DMSA Managing Director named Music Director & Conductor of Fort Dodge Area Symphony

July 11, 2013

Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: July 11, 2013

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Des Moines, Iowa – Des Moines Symphony Academy Managing Director  Joshua Barlage has been named Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, a non-profit, volunteer orchestra in Fort Dodge, founded in 1949. He will continue to serve as Managing Director of the Des Moines Symphony Academy, where he’s held his current position since 2009.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to work in tandem for the Fort Dodge Area Symphony and the Des Moines Symphony Academy. The combination of my positions with these two organizations affords me the opportunity to fulfill my passion for both artistic and administrative leadership roles,” Barlage said.

Joshua Barlage holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have included Nicholas J. Perrini on horn, conducting with William Boggs and theory/counterpoint with Dr. Mark Lochstampfor.

Mr. Barlage has held assistant conducting positions with Opera Columbus, Columbus Light Opera and the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. As an assistant with Opera Columbus, he worked with renowned guest conductors and soloists, preparing opera choruses and covering main stage rehearsals and performances. In March 2002, Mr. Barlage led performances of Susan Kander’s Somebody’s Children, a youth opera for three soloists, youth chorus and small ensemble; based on the story of the orphan trains in post-Civil War America.

On the personal invitation of Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson, Mr. Barlage accompanied the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra on their highly successful tour to The People’s Republic of China in June 2005 and led the CSYO on a series of fully staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with dancers from Columbus Youth Ballet Academy.

Mr. Barlage serves as the Managing Director of the Des Moines Symphony Academy, a year-round institution dedicated to providing outstanding music education opportunities for students ages three to adult including private lessons, group classes, chamber music and three outstanding Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras, which attract gifted and accomplished young instrumentalists from throughout Central Iowa.

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-