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WELCOME!  City Voices is a progressive, community-centered, after-school tuition-free music program providing vocal and related music instruction to urban students with financial need.

Since 2013, we have served over 125 students from 13 different metro schools – 13 have gone on to college music programs with over $100,000 in scholarships. You can help us continue to support the next generation of music-makers! 100% of your donation goes to directly support student lessons, and is fully tax-deductible!  Thank you for your support!

Donate by PayPal here: https://cityvoicesdesmoines.org/how-you-can-help/

SIGN UP FOR MUSIC THEATER WORKSHOPS HERE:

                                          SCHEDULE (All classes held at City Voices Studios, 4001 Ingersoll, 9 am – noon. Light snacks provided):

October 14 – ACTING. Learn about Improv, Laban-ologues, and all things thespian.

October 28 – DANCE. Get your groove on to some contemporary tunes.

November 11 – MUSIC. Learn some awesome group numbers from some hot shows.

December 2 – MOCK AUDITION. Put it all together.

Questions? Email or call Mrs. Sims maryanne@cityvoicesdesmoines, or 515-681-6234.

THE FALL SESSION OF CITY VOICES STARTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5!

Registration for the 2017-18 year is NOW AVAILABLE HERE: https://cityvoicesdesmoines.org/student-information/

NOTE: YOU MUST ALSO FILL OUT A HARD COPY OF THE FORM, INCLUDING A PARENT SIGNATURE, BEFORE YOU BEGIN LESSONS.

Or, fill out the following form, and return to City Voices, 4001 Ingersoll, or mail to:

Mary Anne Sims, 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.

City Voices Registration 2017-18

Call 515-681-6234 with any questions!

HOW TO COLLEGE “SUPER CLASS” – THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 5-7:30 P.M. AT CITY VOICES!
Don’t miss this amazing FREE opportunity, including:

“Your Course To College”
Instructor: Elizabeth Keest Sedrel – Communications Coordinator, Iowa College Aid
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Class Description: Every journey should begin with a plan. You might not know exactly what you want to do after graduation, but having a general career path in mind can help you choose the right college and major. By identifying the activities, places and people that make you happy, you’ll develop an idea of the type of work that best suits you.
“Applications & Resumes” – How to Write a College Essay and Beyond
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Instructors: Andrea Sutton – English and Speech, Roosevelt High School; Lori Glawe – Des Moines Public Schools
Class Description: Andrea Sutton will help students develop the writing tools necessary to avoid poorly structured essays filled with errors, as well as demonstrate to students how to effectively communicate with professionals at their prospective schools, jobs, and beyond. Lori Glawe will give students a thorough look at how to structure a resume and cover letter that is best suit for their industry, personality, and aspirations.
“The ACT” – ACT Tutoring Session
Instructor: Kyle Johnson – Principal Financial Group
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Class Description: Kyle Johnson of Principal Financial Group will bring in guided testing resources that will help assist students to prepare for the ACT.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHELSEA DUBCZAK, CITY VOICES TEACHING ARTIST, AND THE NEWLY CROWNED MISS IOWA  2017! CHELSEA WILL BE REPRESENTING IOWA (AND CITY VOICES!) IN THE MISS AMERICA CONTEST THIS FALL! WE COULDN’T BE PROUDER!! 



OUR MISSION: City Voices is a nonprofit organization that provides high quality, individualized voice instruction to underprivileged 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.

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Look around our site – we have lots going on!

 

 

 

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! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-0988104

City Voices also offers individual guitar lessons! If you want to sign up for guitar, go to Student Information, enter your information and check “Individual Guitar.” 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.

Check out our YouTube channel at youtube.com/cityvoicesdsm. See some of our great singers sing greatly!

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!

 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CITY VOICES:

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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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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!

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

 to the Iowa Arts Council for their support of the 2017 Summer Music Academy Part 2 with a Project Grant!

 

 

to Quik Trip, for supporting our Summer Music Academy with a $50 gift card for snacks and breakfast!

 

 

 

to Blaze Pizza, for sponsoring a fund-raiser supporting City Voices!

 

AND……. 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 continue to love working with these wonderful people!

 

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.

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017! We have several students going on to college next year, many studying music. Regardless of their major, however, and wherever they end up, they will use skills learned in the private study of music to persist, persevere, and work hard to attain their goals! They are the best – and we are very proud of them!

Mercedes Castillo graduated 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 graduated 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 graduated 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 graduated from Roosevelt High School. She plans to attend DMACC and obtain her AA in Animal Science.

Jasmine Moreno graduated 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 graduated from Roosevelt High School. Will attend the University of Iowa, where she will study Elementary Education.

Rose Rocha-Crandell graduated from Scavo High School. She will be enlisting in the Navy this fall.

Demarius Fisher graduated 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 graduated 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 graduated from Hoover High School. Will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he will study computer science and sing in the choir. He may also join (or start!) an a cappella group! 

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

Quayvon Gowdy graduated from Hoover High School. Will attend Iowa State University to study Kinesiology and Health, double-majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science. He hopes to continue studying voice.

 

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.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Home

  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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