Des Moines Symphony Academy receives three-year pledge from Fred Maytag Family Foundation

October 4, 2012

Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: October 4, 2012

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


Des Moines, Iowa – The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce The Fred Maytag Family Foundation has pledged $25,000 per year for the next three years toward Des Moines Symphony Academy operations. This generous pledge is a significant increase from its previous $20,000 per year multi-year pledge.

The Maytag Foundation’s support will help the Symphony Academy grow and create new opportunities for Des Moines- area students to become accomplished musicians through musical study and memorable performances taught, directed and mentored by recognized professional musicians and educators. Continued support of the Symphony Academy provides opportunities such as the recent collaboration between The Pointe Academy, a local ballet school, and the Des Moines Symphony Academy.

“In the next few school years, we will see an expansion of our chamber music program, continued partnerships with area school districts and creation of unique and memorable performance opportunities for our students – all of which are designed to promote healthy growth in our student enrollment and increase our educational footprint in Central Iowa,” said Joshua Barlage, Symphony Academy Managing Director.

“It is the commitment of funders, such as The Maytag Family Foundation, that provide the necessary financial tools to facilitate this anticipated growth and prosperity.”

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service 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 $2.4 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-