Student Information


Rehearsal for Santa and Nutcracker Events:

  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Wilkins Building, 713 Walnut Street (just north of 8th and Walnut). Take elevator up to 6th floor (Chris will be there to direct you). Parking street or nearby garages – everything is free on Sundays.
  • POTENTIAL REHEARSAL for Nutcracker: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10 at City Voices.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 1:30 p.m. at City Voices.

City Voices students will be singing Christmas songs at “Breakfast With Santa” held at the newly refurbished Tea Room (formerly Younker’s Tea Room) on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, 2017. Thanks to Katy Nelson (Scenic Route Bakery, The Tea Room) for the invite and the opportunity! Students should report at 9:30 a.m., and will be done by noon. Breakfast is provided. Wear black with holiday color accents! Practice for students singing held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 at City Voices studio.

City Voices students will be singing Christmas songs in the lobby of the Des Moines Civic Center before the Iowa Dance Theater’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 16, at approximately 6:30 p.m. (More details still to come.)

The Winter Recital will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, 1201 Grandview Avenue. Students should arrive at 3:30 p.m. to warm up. Dress up! A reception will be held after the recital. Admission is free, donations will be gratefully accepted.

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!

The Fall Session of City Voices is starting Tuesday, September 5! If you haven’t heard from a teaching artist, and think you have enrolled, please contact Mrs. Sims at 515-681-6234, or

Applications are NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR! Below, find a link to a hard copy, which you will need to complete and return. NOTE: YOU MUST FILL THIS OUT AND RETURN EVEN IF YOU SIGN UP ONLINE! Enrollment slots are limited – get your application in early to make sure our program does not fill to capacity!

You may mail it to 924 45th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312, or call/text Mrs. Sims at 515-681-6234, and she will arrange to pick it up!

City Voices Registration 2017-18




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 – Instructors: Dang Felton, Dartanyan Brown. Students receive a weekly, free individual guitar lesson with a highly qualified instructor. Times mutually arranged between student and teaching artist.

KEYBOARD THEORY – Instructor: Chris Powell. This class will introduce you to keyboard skills, focusing on practical skills needed to begin to accompany yourself and play your part/songs. You will learn to read play and create music. You will learn music theory from contemporary and popular music based on the renowned Berklee College of Music’s PULSE online theory course, including video, audio and composition. Recommended for students who want to study music in college, or other interested students, all ages. Hours as arranged between student(s) and teaching artist.

COLLEGE PREP MUSIC THEORY – Instructors: Mary Anne Sims, staff. 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 TBA, or mutually arranged.

“HOW TO COLLEGE” – Instructors: Varied. This occasional class will cover topics related to college including college search, application, financial aid, study habits, campus life, majors (music and other) and other issues. Highly recommended for high school, especially first-generation students. Parents welcome and encouraged to attend. As announced periodically.


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.



Caroling – Saturday, November 25. 10:30 a.m. Ingersoll Avenue. (Meet at City Voices studio.)

Breakfast With Santa – Saturday, December 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.-noon. At The Tea Room, 713 Walnut Street, downtown Des Moines. (Top floor of the old Younkers building.)

Winter Recital – Sunday, December 10. Luther Memorial Church.


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