The City Voices 2021 Summer Music Academy begins
Monday, June 7! SIGN UP HERE!
Featuring: Songwriting, Music Theatre, Music Production, Making A Cover Song, Recording Studio Initiation, Music Theory, Vocal Pedagogy, and more! Plus voice, guitar, and keyboard!
City Voices students will be featured in the virtual “Fourth Sunday at Four” series from St. John’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 23, at 4:00 p.m. Student videos will be featured, along with commentary from teachers and students. Check the St. John’s http://stjohnsdsm.org/ website for Zoom link!
If you missed our Virtual Winter Recital – you can view it at https://www.facebook.com/cityvoicesdesmoines/videos/699016380681745/
Interested in going deeper into your study of music? The CVAS (City Voices Accelerated Studies) program has now begun – prepare yourself for greater success in your future musical careers! Contact us to sign up!
Thank you to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, for their support of our Music Theatre Methods class, taught online, through the Virtual Arts Experience Grant. Their backing has allowed us to continue providing excellent instruction to our students while keeping them safe!
Thank you to American Enterprise Foundation for supporting our 2021 Summer Music Academy!
Thank you to Bankers Life for supporting our 2021 Summer Music Academy!
Thank you to EMC for supporting our 2021 Summer Music Academy!
AND: Please tune in for our newest video series “Celebrating Black Composers,” released on our Facebook and Instagram pages. This series will feature students performing songs by black composers of all different genres of music. We hope to shine a light on these often overlooked works and lift them up!
“For You There Is No Song,” by Leslie H. Adams, sung by Damaris Nelson
WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE BEEN AWARDED A GRANT FROM VARIETY: THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY! THIS FUNDING HAS BEEN USED TO HELP BUILD A RECORDING STUDIO AT CITY VOICES!
YOU CAN HELP OUR MISSION TO HELP LIFT UP THE YOUNG MUSICIANS IN OUR CITY!
CITY VOICES is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
You may donate by PayPal here, or send your contribution to:
City Voices, 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE BEEN NAMED A RECIPIENT OF A BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES CAPITAL PROJECT GRANT AWARD! THIS FUNDING WILL BE USED TO HELP BUILD A RECORDING STUDIO AT CITY VOICES!
Our programs help students dream, nurture their interest in music, and access the resources they need to succeed. We are thankful that Bravo Greater Des Moines agrees!
WE ARE MONITORING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AND ARE ADJUSTING OUR OPERATIONS ACCORDINGLY.
ENRICHMENT CLASSES AS WELL AS SOME LESSONS HAVE TRANSITIONED TO INCLUDE REMOTE LEARNING, WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARRANGING THE BEST PLATFORM FOR BOTH. WE ALSO HAVE INITIATED SOME IN-PERSON LESSONS, WITH PLASTIC SHIELDING, MASKING AND SUFFICIENT DISTANCING, AS WELL AS LIMITED ACCESS AND ENROLLMENT.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH DEVELOPMENTS, AND WILL KEEP STUDENTS AND TEACHERS UPDATED.
Check out our new video series “QuaranTunes!” Featuring the amazing Teaching Artists of City Voices and friends! Enjoy episodes 1, 2, 3 & 4 – PLUS SOME BONUS VIDEOS – and stay tuned for more!
THANK YOU BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES
for awarding City Voices the 2020 Spotlight Award! Read about it here:
Theory students visit the https://cityvoicesdesmoines.org/college-prep-music-theory/ page for assignments and information.
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, City Voices students have learned skills that have helped them earn 20 musical leads city-wide, 3 leads at the Des Moines Playhouse, 7 spots in the prestigious Iowa All-State Choir (25% of the city total during that time), and over $140,000 in arts scholarships to 16 different universities to study music.
Jason Koromo (Hoover, ’18)
Taryn Cook (7, Brody) .
Annika Baker (Hoover, 11) sings “Running” from “Hot Mess in Manhattan” at the Summer 2019 City Voices recital.
Shaddai Johnson (Roosevelt, 11) sings “Chain of Love” at the Summer 2019 City Voices recital.
Owen Yoder (Lincoln, 11) sings “One Percent” from “String” at the Summer 2019 City Voices recital.
Amanda Eclatt (Brody, 8) sings “Love Me, Love Me Not” at the Spring 2019 City Voices recital.
Damaris Nelson (East, 10) sings “What I Did For Love” from “A Chorus Line” at the Spring 2018 City Voices recital.
Wondering what’s going on at City Voices? Check out this link to our calendar! https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=asrj6eth58dng3qmppftj2916c%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FChicago“>http://
ALERT: WHEN DMPS CANCELS CLASSES, THERE WILL BE NO LESSONS AT CITY VOICES EXCEPT BY MUTUAL CONSENT OF TEACHER AND STUDENT. STAY SAFE!
We are members of the Berklee City Music Network. https://www.berklee.edu/city-music-network/meet-network
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.
Look around our site – we have lots going on!
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.
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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!
Check it out – it’s the Performance Project!
City Voices student Michael Xayavong met singer Audra McDonald after her February 21 concert in Des Moines
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.