The Symphony Academy offers a variety of year-round classes and programs for kids and adults of all ages. The Symphony Academy’s Classes, Camps and Workshops provide a challenging, yet nurturing environment for young musicians at various levels of their musical development. Previous enrollment in Symphony Academy programs is not required and students from all schools and private teachers are welcome.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy provides exceptional learning opportunities to our students with experienced master teachers. Through our affiliation with the Des Moines Symphony, our students regularly participate in master classes and other learning opportunities with visiting Des Moines Symphony guest artists. Recent guest teaching artists have included violinists Midori, Vadim Gluzman, Bella Hristova and Anne Akiko Meyers pianists Chris O’Riley, Lise de la Salle and Charlie Albright, conductor Gerard Schwarz; trumpeter Manny Laureano; cellist Julian Schwarz; and flautist Sir James Galway.

Classes & Camps

  • Strings Chamber Camp
    Strings Chamber Camp Age: 7 - 18 Dates: July 13-17, 2020 Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM Location: Temple for the Performing Arts Tuition: $375

    The Des Moines Symphony Academy’s 14th Annual Strings Summer Camp will take place July 13-17, 2020. Auditions will be held for all stringed instruments, including piano. 

    Camp will be a full five days from 9:00AM – 5:00PM culminating in a performance at 4:30PM on Friday, July 17. Students will have the opportunity to work with top industry professionals and participate in Alexander Technique workshops, private lessons, rhythm workshops, theory classes, team building exercises and more.

    Registration is extended until May 1.
     Please submit an audition video to by May 1. Video recordings can be submitted from a phone camera or uploaded to YouTube.

    Videos should include:
    2 scales (your choice)
    3-5 minutes of a polished piece
    No Accompaniment

    Requirements: 1 year or more in private lessons

    Please contact Amanda Drish at 515.280.4000 x4005 or with any questions.

    Register for Strings Chamber Camp

  • Alexander Technique
    Alexander Technique Instructor: Anita Mischuk Location: Temple for Performing Arts Tuition: $125 per 5 week session

    F.M. Alexander discovered that we often interrupt our innate coordination and lose our natural support, ease, and joy in playing our instrument.  He used this found knowledge to develope tools for transforming tension, fatigue, and pain into useful energy.

    In this series of classes, students will be given tools to access this innate coordination, explore personal use patterns and habits and learn to make new choices that provide ease of motion, increase technical proficiency and access artistry.  Classes are open to all ages and designed for those who are interested in using Alexander Technique concepts to ease pain, prevent injury and promote general well-being.

    Alexander Technique classes will be held in 5-week sessions and will take place in our Chamber Music Studio, 2nd floor at The Temple for Performing Arts.

    2019-2020 SESSION DATES 
    Fall Session – Nov 7 through Dec 12, 2019
    Winter Session – Jan 19 through Feb 16, 2020
    Spring Session I – Mar 1 through Apr 5, 2020
    Spring Session II – Apr 19 through May 17, 2020

    Register for Alexander Technique