Thank you!

On behalf of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Academy, thank you for your support of the Sound of the City campaign. Because of the generosity of so many, we surpassed our $7 million campaign goal. These gifts will allow us to continue to create extraordinary live musical experiences and outstanding educational programs for years to come, ensuring the sound of our city lives on.

Campaign Leadership Gifts

The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Academy are very grateful for the generous donations we’ve received for our programs through the Sound of the City campaign. Our sincerest thanks to the nearly one hundred donors who supported the campaign, including the following individuals, foundations and corporations for their leadership commitments of $25,000 or more.


  • Fred & Charlotte Hubbell
  • Linda & Tom Koehn
  • Dr. Stephen C. Smith


  • Nixon Lauridsen & Virginia Croskery Lauridsen
  • John Ruan Foundation Trust


  • Harry & Pamela Bookey - The Harry & Pamela Bass-Bookey Charitable Foundation
  • Douglas B. Dorner, M.D. & Carole Villeneuve
  • Gail and the late Stanley Richards
  • Marian W. Sharpe Revocable Trust


  • Barbara Beatty
  • Burnett Family Foundation
  • John & Irene Graether
  • Principal Foundation
  • The Rosenberg Family in honor of Audrey and Dr. Harlan Rosenberg
  • Dr. Steven & Keely Rosenberg
  • Eileen & Paul Tyler
  • Fred & Emily Weitz


  • Amy Beattie
  • Patty & Jim Cownie Charitable Trust
  • Selma N. Duvick Estate
  • Easter Family Fund
  • Meredith Corporation Foundation
  • Drs. Robert & Rebecca Shaw
  • Marvin E. Simonsen Trust


  • Harold & Sylvia Ashby
  • Shelley & Martin Brody
  • The Graham Group, Inc.
  • Trudy Holman Hurd
  • The Nelson Foundation
  • James G. Piros & Ruth A. Wright-Piros, in memory of Dr. Nathan Josephson
  • Anastasia Polydoran, in memory of Dr. Paul A. Polydoran
  • Angie & Brian Sanders
  • Cherie & Bob Shreck, in honor of Drs. Robert & Rebecca Shaw
  • Douglas & Deborah West