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Classes & Programs

The Symphony Academy offers classes and programs for kids and adults of all ages.

Adult Classes

CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS

Join Dr. Eric Saylor (pictured) for four informal and enjoyable classes that introduce you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2013-2014 Season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and cheese and enlightening conversations.

Cost: $15 per class (Feb 12, Apr 9)

Dates:
Wednesdays from 6:30-8p
Feb 12, Apr 9

Location: The Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street

Please contact Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, Symphony Academy at Joshua@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.3332 for more information or to register for an Adult Class.

 

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Bella Hristova Symphony Academy 2014 Artist-In-Residence

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s 2014 Artist-In-Residence is violinist Bella Hristova, who performs April 12 & 13 with the Des Moines Symphony.

1049 Each of these residence events is open to the public and free to attend.

RESIDENCE SCHEDULE

MASTER CLASS
Thursday, April 10, 2014
3:45-5:45 p.m.
Turner Jazz Center, Drake University

Master Class Program:
Laura Carther                         BRUCH              Violin Concert, 3rd movement
Valley High School, 10th Grade
Student of Mr. John Helmich

Reuben Kebede                   J. S. BACH        Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for solo violin
Drake University
Student of Dr. Sarah Plum

Ryan Jeong                             BRUCH              Violin Concert, 3rd movement
Accompanied by Sewon Han
Ankeny, 8th Grade
Student of Dr. Jonathan Sturm

Nina Liu                                    VIVALDI           “Winter” from the Four Seasons
Accompanied by Drake University String Ensemble
Drake University
Student of Dr. Sarah Plum

 

SCHOOL VISIT

Friday, April 11, 2014
10:45-11:30 a.m.
Valley High School
Ms. Hristova will work with member of the Valley High School Chamber Orchestra.  This orchestra is under the direction of Mr. Phil Peters.

 

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Beginning Strings Program

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Sydney Gerritsen

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Beginning Strings Program will provide young, aspiring musicians ages 4 and 5 years old with their first instructional experience on violin, viola or cello.

Group classes will be offered in four semesters yearly—Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer—each semester consisting of nine weeks of 45 minute weekly classes culminating in a large group class taking place during the tenth week, which will provide students with ensemble experience early on in the learning process.  Students may join at the start of any semester.

The Symphony Academy Beginning Strings Program is designed for students to enter the program at age four or five and continue on until they are prepared to begin private lessons at the Symphony Academy and participate in the Symphony Academy Youth Orchestras program. When they move into private studios, they will have all of the skills necessary to move forward with productive weekly private lessons and to be fully participatory members of the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Download a copy of our Beginning Strings Program Flyer.  Learn more about our Program Director Sydney Gerritsen (pictured).


FALL 2013 SEMESTER  - CLASS SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE!!

Classes for new families available at The Temple for Performing Arts and area locations
BSP Registration Form Fall 2013
Beginning Strings Classes are also offered in Johnston and Waukee through their school Community Education Departments.

2013-2014 GROUP LESSONS FOR YOUNG BEGINNERS SEMESTER DATES
Fall Semester, September 9 – November 16, 2013 (9 weeks)
Winter Semester, January 6 – March 8, 2014 (9 weeks)
Spring Semester, March 24 – May 25, 2014 (9 weeks)

For more information about our Beginning String Program, please contact Joshua Barlage,  Managing Director, at 515.280.3332 or joshua@dmsymphony.org.

The Beginning Strings Program is supported by a Community Betterment Grant from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

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Casey Maday Brass Clinic & Masterclass

Casey Maday Brass Clinic & Masterclass – FREE EVENT!

Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 4pm
The Temple for Performing Arts

caseymadayDesigned to provide high school brass players with focused preparation for state solo & ensemble contest.

Clinic will include:
Warmup, Practice and Performance technique clinic
One-on-one coaching sessions for soloists and ensembles
Performance by trombonist Casey Maday

Casey Maday Symphony Academy Brass Clinic Flyer Mar 5, 2014

For more information about Casey’s Brass Clinic, please contact Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, at 515.280.3332 or joshua@dmsymphony.org.

 

 

 

 

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Group Lessons for Young Beginners

Group Lessons for Young Beginners is a sequence of three pre-piano music levels for 3-6 year olds.

OFFERINGS

Level one, POCO PIANO is for
Children age three or four years old who have had no previous music instruction.

Level two, PRESTO PIANO is for
Children age four years old who have completed the Poco Piano level or ages five or six years old with no previous music instruction

Level three, PIANO PARTNERS is for
Graduates of our Presto Piano level. Piano Partners is specially designed to help students gain the necessary music fundamentals for a successful transition into private instrumental instruction.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s pre piano class curriculum will enrich your children’s knowledge and skills for a lifelong appreciation of music. During each of our weekly 45-minute classes your child will learn musical fundamentals through discovery-based activities within a nurturing, exploratory environment.  These fundamentals include reading musical notation, singing and moving to music, ensemble playing, improvisation, ear training and the mechanics of piano technique.

Parent participation is not necessary during class time. However, the Pre-piano class curriculum has been developed so you the parent or caregiver with some musical training can share in the fun of making music side-by-side with your child at home. The music used in class will be familiar to both you and your child having been carefully chosen from a rich heritage of nursery rhymes, folk songs and original compositions.

Group Lessons for Young Beginners is offered in (3) 9-week semesters (Fall, Winter and Spring), with shorter 3-week sessions in December, June and July.

Our class schedule is arranged to accommodate young musicians enrolled in either morning or afternoon pre-school programs.

All Group Lessons for Young Beginners classes are held in our Group Lessons Studio, 2nd floor at The Temple for Performing Arts

Class availability is subject to change.  Class enrollment is confirmed one week prior to the start of a given semester.

2013-2014 GROUP LESSONS FOR YOUNG BEGINNERS SEMESTER DATES
Fall Semester, September 9 – November 16, 2013 (9 weeks)
December Intersession, December 2 – December 21, 2013 (3 weeks)
Winter Semester, January 6 – March 8, 2014 (9 weeks)
Spring Semester, March 24 – May 25, 2014 (9 weeks)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Our Spring 2014 Class Schedule offers morning, afternoon and early evenings classes for new families.
Spring 2014 Group Lessons for Young Beginners Registration Form

CANCELLATIONS, MAKE-UPS & REFUNDS

Classes that do not enroll the required minimum number of students 5 days prior to class convening may be cancelled. Students that have paid for a cancelled class will receive a refund or may apply credit to another class or private lesson.

Any class missed due to inclement weather or faculty absence will be made up. No other make-ups will be offered.

If a family needs to drop a class, the Des Moines Symphony Academy will consider refunding the classes missed if dropped within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

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2014 Imani Winds Woodwind Quintet Invitational

In collaboration with Civic Music Association, the Symphony Academy will be presenting a 2014 Woodwind Quintet Invitational, featuring the Imani Winds.

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10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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Registration Fee: $25, includes one (1) ticket to Civic Music Association present the Imani Winds concert on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University.

FULL IMANI WINDS WOODWIND QUINTET INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Imani Winds Event Schedule Jan 24, 2014
2014 Imani Winds Woodwind Quintet Invitational Flyer


DINNER & CONVERSATION WITH THE IMANI WINDS EVENT “THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

Join us for a special pre-invitational event with the Imani Winds on Thr, Jan 23, 2014 at 5;30 p.m.  Specially designed for current and future music educators, this insightful dialogue-based event will share insight into the world of engaging the young performers in beneficial and meaningful performance opportunities, followed by a Q & A Session with the Imani Winds.  Music Education Majors are encouraged to attend!
EVENT COST: $18 PER PERSON


WOODWIND QUINTET INVITATIONAL MASTER CLASS
– Master Class Applications must be postmarked by Tue, Dec 31, 2013.
Imani Winds Master Class Rules & Guidelines
Imani Winds Master Class Application


IMANI WINDS WOODWIND QUINTET INVITATIONAL FAQ:

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT?
To register for the Imani Winds Woodwind Quintet Invitational, please complete a Registration Form and return it to us by Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF A WOODWIND QUINTET TO PARTICIPATE?
No, any high school or collegiate flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or horn player can register for our Woodwind Quintet Invitational.

CAN I ATTEND THE FRIDAY EVENTS WITHOUT ATTENDING THE THURSDAY NIGHT EVENT?
Although we hope to see you at both event, you are welcome to register for either event independently. Note: concert tickets are offered only in conjunction

For questions or additional information about this event, please contact Joshua Barlage, Managing Director, at 515.280.3332 or joshua@dmsymphony.org

This event is being presented with additional support from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

 

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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.

Join us for one of our 2014 Summer Programs!

To Register: Please complete a Summer Programs Registration Form and return it to:
Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Des Moines Symphony Academy
The Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309
or e-mail your completed registration form to joshua@dmsymphony.org

Symphony Academy 2014 Summer Program Registration Form

INTRO TO FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP

Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Thr, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Performance: Thr, May 29, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Ages: 7th & 8th Grades
Tuition: $90 per musician, includes (4) 60-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 4

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 Des Moines Symphony Academy Flute Choirs.  New members may be required to audition.

FLUTE CHOIR WORKSHOP

Instructor: Anne Stein
Dates: Thr, Jun 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jul 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Location Recital Hall
Ages: 9th – 12th Grades
Tuition:  $130 per musician, includes (5) 90-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 4

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 performance on alto and bass flutes.   Performances will include a final concert and possible casual performances in summer settings.  New members may be required to audition.

 

RHYTHM BOOM!!

Instructor: Aaron Williams
Dates: Dates: Mon – Thr, Jul 14-17, 2014
Time: 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. and/or 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:15 and 1:15 p.m.
Location: Grand Hall
Ages: 1st – 5th Grade
Tuition: $65.00 per musician, includes (4) 45-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 4

Don’t read music? Don’t play an instrument? No problem! Rhythm Boom is an energy-packed class where students get to dig in to all sorts of rhythm activities. All the activities incorporate hands-on performance with a wide variety of percussion instruments, from African hand drums to objects that can be found in your own home. Students will learn to feel the beat and understand tempo through active, group-oriented jam sessions.

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CAMP

Instructor: Aaron Williams
Dates: Dates: Mon – Thr, Jul 14-17, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Hall
Ages: 6th – 12TH Grade
Tuition: $80.00 per musician, includes (4) 90-min sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 4

Big grooves and funky beats are what this ensemble is all about. Have fun this summer playing high-powered percussion ensemble music with other percussionists. Music will be distributed on the first day of camp.

 

BRASS ENSEMBLE CAMP

Instructors: Casey Maday
Dates/Times: Mon – Wed, Jun 16 – 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Thr, Jun 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Grand & Recital Halls
Ages: Grades 7-12
Tuition: $175.00, includes (7) 2.5-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 16

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 member and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra musicians Casey Maday, our Summer Brass Ensemble Camp will provide brass players with the fundamentals of a proper warm-up, techniques to maximum you practice time and the chance to play some of the greatest brass music in the repertoire.  Catch the “buzz” this June at our Summer Brass Ensemble Camp!

 

STRING ORCHESTRA CAMP

Instructors: Matt Meyer, Michele Senger
Dates: Mon – Thr, Aug 11-14, 2014; Mon  & Tue, Aug 18 & 19, 2014
Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Performance: Tue,Aug 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Grand & Recital Halls
Tuition per musician: $150.00, includes (6) 90 minute sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 7 musicians per ensemble

Ensemble 1 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 1-4
Ensemble 2 – Musicians in Suzuki Books 5+

Rosin up those bows for our Summer String Orchestra Camp.  Participants will work with Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestra conductors on challenging, age-appropriate repertoire for string orchestra.
Program Overview: (2) Large Ensemble Orchestral Program

 

HARP CAMP

Instructor: Mary Foss
Dates: Mon – Thr, Jul 14-17, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jul 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Tuition: $155 per musician, includes (4) 2-hour sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 4

Beginning, intermediate and advanced harpists are welcome!  This course is a great way to learn ensemble techniques, listening skills, phrasing and tuning using intervals.  Students will rehearse ensemble repertoire, which will be mailed prior to the first class.  Styles covered include classical, Celtic, and jazz.  Players will perform solo repertoire for critique.  We encourage you to bring your own instrument.  For more info or to arrange to use a harp, please contact Mary Foss at 515.480-3275.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP FOR PIANO, STRINGS, WINDS AND BRASS

Instructors: Various Symphony Academy Faculty
Session 1: Dates: Mon – Thr, Jul 21-24, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Jul 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Session 2
Dates: Mon – Thr, Aug 4-7, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Performance: Thr, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Grand & Recital Halls
Ages: 7th grade through Adult
Tuition: $130 per musician per session, includes (4) 90-minute sessions
Minimum Enrollment: 3 musicians per group

Piano, wind and brass players are invited to perform chamber music here at the Symphony Academy.  Musicians will be grouped by grade and experience into trios, quartets and mixed ensembles.  Repertoire will be mailed in advance.  Each group will be coached by a member of the Symphony Academy faculty.  Groups will explore chamber repertoire while building confident and leadership skills as a young musician.  Existing groups also welcome!

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