Student Information

The LYNNE ROTHROCK MASTER CLASS will be happening: Thursday, July 11 1:00 p.m., and Friday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. There is still room for some students to sing: Contact Mrs. Sims or Daniela Ortiz to sign up for a 20-minute slot. The following students are signed up for Thursday:

Owen Yoder

Annika Baker

Albert B. Jones

Antonesia Williams

Damaris Nelson

Taryn Cook

The following students are signed up for Friday:

Abbie Phelps

Liv Hall

Daniela Ortiz

Shaddai Johnson



  • Sing or play at 1 City Voices community performance (scheduled as we are asked)
  • Bring 1 dozen cookies for the reception after a recital
  • Volunteer to hand out programs at recital or other event sponsored by City VoicesO
  • Donate one of these wish-list items:
    • water
    • more water
    • kleenex
    • snacks (granola, bagels, yogurt, etc.)
    • reams of paper
    • music stands
  • Make or collect a $25 donation to City Voices
  • Have perfect attendance all semester


ACT and general Math tutoring will be happening on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at City Voices studios, 4001 Ingersoll. Thanks to Kyle Johnson, of Principal Financial Group, for being so awesome and volunteering his time to help our students! Takes a village!


INDIVIDUAL VOICE LESSONS – Instructor: arranged. Students receive a weekly, free, 30-minute private voice lesson with a highly qualified instructor. Times mutually arranged between student and teaching artist.

INDIVIDUAL GUITAR LESSONS – Instructor: Dang Felton. Students receive a weekly, free individual guitar lesson with a highly qualified instructor. Times mutually arranged between student and teaching artist.


COLLEGE PREP MUSIC THEORY – Instructor: Mary Anne Sims. This class will study topics covered in a typical first-year college music theory class. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for students considering taking the AP Music Theory test, or those who plan to study music in college. High School. Time: 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays.

SONGWRITING/RECORDING – Instructor: Courtney Krause. This workshop intensive will help you organize your musical ideas into a song, and give you the opportunity to learn how to mix and record it. Class will culminate in recording a City Voices CD, and a CD release party will be held in early December. No experience necessary, all kinds of compositions welcomed! Time: 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 2-November 29, individual recording sessions scheduled by mutual consent.

Thinking about majoring in music? Check out this article with lots of helpful hints!

About Us. City Voices is a community-centered non-profit music education program that provides free voice lessons to eligible students who cannot otherwise afford them.

Voice Lessons. The core of City Voices centers around a thirty minute private lesson with professionally trained instructors. We are here to meet you where you are in your development.  We will contact you to arrange a lesson time around your schedule.

NOTE: When Des Moines Public Schools are canceled, there will be no lessons.  Make-up lessons may be scheduled later in the semester, with the agreement of both student and teacher.  Please call or text Mary Anne Sims with any questions.



JAM NIGHT: EVERY TUESDAY EVENING, 6-7:30 P.M. Free to City Voices students, $5 for non-City Voices students. Familiarity with an instrument preferred.

LYNNE ROTHROCK MASTER CLASSES: Thursday, July 11 (1:00 p.m.), Friday, July 12 (10:00 a.m.) @ City Voices.

IOWA COLLEGE AID PRESENTATION: PowerPoint on “Course to College,” plus Essay Writing Class – every student will learn the basics of writing a successful college application essay, and will have the beginnings of an essay they can use for college applications. Food provided. Parents and students welcome. Free.  Monday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. @ City Voices.

RELEASE PARTY: Students in Songwriting, Mixing, Producing, Hip Hop and Music Production present their original works in an album release-like setting. Catered by Alma Ortiz. Free. (Donations accepted!) Friday, July 19, time TBA.

COLLEGE STUDENT PANEL: What is college really like? Hear from and ask questions of former City Voices students who have graduated from, or are now attending college. Arts and non-arts majors discussed. Food provided. Parents and students welcome. Free. Monday, July 22, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. @ City Voices.

SUMMER RECITAL: Sunday, July 28, 4:00 p.m. @ St. John’s Lutheran Church, 601 Watson Powell Way, Des Moines, IA. FREE. Donations accepted. Reception following. (Students report 3:00 p.m.)




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