Symphony Academy hosts first-ever Open House

January 15, 2014

Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: January 15, 2014

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


Des Moines, Iowa – The Des Moines Symphony Academy will host its first-ever open house 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014 at The Temple for Performing Arts, the home of the Des Moines Symphony Academy (1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa). This event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will enjoy performances by Symphony Academy students, meet faculty, participate in demo classes, enter to win door prizes and more.

“Our Open House is an excellent opportunity for interested music students, parents and grandparents to experience all the Symphony Academy has to offer,” said Des Moines Symphony Academy Managing Director Joshua Barlage.

“Research has proven that music education enhances cognitive abilities, helps young people become successful leaders and productive team members, and promotes positive life choices.”

Now in its eleventh year, the Symphony Academy is a year-round educational institution dedicated to offering outstanding music education to musicians ages three to adult. More than 450 students participate in Symphony Academy programs taught by 23 professional music educators, including 13 musicians from the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony Academy offers 17 programs including Private Lessons on most orchestral instruments, Group Lessons for Young Beginners (Beginning Strings and Beginning Piano), Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras, Chamber Music, Adult Classes, Classical Conversations, and Summer and Spring Break Camps. The Symphony Academy also offers tuition assistance in the form of income-based scholarships.

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