Des Moines Symphony Academy launches Preludio Strings Youth Orchestra

September 29, 2015

Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: September 29, 2015

Contact: Mackenzie Sheehan, Marketing Manager ● 515.280.4004 ●

Des Moines Symphony Academy launches Preludio Strings Youth Orchestra

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Des Moines Symphony Academy is pleased to announce the launch of Preludio Strings, our newest youth orchestra designed for first through fourth graders. Conducted by Des Moines Symphony Orchestra violinist and Youth Sinfonia conductor Matt Meyer, the program is made possible by a $150,000 gift from The Gardner & Florence Call Cowles Foundation.

“We know that learning music transforms the brain in positive and permanent ways, and we actively seek out opportunities that expand and deepen our students’ interaction with high-quality music-making,” said Symphony Academy Managing Director Joshua Barlage.

“Through the generosity of the Cowles Foundation, these unique and necessary hands-on mentorship opportunities will prepare our Symphony Academy students to learn, interact and perform at the highest levels possible.”

Preludio Strings is one of four Symphony Academy Youth Orchestras that equip young musicians with vital ensemble skills like listening, playing with colleagues and following a conductor in a challenging social environment.

For questions or to interview Joshua Barlage, please contact Marketing Manager Mackenzie Sheehan at or 515.280.4004. The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire 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 $3.2 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including four youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, a Pops series including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The organization also produces and performs the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which attracts more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.


The Des Moines Symphony Academy is a year-round institution dedicated to offering outstanding music education to student musicians ages three to adult. Founded in 2003 and located in downtown Des Moines at The Temple for Performing Arts, the Academy serves more than 470 students each week through private and group lessons and ensemble training and performance, including four youth orchestras. The Des Moines Symphony Academy provides enriching, comprehensive and interactive music education experiences where talented and motivated instrumental students become accomplished musicians through musical study and memorable performances taught, directed and mentored by recognized professional musicians and educators.