A note from the Des Moines Symphony Academy:

Sun Feb 22: Symphony Academy Open House 

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Symphony Academy Open House

Join us 1-4 p.m. Sunday, February 22 for our second annual Symphony Academy Open House! Bring your children and grandchildren for a fun afternoon of performances by current students and Academy faculty, musical activities and so much more. Learn more about this FREE event here!

Symphony Academy students in All-State Music Festival

Congratulations to the following Symphony Academy students musicians who participated in the 2014 Iowa All-State Music Festival Band or Orchestra:
Julia Anderson, Sam Anderson, Jacob Bedia, Emily Beiker, Katherine Breeden, Tamara Cagle, Amelia Dixon, Adam Dostalik, Geneva Gaukel, Zoie Green, Julian Gruber, Olivia Helton, Vaughn Hommerding, Rachel Ingle, Ryan Jeong, Miriam Johll, Mila Kaut, Elsa Klein, Rachel Li, Shana Liu, Sam Michels, Elvin Niu, Kevin Park, Rachel Shapiro, Anna Steenson, Michael Stevens and Charlie Wicker.

Low Brass Clinic

Register today for a Low Brass Clinic, featuring Des Moines Symphony musicians Casey Maday, Will Baker and Bo Atlas (pictured) on Saturday, March 28 at Hoover High School. Students will learn brass techniques that will improve their music making, sound production and more. The day culminates with a performance and all participants will receive complimentary Des Moines Symphony concert tickets for that evening's performance. 

Learn more here!

Congrats, Michele Senger!

Michele Senger was named to School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s 2014 Class of “50 Directors Who Make A Difference." She recounts one of her most memorable moments: 

"One of my sweetest moments occurred when a former student returned to perform as a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony after winning a principal position with the Grand Rapids Symphony ... now he is a member of the New York Philharmonic."

Read the full article here!

Student accomplishments

Pianist Elizabeth Kirsner, from the studio of Irina Kaplan, won IMTA district auditions, and now, she is off to the state competition!

Pianist Shana Liu (pictured), from the studio of Sophia S. Ahmad, won the IMTA junior division state level and also placed as runner-up in the regional divisions, competing against pianists from nine states. 

Upcoming recitals

Youth Symphony & Youth Philharmonic Winter Concert: Wed Feb 25
Christian Baughman Trumpet Studio Recital: Tue Mar 10
Sophia S. Ahmad Spring Studio Recital: Wed Mar 25
Anne Stein Flute Studio Recital: Sun Mar 29
Anne Stein Voice Studio Recital: Sun Apr 12
Anne Stein Piano Studio Recital: Sun Apr 19
View details about more upcoming concerts and recitals here!
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