Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

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Mission: The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra is one of Iowa’s and the Midwest’s premiere arts institutions. The mission of the Des Moines Symphony Association is to enrich, educate and inspire our community by performing great orchestral music.  Led by Music Director Joseph Giunta since 1989, the Orchestra has established an outstanding national reputation as one of the country’s leading regional orchestras, performing a regular series of Masterworks, Pops, Family, and Education Concerts, as well as performing for special events. With the establishment in 2003 of the Des Moines Symphony Academy, the organization is one of only four American orchestras to sponsor an Academy of Music as an integral part of its core mission and the Symphony & Academy together are now the largest employer of professional artists in Iowa.

Location: Des Moines (47.7 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: Summer internships in the marketing and development departments, volunteer opportunities at Yankee Doodle Pops and throughout the year at concerts.  From staffing information tables at the Civic Center to helping with Summer Pops outdoor concerts, volunteering with the Symphony allows you to share your love of music with our community.



  • One-time events: yes
  • Ongoing: no
  • Groups possible?

When is service needed: Year-round. Summer is the heaviest season when we need assistance. Yankee Doodle Pops in July utilizes 40 volunteers, and our internships run in the summer months.

Number of hours: Flexible hours, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: yes
  • Fully virtual possible: yes


Prerequisites: Virtual training would be required if a volunteer were to assist us remotely.

Background check required: no

Equipment/logistics needed: For in-person events, transportation is needed.


Training supplied: Training would depend on the individual department requiring help.


How to apply: Apply via the website at

Contact: Megan Helmers, 515.280.4000,


Operation information: The Symphony is the principal resident company of the acoustically acclaimed, 2,662 seat Des Moines Civic Center. Performances there on its regular season of seven pairs of Masterworks concerts have included the major works of the orchestral repertoire and collaborations with some of the music world’s most prominent soloists and artists. The organization also produces a summertime Water Works Pops series as well as the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol which attracts more than 100,000, the largest single-day attendance of any concert event in the State.

Address: The Temple for Performing Arts 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 Des Moines, IA 50309

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