Symphony Academy student Adam Dostalik places third in 2013 Bill Riley Talent Search Senior Division

August 22, 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: August 22, 2013

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


Des Moines, Iowa – The Des Moines Symphony Academy is pleased to announce that on Sunday, August 18, Des Moines Symphony Academy piano student Adam Dostalik placed third in the Senior Division of the 2013 Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair, winning a prize of $2,000.

“I enjoy participating in the Bill Riley Talent Search because it gives me the opportunity to perform in front of a variety of people. I also enjoy meeting all of the competitors from across the state. The talent this year was amazing. I was thrilled when all of my hard work paid off and I placed third!” Adam said.

Adam is 16 years old and is from Urbandale. He is a tenth grader at Johnston High School and studies piano with Sophia S. Ahmad at the Des Moines Symphony Academy.

“Adam is a fine example of the high caliber of students at the Des Moines Symphony Academy.  He is a gifted and focused young man and I am so pleased he has earned this honor,” Sophia S. Ahmad said.

Nearly 100 qualifying Bill Riley Talent Search events are held statewide, followed by seven days of preliminary competition. Nine senior division semifinalists competed in the finals on August 18. The Senior Division is open to competitors ages 13 to 21.

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-