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Thanks to Civic Music Association, City Voices students attended the House of Song workshop with 6-time Grammy-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon on February 14, 2015.

Thanks to Civic Music Association, City Voices students attended the House of Song workshop with 6-time Grammy-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon on February 14, 2015.

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City Voices student Michael Xayavong met singer Audra McDonald after her February 21 concert in Des Moines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Summer Music Academy will begin on Monday, June 8! In addition to individual voice and guitar lessons, we are adding keyboard and keyboard theory classes, the Berklee College of Music’s PULSE online theory class, musicianship, and group guitar. We will also be offering Contemporary Studio, Music Theater, Music Theory and A Cappella once again. Come spend your summer with us and have fun learning! You can download needed forms here:

Summer 2015 Registration Form  (REQUIRED)

Summer Enrollment Form  (ENRICHMENT CLASSES)

and return to Mary Anne Sims, 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.  Call 515-681-6234 with any questions!

ANNOUNCING THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT:

Join Larry Moore, City Voices instructor, poet and Movement 515 teaching artist, and and come create something. What will be created? We don’t know yet – but it might involve singing, instruments, computer beats, spoken word…..it’s up to YOU!
This class will develop a composition that combines any or all of the above  – students will work together to develop a true collaboration.
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., beginning May 20. City Voices office. Let Mrs. Sims know you are coming by texting 515-681-6234.

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!

Sign up for Guitar Lessons NOW on the Student Information page!! You don’t need any experience, or even a guitar! Contact Mrs. Sims for details.

CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS – 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) will attend Southwestern Community College’s School for Music Vocations where he will study Vocal Performance and Music Production, as well as play basketball.

REBEKAH OSTERMANN (North) will attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she will study Vocal Performance.

MATTHEW HAWKINS (Roosevelt) will attend the University of Iowa and study Vocal Performance and Music Education.

ALEXIS COLE (Roosevelt) will attend the University of Iowa and study Directing and Theater Arts, with a minor in Vocal Performance.

MICHAEL XAYAVONG (North) will attend Columbia College (Chicago, IL) where he will study Musical Theater and Directing.

 

CONGRATULATIONS REBEKAH OSTERMANN (12, North) – chosen as a member of the 2014 Iowa High School Music Association’s All-State Choir!

City Voices is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 2015 Cultural Enrichment Grant! These funds will help us continue some of our newly-instituted and popular programs such as Music Theory and A Cappella, in addition to supporting our teaching artists. Bravo Greater Des Moines acts as an advocate for regional arts organizations by building partnerships with local governments to facilitate collaborative funding. A portion of the hotel-motel tax is used to make this grant possible. Learn more at bravogreaterdesmoines.org.

City Voices is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 2015 Cultural Enrichment Grant! These funds will help us continue some of our newly-instituted and popular programs such as Music Theory and A Cappella, in addition to supporting our teaching artists. Bravo Greater Des Moines acts as an advocate for regional arts organizations by building partnerships with local governments to facilitate collaborative funding. A portion of the hotel-motel tax is used to make this grant possible. Learn more at bravogreaterdesmoines.org.

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City Voices is pleased to announce that it has received a Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support our summer program.

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The Principal Financial Group has awarded City Voices a Community Grant, in support of our general operations. Thank you!

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The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and run entirely by Phish fans, has announced twelve new grants totaling $42,900 in support of music education for children, including instruments, accessories, and staffing at City Voices (Des Moines, IA) for a guitar class of six secondary students.The grants come from the Mockingbird’s 18th round of competitive grant-making, and bring the Foundation’s total disbursements to nearly $850,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Roosevelt senior Matt Hawkins sings “Seeing You There” in the Roosevelt January Jive Show.

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  1. Hi Mary Anne, I was so excited to see the wonderful article about you and City Voices in the Sunday paper. I am just thrilled for you in this new endeavor. Mother Dorothy would be so very proud of you and all that you are doing! Very sorry to miss the recital this evening. Please put me on your contact list. Many thanks!

    Blessings,
    Virginia

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