Symphony Academy students in All-State Orchestra & Band
Sunday: Youth Symphony performs with Simon Estes
Feb 1: Symphony Academy Open House

Des Moines Symphony
Youth Orchestra auditions


Congratulations to Symphony Academy student Laura Carther (pictured) on being selected as concertmaster for the 2013 All-State Orchestra. Laura is in tenth grade and a student of John Helmich

The following Symphony Academy students were selected to perform with the 2013 Iowa All-State Music Festival Orchestra or Band:
Josh Becker, Emily Bieker, Liz Bonnett, Katherine Breeden, Lexi Brennan, Alex Carther, Laura Carther, Julian Castillo, Susannah Crichton, Conner Dickson, Adam Dostalik, Geveva Gaukel, Madison Helton, Patrick Hiatt, Vaughn Hommerding, Maia Hove, Rachel Ingle, Petrino Ippolito, Matt Johnson, Mila Kaut, Elsa Klein, Carl Krause, Shana Liu, Hannah Marks, Samuel Michels, Ben Pieper, Rachel Shapiro, Saketh Undurty, Joe Wandro.

Thursday: BK Davis concert

Sunday: Youth Symphony performs with bass-baritone Simon Estes

At 3 pm this Sunday, the Des Moines Symphony Youth Symphony will perform with legendary bass-baritone Simon Estes in a concert presented by The Simon Estes Foundation. The concert takes place at the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University, and all proceeds will be used to purchase bed nets for children in Africa as part of the Simon Estes Foundation’s Eliminate Malaria Campaign. Purchase tickets here! 
Meet the faculty: Charles Miranda

Beginning Strings Program news

Our Beginning Strings Program is in its third semester and is currently serving fifteen students in six classes. Classes are offered in Waukee, Johnston, Bergman Academy, Plymouth Nursery School, and the UnityPoint Child Development Center in addition to the Symphony Academy's home at The Temple for Performing Arts. Each semester concludes with a recital, allowing students from around the community to meet one another and for parents to see progress throughout the year.
For information on registering for our Beginning Strings Program Winter Semester, please contact Sydney Gerritsen at 515.724.9592 or

Upcoming recitals 
All recitals are free and open to the public!

Monday: John Helmich piano studio recital
Tuesday: John Helmich violin studio recitals
Tuesday: Sophia S. Ahmad piano studio recital
Classical Conversations

Sat Feb 1: Symphony Academy open house

Mark your calendars for our first-ever Symphony Academy Open House: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat Feb 1, 2014 at our home at The Temple for Performing Arts. Bring your friends and family and learn about all the Symphony Academy, enjoy performances, games and door prizes.
Private lessons

Meet the faculty: Christian Baughman

Get to know trumpet instructor Christian Baughman! Christian holds a Master of Music Education form Boston University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Drake University. He currently teaches seventh grade instrumental music at Ankeny Community Schools. Read more about Christian here.

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