Do you want to perform with the Des Moines Community Orchestra?
Yes, we want you!
Yes, the Des Moines Community Orchestra is always looking for new musicians. If you're interested in making a little joyful noise, come join us to help present free concerts in Des Moines, Iowa. Don't be shy? We really like new members! To find out more, call Carl Johnson at 254-9913.
Where and when we rehearse. We rehearse at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA. Weekly rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Rehearsal space is the choir room at Grace. To get to the room, enter the doors on the south side of the building, follow the stairs up to the top floor. An elevator is also available on the ground level.
How does it work? The orchestra is a community group made up primarily of devoted amateurs and educators. No auditions are required. Players pay dues for each performance they play, attend weekly rehearsals, and practice their parts individually. They also help promote concert attendance, help with the after-concert receptions, and support fund-raising activities through their own efforts and contacts. If finances are a problem, we have scholarships to handle the dues obligation. Just let us know.
Concerts. We present four concerts each season, normally at Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus. The Fall and Winter and Spring concerts are traditional programs of standard orchestral literature, often with guest soloists. In early December our Celebrate and Sing Handel's Messiah performance features guest vocal soloists, with the audience singing the chorus parts. And sing, they do! All our concerts are Sunday afternoons, and are free admission.
Leadership & Finances. Founded in 1976, the Des Moines Community Orchestra is governed by a board of directors elected annually from and by the musician members of the orchestra. The orchestra is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status. Funding comes from dues from musician members, donations from the audience, and sponsorship by local businesses. Together, we are enriching our community. Click here for more financial information.