The Symphony Academy offers a variety of year-round classes and programs for kids and adults of all ages. The Symphony Academy’s Classes, Camps and Workshops provide a challenging, yet nurturing environment for young musicians at various levels of their musical development. Previous enrollment in Symphony Academy programs is not required and students from all schools and private teachers are welcome.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy provides exceptional learning opportunities to our students with experienced master teachers. Through our affiliation with the Des Moines Symphony, our students regularly participate in master classes and other learning opportunities with visiting Des Moines Symphony guest artists. Recent guest teaching artists have included violinists Midori, Vadim Gluzman, Bella Hristova and Anne Akiko Meyers pianists Chris O’Riley, Lise de la Salle and Charlie Albright, conductor Gerard Schwarz; trumpeter Manny Laureano; cellist Julian Schwarz; and flautist Sir James Galway.

Classes & Camps

  • Intro to Flute Choir Workshop
    Intro to Flute Choir Workshop Instructor: Anne Stein Age: Grades 6 - 8 Dates: June 7, 14, 21 & 28 Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM Location: Temple for Performing Arts Tuition: $100

    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.

    Minimum Enrollment: 5

    Performance: Tue Jun 28 at 7:30PM

    Register for Intro to Flute Choir Workshop

  • Flute Choir Workshop
    Flute Choir Workshop Instructor: Anne Stein Age: Grades 9 - 12 Dates: July 5, 12, 19 & 26 Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM Location: Temple for Performing Arts Tuition: $125

    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.

    Minimum Enrollment: 5

    Performance: Tue Jul 26 at 8:00PM

    Register for Flute Choir Workshop

  • String Orchestra Camp
    String Orchestra Camp Dates: Aug 8-11; 15-16 Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM Location: The Temple for Performing Arts Tuition: $125

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

    Musicians must have completed at least one full year of school orchestra or private lessons instruction to participate. 

    Register for String Orchestra Camp