City Voices received a Community Betterment grant from Prairie Meadows in support of our programming! We are proud to partner with @PrairieMeadows to support the communities where we live, work, & play.

City Voices students Jason Koromo (GRAD), Taryn Cook (Brody/8) and Teaching Artist Dang Felton will provide music for the Community Foundation of Des Moines’s “Better Together” event, on September 20, 2018, at the Des Moines Art Center. We are proud to partner with our community’s wonderful organizations!

City Voices students Antonesia Williams (12), Damaris Nelson (11), and Nawal Rai (11) were all selected to be part of the cast of East’s production of “Rent.”

City Voices received a grant from American Enterprise in support of our Summer Music Academy! We are so grateful!

Damaris Nelson (10, East), Antonesia Williams (11, East), Jason Koromo (12, Hoover), Justin Koromo (11, Hoover), and Laila Williams (12, Roosevelt) all participated in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s annual Jabberwock Talent Showcase Sunday, April 22, at 5 p.m. at Grandview University’s Viking Theater. Damaris won her division, and placed 2nd overall, winning $200!

Heaven Booker (12), Melissa Hoffman(12), Esther Ubadigbo(10), all of Roosevelt, Damaris Nelson (10) of East, and Lorena Eclatt (12) and Owen Yoder (10) of Lincoln participated in the Iowa High School Music Association’s Solo Contest Saturday, April 14. Heaven, Damaris and Lorena all received Division I ratings, the highest rating possible. Congratulations!

City Voices students Heaven Booker (12), Aidan Moran (11), Tatum Clayburn (12), Ben Harper (12), Abbie Phelps (1o), and Hasija Terzic (12) are all part of the cast of Roosevelt’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

City Voices received a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation in support of our program! We are so very grateful! 

Several City Voices students participated in the Iowa High School Speech Association’s Large and Small Group Contests this winter, in Music Theater and other categories.

City Voices had a busy holiday season – several members participated in the “Small Business Saturday” caroling event along The Avenues, as well as singing for The Tea Room’s Breakfast With Santa and in the lobby before the Iowa Dance Theater’s performance of The Nutcracker.

Damaris Nelson (10, East) sang for the East Polk County Rotary Club in December 2017. They were a great audience!

Lorena Eclatt (12, Lincoln) was chosen to be a member of the prestigious 600-member 2017 Iowa All-State Chorus. She was last seen as the lead “Diana” in the Des Moines Playhouse’s production of “A Chorus Line.” This is the 4th straight year that a member of City Voices has made this highly selective ensemble.

City Voices students Lorena Eclatt (12, Lincoln), Veronica Eclatt (10, Lincoln), Damaris Nelson (10, East), LB Rivera (12, Roosevelt), Kendall Bruce (Grad, Roosevelt), Adrian Motano (10, Lincoln), Tatum Clayburn (12, Roosevelt), Jason Koromo (12, Hoover), Justin Koromo (11, Hoover), Heaven Booker (12, Roosevelt), Esther Ubadigbo (10, Roosevelt), and Teaching Artist Chris Powell sang 3 songs for the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony on Thursday, October 19. This is the 3rd straight year that City Voices students have been a part of this prestigious ceremony!

City Voices students Rose Rocha (Grad, Scavo), Damaris Nelson (10, East), Heaven Booker (12, Roosevelt), LB Rivera (12, Roosevelt) and Teaching Artist/Programming Coordinator Napoleon Douglas sang at the VA Hospital in August for a very appreciative audience!

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!

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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 Music Production.

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 Demarius Fisher (grad, Roosevelt) and Lorena Escobar (12, Lincoln) both have feature roles in the Des Moines Playhouse’s production of “A Chorus Line.” Demarius is playing Richie, and Lorena is playing Diana Morales. Don’t miss your chance to see this great show, September 8 – October 1, 2017. We are very proud of these young performers, and we are proud that we are helping support the next generation to build the Des Moines arts community!

♦ 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.

♦ Mercedes Castillo (grad, North) is attending Simpson College on a voice scholarship, majoring in vocal performance, and auditioning for the opera. Demarius Fisher (grad, Roosevelt) will be attending AMDA Academy in New York City on a voice scholarship, where he will study music theater. 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, Roosevelt) is attending DMACC and intends to transfer to Simpson College as a Music Education major. 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!

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