Des Moines Symphony Campaign raises more than $9 million to date

May 13, 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: May 13, 2013

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



DES MOINES  – The Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Campaign has raised $9,085,930 to date, exceeding its $7.5 million goal by more than $1.5 million dollars. Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta announced the news to more than 3,300 people in attendance at the Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Season Finale Concerts May 11 and 12 at the Civic Center in Des Moines.

More than 300 donors participated in the campaign to date, including Leadership Gifts of one million dollars or more from Linda and Tom Koehn, the Gabus Family Foundation and Dr. Stephen C. Smith.  In total, $5,779,000 was received from eleven individual donors and family foundations who each pledged $100,000 or more.

20 corporate and foundation donations totaling $1,783,219 were also received from DuPont Pioneer, Principal Financial Group, Meredith Corporation, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, W.T. & Edna Dahl Trust, Aviva, John Deere Financial, Unity Point Health – Des Moines, Kemin Industries, Becker Underwood, Feed Energy Company, The Iowa Clinic and Wells Fargo Advisors.

The Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Campaign began in July 2011 and continues through June 30, 2013. The Campaign, Orchestrating the Future, is co-chaired by Dr. Rebecca Shaw and DuPont Pioneer President Paul Schickler. Fourteen community leaders serve on the campaign cabinet.

This is 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 Civic Center and renovations to the Symphony Academy’s performance and rehearsal spaces at its home at The Temple for Performing Arts.

For more information or to interview Des Moines Symphony Executive Director Richard L. Early, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at or 515.280.4000, ext. 4011.

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 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 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 last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-