Carolyn Larson joins Des Moines Symphony staff

August 12, 2013

Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309


Date: August 12, 2013

Contact: Sophia Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●


DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce that Carolyn Larson has joined the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra & Academy staff as Assistant Manager of Development, Marketing & Finance.

Carolyn Larson, a Des Moines native, received her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History from the University of Iowa. She went on to complete a Master of Public Administration from Drake University with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management in 2012. While at Drake, she became interested in economic development, specifically using the arts as an economic driver. This interest led her to an internship in Arts Administration in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts where she was immersed in a community of art and culture. She enjoyed experiencing the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, which ultimately led her to the Des Moines Symphony when she returned home. She joined the Des Moines Symphony in October 2012 as the Campaign Coordinator for the 75th Anniversary Campaign. She is currently the Assistant Manager of Development, Marketing & Finance.

For more information, or to interview Ms. Larson, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at or at 515.280.4000, ext. 4011.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.5 million, supports the Symphony Academy of Music and its numerous education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which this year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State. -DMSO-