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BEGINNING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1: we will be teaching some lessons in our brand new studio within the Junior Achievement Building, at 6100 Grand Avenue in Des Moines! Lessons will now be held in the JA Building, at Luther Memorial Church, and at Roosevelt High School – make sure you know the proper location for your lesson by checking with your teacher!

Keyboard Theory has begun! Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.! At the Unity Church, 414 31st Street! Learn everything you need to know to accompany yourself on piano, and learn some theory at the same time!

Our Spring Session begins Monday, January 11! Contact your teacher to confirm your lesson time!

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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 Kameron at ACT-SO Summer 2015

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!

THANK YOU TO THE PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP FOR THEIR SUPPORT!Principal logo official Their grant will make it possible for us to re-start our keyboard theory classes and expand our guitar lessons. We are very grateful!

 

THANK YOU to the Wells Fargo Foundation for your support! Wells Fargo logo

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.

City Voices Application Registration form

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.

Check it out – it’s the Performance Project!

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.

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)

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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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