Des Moines Symphony Campaign raises $9.8 million, exceeding $7.5 million goal

September 10, 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: September 10, 2013

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


The Des Moines Symphony & Academy is pleased to announce the final results of the 75th Anniversary Campaign. The goal of the campaign was to raise $7.5 million dollars toward the Symphony’s Operating Endowment. Thanks to many generous individual donors and organizations, the Campaign received more than $5.8 million in current gift pledges, $3.2 million in future estate pledges and $725,000 in capital gift pledges. The total of all gifts and pledges to the Campaign is more than $9.8 million dollars.

This was the Des Moines Symphony’s first comprehensive, public campaign, which will expand the endowment to more than $10 million and fund two capital projects, including design and construction of a new state-of-the-art acoustical shell for the Symphony’s performances in the Des Moines Civic Center and renovations to the Symphony Academy’s performance and rehearsal spaces at its home at The Temple for Performing Arts.

A complete listing of donors may be found here, in the final Campaign newsletter.

Find out more about the Campaign at

The Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Campaign began in July 2011. The Campaign, Orchestrating the Future, was co-chaired by Dr. Rebecca Shaw and DuPont Pioneer President Paul Schickler. Fourteen community leaders served on the campaign cabinet.
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 and its numerous music 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 Des Moines Civic Center. 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 last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-