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Winter storms can affect our rehearsals. Check back here the day of rehearsal to see if there is a cancellation. 
Current Status: normal schedule

If that status changes we will update the information here - check here to see the latest.
In any case, YOU should make your own decision about the safety of your vehicle and your driving skills during winter storms.

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Ballet cuts and changes

Carl has defined cuts that are expected in the music for the ballet:

  1. In #14, take a D.S. from the end of the seventh measure after rehearsal no. 96 back to rehearsal no. 93 (do not play the first beat on the D.S.). 

  2. Insert #44 between #14 and #15. 

  3. Insert #49 (starting at the fifth measure after rehearsal no. 375) between #38 and #39.

Orchestra rehearsals for the Ballet Des Moines program began Tuesday, February 13 at Grace. Check Rehearsal Audio page for links to listen to the music. Rehearsals the final week are at the Civic Center, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday (please be in place ready to play by 6:15 p.m.), food provided at 5:00 p.m. courtesy of Ballet. It is understood your employment obligations take precedence over the volunteer music schedule - do your best to juggle as you are able. 

Blast from the past

Back in our 20th season, 1995-1996, DMCO appeared on the weekday TV program, "CBS This Morning," hosted by Paula Zahn and Harry Smith (Harry was gone that broadcast day). Every day the show featured a different group from around the country performing their theme song. Click HERE to see DMAS on the program, and the comments from local CBS affiliate, KCCI. 

Dues reminder

Most members pay their dues promptly - $20.00 for each concert that you intend to perform. If you are behind on this obligation please contact Loren Stoneberg or Carolyn Knittle who can receive your payment. Fellowships are available for members who need financial help with dues - just ask Loren or Carolyn or any other board member to arrange that. 

Rehearsal schedule

As rehearsal details are known, we'll post them below. Details can and do change, so please check back weekly. Times are approximate and can vary.
Check the season schedule for main dates of the season.

Date Day Time


Feb. 13 Tu 7:00-9:30 PM first rehearsal at Grace United Methodist
Feb. 20 Tu 7:00-9:30 PM rehearsal (cancelled due to weather)
Feb. 27 Tu 7:00-9:30 PM rehearsal
Mar. 06 Tu 7:00-9:30 PM rehearsal
Mar. 13 Tu 7:00-9:30 PM rehearsal
Mar. 20 Tu 7:00-9:30 PM rehearsal
Mar. 27 Tu 6:00-9:00 PM rehearsal at Civic Center; food available 5:00 PM
Mar. 28 W 6:00-9:00 PM rehearsal at Civic Center; food available
Mar. 29 Th 6:00-9:00 PM rehearsal at Civic Center; food available
Mar. 30 F 6:00-9:00 PM rehearsal at Civic Center; food available
Mar. 31 Sa twice matinee 1:00 pm; evening 6:30 pm; in place 30 minutes prior

Weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist. New members are always welcome. 

Season Schedule

If you haven't noticed before, the left side bar on this page has a link to our "Season Schedule" page. Click that to see the Season Schedule for orchestra rehearsals.