City Voices is proud to partner with the Des Moines branch of the NAACP to support and promote its ACT-SO National Scholarship Competition! With categories ranging from Business Plans to Playwriting to Cooking, and including Vocal Music (Classical and Contemporary), youth of African origin have the opportunity to compete locally for a trip to the National NAACP Convention in Cincinnati, Summer 2016. City Voices Teaching Artists will be their mentors; we have had the local winner for the past 2 years, including Kameron James, (12, North), who competed in Philadelphia last summer, singing “Si tra i ceppi” in the Classical Vocal division. This year’s competition will be held on April 9, 2016. Interested? Know someone who is? Contact us! Download a flyer here! ACTSO Flyer
City Voices will be teaming up with the Des Moines Diversity Chorus in concert on Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m. at Staves United Methodist Church, 2747 E. Madison Ave., Des Moines. This concert features a collaboration between these two arts organizations featuring a theme of “relationships we experience in our lives.” City Voices students will present special act solos between choral numbers, as well as provide solos for the choir songs. Join us!
The City Voices Winter Recital will be held at the Downtown Branch of the Des Moines Public Library on Monday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to share in a great holiday tradition and hear what our students have learned this semester!
THANK YOU to Luther Memorial Church for their support! They have included City Voices in a successful College, Congregation, and Community grant! This will enable more students to receive lessons, provide space, as well as provide extra support in areas such as college prep and applications. We are excited to work with these wonderful people!
Want to be a part of our great group of singers? Print out the application below and send to: Mary Anne Sims, 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50312.
If you want to sign up for guitar, use the form below. We are limited in space – your instructor will contact you if you are selected. NOTE: you must also sign up for vocal lessons in order to take guitar – you must complete and return the form above.
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WELCOME! City Voices is a progressive, community-centered, after-school tuition-free music program providing vocal instruction to urban students with financial need in the neighborhood in which they live.
Check out our YouTube channel at youtube.com/cityvoicesdsm. See some of our great singers sing greatly at the Winter Recital!
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2015 – 5 of our graduating seniors are attending college on scholarships to study the arts. Access to the required literature increases access – and makes a difference! We are very proud of these young people!
DANIEL LUCKETT (Roosevelt) – Southwestern Community College
REBEKAH OSTERMANN (North) – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
MATTHEW HAWKINS (Roosevelt) -University of Iowa
ALEXIS COLE (Roosevelt) – University of Iowa
MICHAEL XAYAVONG (North) – Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
Matthew Hawkins, rising freshman at the University of Iowa, sings “Love Like Breathing” at the City Voices Summer Recital.
Michael Xayavong, rising freshman at Columbia College, Chicago, sings “Not My Father’s Son” at the City Voices Summer Recital.
Junior Mayte Gomez-Cruz (Junior, North High School) sings “Stars and the Moon” at the City Voices Winter Recital.
Junior Kameron James (Junior, North High School) sings “Man of LaMancha” at the City Voices Winter Recital.