The Des Moines Symphony Academy is proud to call The Temple for Performing Arts its home. The Symphony Academy celebrated its grand opening on September 8, 2003, beginning its mission to provide the very best music education experiences for music enthusiasts of all ages. Our inaugural year also marked the permanent home of the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras (then known as the Greater Des Moines Youth Symphonies). The Symphony Academy’s facility includes eight private teaching studios and two breathtaking performance halls and is the home of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s extensive music library.

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The Des Moines Symphony Academy is a musical community of excellence where talented and motivated instrumental students will become accomplished musicians through musical study and memorable performances taught, directed and mentored by recognized professional musicians and educators.
A vital extension of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, in cooperation with school music and home study programs, the Academy will encourage and equip students to reach their musical goals while building and nurturing collegial relationships.

The Symphony Academy will provide a strong foundation for a lifetime of music appreciation and enjoyment and an opportunity for students to pursue excellence and achieve their full potential.



The Des Moines Symphony Academy admits students of any race, color, national origin and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and other school-administered programs.


Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Des Moines Symphony Academy
The Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street, Suite 400
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 515.280.3332