Tiffany Koger (12, Roosevelt) was the Overall Winner of the Jabberwock Talent Competition, organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She won $500 for her performance of “Poor Wayfaring Stranger.”
Demarius Fisher (12, Roosevelt) was chosen to be a member of the prestigious 600-member 2016 Iowa All-State Chorus, one of only 3 students from the Des Moines Public Schools. This is Demarius’s second straight year of being selected for this highly-selective group.
City Voices students Heaven Booker (11, Roosevelt) and Kendall Bruce (2016, Roosevelt) and Teaching Artists Larry Moore and Chris Powell were featured as backline singers for Tony-winning “Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom, Jr. at the 2016 World Food Prize Ceremony, held at the Iowa State Capitol Building. City Voices students J’Ceon Jefferson (11, Roosevelt) and Aaliyah Fenceroy (11, Roosevelt) were members of the back-up choir.
City Voices received a grant from the Kum & Go Charitable Fund in support of our general operations providing voice lessons. We are proud to be supported by businesses within our community!
City Voices students are giving back to their school programs: congratulations to Demarius Fisher, Kendall Bruce, Trent Schwab, and Laura Diaz from Roosevelt High School, and Mayte Gomez-Cruz and Mercedes Castillo from North High School – these talented young people received Division I ratings at District IHSSA Contest in Musical Theater, and will be competing at State! Also, congratulations to Heaven Booker, Trent Schwab, Ruquiyah Muhammad, Giarc Harvey and Demarius Fisher for their outstanding contribution to the Roosevelt Revelation Show Choir’s award-winning performance at the Ralston (NE) Ramaggedon Competition – they helped the choir finish first runner-up! And special congrats to Demarius Fisher, winner of Best Male Solo. We are very proud of you all!
City Voices has received a grant from Wells Fargo that will help support our voice lessons. We are grateful for your support!
City Voices is pleased to announce that it has received a Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support the Summer Music Academy, which will continue to provide individual voice lessons as well as enrichment classes in Music Theory, Musical Theatre, A Cappella and Contemporary Music Studio.
Click here to read about a similar program in Oklahoma – improving access to private instruction is just always a good idea! Access for Oklahoma students
City Voices students are doing great things!
♦ City Voices students premiered their home school musicals this year – North’s production of Shrek, featured City Voices student Joe Noble. Lincoln’s production of the musical “High School Musical” featured City Voices student Lorena Escobar in the lead role. Rounding out the list was Roosevelt’s production of “42nd Street,” featuring City Voices students Demarius Fisher, Heaven Booker, Tatum Clayburn, Ben Harper, Esperance Umakundwa and Laila Williams.
♦ Jenni Martin (grad, Hoover) is currently attending Waldorf College on a voice scholarship. Matthew Hawkins (grad, Roosevelt) is attending the University of Iowa on a voice scholarship. Cal Reed (Roosevelt) is attending the University of Iowa as a Music Education major on a voice scholarship. Alexis Cole (grad, Hoover) is attending DMACC and intends to transfer to Simpson College as a Music Education major. Rebekah Ostermann is attending the University of Minnesota on a voice scholarship. Daniel Luckett is attending Southwestern Community College School of Music Vocations on a voice scholarship. Michael Xayavong is attending Columbia College (Chicago) on a Music Theater scholarship. Allegra Hernandez is attending McNally-Smith College on a guitar scholarship. Mayte Gomez-Cruz is attending the University of Iowa as a Music Therapy (clinical track) major and singing in the Gospel Choir. Daniela Ortiz is attending the University of Kansas as a Music Therapy major and singing in the Gospel Choir. Maddy Sheets is attending Columbia College in Chicago as a Music Theater major: access to college level literature and lessons helps create opportunity!