Summer Programs

The Symphony Academy’s Summer Camps and Workshops are geared to providing a challenging, yet nurturing music learning environment for young musicians at various levels of their musical development. Musicians will gather to make music, improve musicianship and listening skills and work with professional musicians; all while creating lasting friendships.  Students should expect to be challenged through new experiences with fellow players.  Instructors will give participants encouragement and a fresh perspective.  Previous enrollment in Symphony Academy programs is not required; students from all schools and private teachers are welcome! Fill your summer with musical memories at the Des Moines Symphony Academy.

Our 2017 Summer Programs are now available.  See below for specific program information!

To Register for a 2017 Summer Program, please complete a Summer Program Registration Form and return it to Joshua Barlage at or mail a completed form to:

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

Symphony Academy 2017 Summer Programs Tuition, Attendance and Student Safety Policies – rev Mar 2017
Symphony Academy 2017 Summer Program Registration Form

If you are interested in enrolling in one of our Beginning Strings Program classes this summer, please see of our Beginning Strings Page for more information. 


Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Tue May 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Chamber Music Studio

Grades 6-8
Tuition: $95, includes (4) 60-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Do you love playing the flute?  Come join other flute enthusiasts for our Intro to Flute Choir Workshop!  This class will offer middle school flutists an opportunity to gain experience as an ensemble player which enhances a flutist’s individual musical development.  Students will learn how to use different tonal colors and listen for blend, balance, and intonation as well as developing their technique in fingering, articulation, breathing, and embouchure.  Participants will have the opportunity to play alto flute and bass flute.  Repertoire includes traditional rounds, classical, and jazzy pieces. The class will prepare students to play in the upper level Symphony Academy Flute Choirs.  New members may be required to audition.

Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Thu Jul 6 and Tue Jul 11, 18 and 25, 2017
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Performance: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Location 4th Floor Grand Hall
Grades 9-12
Tuition:  $135, includes (4) 90-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Savor your “flute flavor” with other flute fanatics.  We will explore music arranged and composed specifically for flute choir.  Participants will have the opportunity to play alto and bass flutes.   Our Flute Choir Workshop will include a final concert and possible casual performances in summer settings.  New members may be required to audition.

Instructors: Casey Maday & Joshua Johnson
Dates: Mon-Thr, Jul 10-13, 2017
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Location: 4th Floor Grand and Recital Halls
Grades 7-12
Tuition: $125, includes (4) 2.5 hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 10

Attention all Middle and High School brass players!  Are you interested in keeping your chops in shape before marching band season begins?  Do you want to gain the necessary skills to move to the head of your squad or section?  Well, our Summer Brass Camp is the place to be this June.  Led by Symphony Academy Faculty and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra members Casey Maday and Joshua Johnson, our Summer Brass Ensemble Camp will provide brass players with the fundamentals of a proper warm-up, techniques to maximum your practice time and the chance to play some of the greatest brass music in the repertoire.  Catch the “buzz” this July at our Summer Brass Ensemble Camp!

Instructors: Matt Meyer & Michele Senger
Dates: Mon-Thr, Aug 14-17 & Mon-Tue, Aug 21 & 22, 2017
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Grand & Recital Halls
Tuition per musician: $105, includes (6) 2-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 8 musicians per ensemble

Rosin up those bows for our Summer String Orchestra Camp. Participating musicians will work with Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras Conductors on challenging, age-appropriate repertoire for string orchestra.

Program Overview: (2) Large Ensemble Orchestral Program
Ensemble 1 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 1-4
Ensemble 2 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 5+
MINIMUM PLAYING REQUIREMENTS – Musicians must have completed at least one full year of school orchestra or private lessons instruction to participate.