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The Summer Recital will be held Sunday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines, IA. Free admission. Join us!

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 16 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. 

You can help us continue to serve our community, by donating through PayPal here! Donate Button with Credit Cards

The Summer Music Academy is now in session!

Happening NOW: Hip Hop Workshop. July 8-11 & 15-18 (2 week class.) 9 am-noon. SOME SLOTS STILL OPEN – email info@cityvoicesdesmoines.org. Teaching Artists: Dontae McKnight, Daniela Ortiz, DatDude Biggz.
Happening NOW: Music Production.July 8-11 & 15-18 (2 week class.) 1 – 3:30 p.m.SOME SLOTS STILL OPEN – email info@cityvoicesdesmoines.org. Teaching Artists: Dontae McKnight, Daniela Ortiz.
Up Next: A Cappella.July 22-26 9:30 a.m.-noon. SOME SLOTS STILL OPEN – email info@cityvoicesdesmoines.org. Teaching Artists: Mary Anne Sims, Daniela Ortiz

RELEASE PARTY HAPPENING FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 19! 5:30 p.m.! STUDENTS IN HIP HOP, SONGWRITING, MUSIC PRODUCTION, RECORDING, MIXING & PRODUCING WILL SHARE THEIR ORIGINAL WORKS! AT THE CITY VOICES STUDIOS! CATERED FOOD SERVED!

JAM NIGHT – EVERY TUESDAY EVENING 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. LIGHT FOOD AVAILABLE. FREE TO CITY VOICES STUDENTS, $5 FOR NON-CITY VOICES STUDENTS. FAMILIARITY WITH AN INSTRUMENT PREFERRED; VOCALISTS WELCOME.

THANK YOU – we reached our goal in our 2018 year-end fundraiser, which means that our awesome students will continue to grow musically, and our awesome Teaching Artists will continue to help shape the next generation of musicians! We couldn’t have done it without you!!
City Voices was invited to provide music for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines’s “Better Together” celebration. We were honored to collaborate with this important community organization! 

Jason Koromo (Hoover, ’18)

Taryn Cook (7, Brody) .

 

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://

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ALERT: WHEN DMPS CANCELS CLASSES, THERE WILL BE NO LESSONS AT CITY VOICES EXCEPT BY MUTUAL CONSENT OF TEACHER AND STUDENT. STAY SAFE!

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

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.

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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!

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CITY VOICES:

to the Iowa Arts Council for their support of the 2019 Summer Music Academy!

to Polk County Board of Supervisors for supporting City Voices programming with a Community Betterment Grant!

to Prairie Meadows for supporting City Voices programming with a Community Betterment Grant!

to American Enterprise for their support of the 2019 Summer Music Academy!

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to the Wells Fargo Foundation for their support of the 2019 Summer Music Academy!

 

to the Principal Financial Group Foundation for their support through the employee volunteer program!

to Bravo Greater Des Moines for their ongoing support of our programming – City Voices has been awarded a FY 2020 Cultural Enrichment grant to continue to reach underserved students with talent and motivation. We appreciate the faith you have shown in our organization!

 

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!

Michael and Audra McDonald

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.

 

3 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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