Annual Fund

Support The Des Moines Symphony & Academy and invest in Central Iowa’s continued growth as an economic and cultural center.


JoeGiuntaandStringsTicket sales revenue, though robust over the past several seasons, covers less than half the cost required for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra to perform the world’s great orchestral music. Contributions to the Orchestra Annual Fund and Academy Annual Fund, including through the Symphony’s three professional circles, allow us to hire talented musicians, engage world-class guest artists, offer education and instruction to young musicians and much, much more.

The Des Moines Symphony & Academy depends on individual and community support to create—and engage our community in—extraordinary musical experiences and outstanding educational opportunities.

The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, comprised of more than 80 professional musicians is an integral factor in the vibrant cultural offering and rich quality of life we enjoy in Central Iowa. Additionally, the Des Moines Symphony Academy is one of only a few music academies in the country to benefit from direct affiliation with a professional symphony orchestra.

FermataJoin the Fermata Club

Your life is busy. Your time is valuable. Monthly or quarterly giving is a convenient way to give, and you’ll enjoy donor benefits for your full annual commitment. Join the Symphony’s NEW Fermata Club – the Symphony’s sustaining donor group.

Click here to join the Fermata Club

Patron Circle

  • $5,000+
    • Opportunity to sponsor a Masterworks or Pops concert

Maestro’s Circle

Join members of the Maestro’s Circle in the West Balcony Lounge during intermissions of Masterworks concerts and at other special events throughout the season by making at least a $1,250 annual gift.

  • $2,500+
    • Opportunity to sponsor an Orchestra musician
    • Concierge Plus Service–including priority holds & service for sold-out events
  • $1,250+
    • VIP Hospitality Suite at Concerts: Head to the West Balcony Lounge for a private cash bar and complimentary hors d’ouevres during intermission at any Symphony Masterworks or Pops Series concerts
    • Concierge Service–including ticket exchange service

Membership Levels

  • $500+
    • Backstage Pass Invitation: Join Maestro Giunta and Orchestra musicians for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres and take your seat on stage during a Masterworks rehearsal
  • $250+
    • Invitations to attend special Masterworks Donor Open Rehearsals
  • $100+
    • Advance notice of unique Symphony special events
    • Recognition in the Community Support section in the Symphony’s Season Program Books
  • $50+
    • Advanced eProgram Notes sent to your before each Masterworks concert
    • Voting privileges at the Annual Board of Trustees Meeting