September 11, 2018

James Blanchard


Flute, Acting Principal

James Blanchard is the Acting Principal Flutist of the Des Moines Symphony. He joined the ensemble in May 2018 as 2nd Flute. He is a regular guest performer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet of Seattle. Previously, James has played as Guest Principal with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and as a substitute for the New York Philharmonic. Later in April, James will participate in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Global Academy, which will culminate in chamber and orchestral performances with members of the LSO led by Sir Simon Rattle.


James is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University where he studied with Leone Buyse at the Shepherd School of Music. While at Rice, James founded the Prismatics Woodwind Quintet – the ensemble won the bronze medal at the 2015 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.


After graduating from Rice, James earned his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert Langevin. During his time in New York City, James won second prize at the 2017 New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition. He also founded Tangent Winds, another woodwind quintet that also won the bronze medal at the 2018 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.


James has attended the Aspen Music Festival as a member of the Contemporary Ensemble, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West.


James lives in San Jose, California with his parter. 

March 23, 2012

Anne Stein

BA – Simpson College

Ms. Stein earned her bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Simpson College where she majored in voice and double minored in flute and piano. A mezzo-soprano, Anne has sung with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Operafestival di Roma, and in Graz, Austria with The American Institute of Musical Studies where she sang the role of “Maddalena” in “Rigoletto”, and was an oratorio soloist with the AIMS Chorale under the direction of William Huckabee. She studied voice with renowned teachers Anne Larson, Helena Nedomansky, and Judith Kellock; and has performed in Master Classes for Jerrold Sienna and Grannila Bonelli. She is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Anne Stein pursued her flute studies at Simpson College under Kelly Via, Principal Piccolo with The Atlanta Symphony. She is a regular recitalist and jazz artist in the Des Moines area. Ms. Stein is the director of the flute quartet, “Zauberflote”, and The Des Moines Symphony Academy Flute Choirs. Ms. Stein is also a busy accompanist and arranger, having studied piano with pianist/composer, Sven Lekberg; as well as theory and counterpoint with pianist/composer, Ray Songayllo.