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Welcome to 2nd Semester at City Voices! Programming resumed on Monday, January 9, 2017, and will run into May! We do have a few openings, and you can still turn in an application – City Voices 2016-17 Registration Form. Questions? Call Mrs. Sims at 515-681-6234, or email maryanne@cityvoicesdesmoines.org.

We are now also offering tutoring in several academic subjects at the City Voices studio; we have a tutor for all English and Social Studies classes, particularly writing, on Tuesday afternoons from 5:15 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. We have a Math tutor (all classes) available on Thursday afternoons from 5:00-6:00 p.m. We hope all students take advantage of these awesome tutors whenever they need help!

We are starting some new classes at City Voices – we will offer a group guitar class and a music production class, both taught by Iowa music icon Dartanyan Brown, a 5-time inductee into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll (3), Jazz (1) and Blues (1) Halls of Fame! Read a description of the Production Class on the “Student Information” page here: https://cityvoicesdesmoines.org/student-information/. You can read about Dartanyan more here: http://www.dartanyan.com/resume.html. Interested? Text, call or email Mrs. Sims!

Completed applications can be sent to Mary Anne Sims at 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312. OR – contact Mrs. Sims at 515-681-6234, or maryanne@cityvoicesdesmoines.org to coordinate turning it in!

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!


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

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.

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 2016! We have several students going on to college next year, many studying music:

Kendall Bruce is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Will attend DMACC for 2 years, studying music, after which she hopes to transfer to Columbia College (Chicago).

Courtnei Caldwell is graduating from Hoover High School. Will attend Drake University to pursue Acting and Journalism with a minor in Musical Theater.

Julian Frias is graduating from East High School. College undecided – may attend DMACC.

Mayte Gomez-Cruz is Graduating from North High School. Will attend the University of Iowa,                                                                          studying Music Therapy.

Allegra Hernandez is graduating from Urbandale High School. Attending McNally-Smith College (Minneapolis) to study guitar performance and sound production.

Kameron James is graduating from North High School. Hopes to attend Southwestern Community College to study Vocal Performance.

Ruquiyah Muhammed is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Will attend Southwestern Community College School of Music Vocations to study Music.

Daniela Ortiz is graduating from North High School. Will attend the University of Kansas, studying Music Therapy.

Trent Schwab is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Will attend either Southwestern Community College or Iowa Central Community College to study music, and possibly play rugby.

Maddy Sheets is graduating from Hoover High School. Will be attending Columbia College (Chicago) to study Music Theater.

Sylvia Visser is graduating from Roosevelt High School. Will attend the University of Iowa, after a gap semester, studying Art History and Business, with a certificate in Museum Studies. She also plans to start a band! 🙂

Duncan Vivanh is graduating from North High School. Will attend the University of Iowa, where he is an undecided major: he eventually may study Music Education and/or Music Therapy.


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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