City Voices Spring 2016 Recital picture

office-brick-wallWELCOME to CITY VOICES!
OUR MISSION: City Voices is a nonprofit organization that provides high quality, individualized voice instruction to underserved students in the Des Moines area. Helping students build these skills allows them to more effectively participate in vocal music opportunities around them, including their school and community programs. We also believe that, in doing so, we are mitigating inequalities, facilitating student access to experiences that are frequently out of reach due to a lack of financial resources.

Look around our site – we have lots going on!

THIS WEEK – It’s A Cappella Time! Students will make sweet harmonies sans instruments – 9 a.m.-12 noon every day, Mon-Fri! (June 19-23). Led by Napoleon Douglas, assisted by Chris Powell!

It’s time for the  City Voices Summer Music Academy! We are again be offering enrichment classes and workshops in Music Theater, Keyboard, Music Theory, Ensemble Singing, Music Production, Guitar and more – in addition to our regular voice lesson schedule! Happening June 6-August 2! Interested? Questions? Call Mrs. Sims at 515-681-6234, or email maryanne@cityvoicesdesmoines.org. OR, better yet, download the form here:


Print out the application below and send to: Mary Anne Sims, 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50312.

Summer Academy Registration Form 2017

Or visit: http://www.cityvoicesdesmoines.org/student-information

We are now also offering classes around the topic “How Do I College?” including sessions on financial aid, writing a college essay, and determining which college is right for you! Every Thursday evening, 6-7:30 p.m. at City Voices. (4001 Ingersoll Ave.)

Roosevelt Junior Demarius Fisher sings “Disappear” from “The Burnt Part Boys” at the City Voices Spring 2016 Recital.

City Voices students Heaven Booker & Kendall Bruce, and teachers Chris Powell & Larry Moore sang back-up for “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom, Jr. at the 2016 World Food Prize Ceremony.

Support City Voices by doing your shopping through AmazonSmile! For every purchase you make, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price directly to City Voices! Get your gift list fulfilled and support your local high school singers at the same time!


City Voices also offers individual guitar lessons! If you want to sign up for guitar, use the form below. Your instructor will contact you! NOTE: we encourage you to also sign up for voice lessons – to do that, you must complete and return the form above.



THANK YOU to Kum & Go Foundation for their support of the 2016-17 City Voices program! We are proud to be members of a community in which businesses support the arts!


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THANK YOU to Bravo Greater Des Moines for their ongoing support of our programming – City Voices has been awarded a FY 2016-17 Cultural Enrichment grant to continue to reach underserved students with talent and motivation. We appreciate the faith you have shown in our organization!

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 for classes and recitals, as well as provide extra support in areas such as college prep and applications. We are excited to work with these wonderful people!

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THANK YOU to the Wells Fargo Foundation for your support of the 2017 Summer Music Academy!


Check it out – it’s the Performance Project!

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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 2017! We have several students going on to college next year, many studying music. You can catch them at the senior recital on Thursday, May 18 in the City Voices building!

Mercedes Castillo is graduating from North High School. Will attend Simpson University on a partial voice scholarship to pursue a major in vocal performance and a minor in Environmental Sciences.

Meressa Moriarty is graduating from Hoover High School. Will attend the University of Northern Iowa where she will study Art Therapy, and hopes to join a choir.

Sameeah Muhammad is graduating from North High School. Will attend the University of Iowa, where she hopes to pursue a pre-medical track. She may sing in the Gospel choir!

Tiffany Koger is graduating from Roosevelt High School. She plans to attend DMACC and obtain her AA in Animal Science.

Jasmine Moreno is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Attending Central College (Pella, IA) where she will study nursing, with the eventual plan to become a surgeon, and has received a scholarship to sing in the choir and participate in music activities.

Jordan Harris is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Will attend the University of Iowa, where she will study Elementary Education.

Rose Rocha-Crandell is graduating from Scavo High School. She will be taking a year off to decide what she wants to do! She will continue education in a year at DMACC for an AA in Liberal Arts. She hopes to include music in her future and has considered event planning.

Demarius Fisher is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Will attend AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in New York City on scholarship.

Joe Noble is graduating from North High School. He will be attending Iowa State University for a major in Computer Engineering. He will also be participating in the performing arts.

Terry Nguyen is graduating from Hoover High School. Will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he will study computer science and sing in the choir.

Samantha Watson is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Will attend Iowa State University to study Psychology and Pre-Med. She hopes to eventually become a psychiatrist.  

Quayvon Gowdy is graduating from Hoover High School. Will attend Iowa State University to study Kinesiology and Health, double-majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science.


THANK YOU to the Gannett Foundation and the Des Moines Register for their support of our 2016 Summer Music Academy!


North senior Kameron James sings “Se vuol ballare” from “The Marriage of                                                                                                                  Figaro” at the City Voices Spring 2016 Recital.

Junior Mayte Gomez-Cruz (Junior, North High School) sings “Stars and the Moon” 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!


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