Donor Impact Report

Whether it’s investing in our musicians, faculty, concerts and programs or increasing access to extraordinary, live musical experiences and educational opportunities for all Central Iowans, our success is because of you. From all of us at the Des Moines Symphony & Academy – our board members, musicians, faculty and staff – thank you for choosing to play your part in our success.

Below are just some of the things your gift to the Des Moines Symphony & Academy’s Annual Fund helped us accomplish in our 2017-2018 season. 

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  • Employed more than 198 professional musicians and teaching artists
  • Created an electrifying concert with the Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater performing Falla’s one-act ballet El amor brujo
  • Began Spotlight at the Temple, a musician-created performance series that puts audiences front and center to experience music in a whole new light
  • Commissioned and premiered BRIO for Orchestra, a new orchestral work written by celebrated American composer Augusta Read Thomas


  • More than 34,630 people heard the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra live at the Civic Center through regular season performances
  • A record-breaking 5,676 4th and 5th-grade students from Central Iowa attended our annual school-day Youth Concerts
  • More than 7,090 people experienced our Pops series, including The Music of Queen and the classic sounds of Motown
  • ReMix, a program specifically designed for young professional audiences, entered its second year offering a casual, interactive introduction to the Des Moines Symphony


  • Each week the Des Moines Symphony Academy taught more than 600 students of all levels and paired them with professional musicians and teaching artists
  • Symphony Academy student musicians from 28 Central Iowa communities and 140 different schools participated in more than 45,000 hours of music education
  • 1 in 10 Symphony Academy students were awarded $31,706 in need-based scholarships
  • Student musicians participated in 30 studio recitals, 6 Youth Orchestras concerts, a side-by-side Youth Symphony collaboration with the Des Moines symphony and 8 master classes with Des Moines Symphony guest artists and musicians


  • Celebrated the 25th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on the Iowa Capitol Grounds, bringing live symphonic music to nearly 100,000 Central Iowans
  • More than 2,000 youth and families were able to attend one of our Masterworks concerts through free and reduced price tickets provided to Central Iowa youth and nonprofit organizations such as VetTix, USCRI’s Family Mentor Program and Blank Children’s Hospital

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