Joanna Kim of Ames High School and Amara Dorr of Indian Hills Junior High were selected from a very talented pool of applicants as recipients of Civic Music Association’s Marjorie Spevak Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year.

Joanna Kim, Ames High School

Des Moines Symphony cellist George Work, Joanna’s teacher, is thrilled that his student was awarded this scholarship, which allowed her to accept a position in the Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Orchestra this summer.  “Joanna is one of the most talented students I have worked with in 35 years of teaching. She is pleasant, agreeable and easy to work with. She has an outstanding work ethic and is highly dependable. I cannot imagine a more deserving recipient for the Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship.”

Amara Dorr, Indian Hills Junior High

Amara Dorr, our middle-school recipient, will use the scholarship funds to purchase a new trumpet. “She has grit and is always willing to try new things,” says Mike Amano, Amara’s band teacher. “Amara displays excitement and passion about her music, and is always aiming to improve.”

 

 

 

About the Marjorie Spevak Music Scholarship
Marjorie Spevak has been a long-time supporter of CMA and a lifelong believer in the power of music. In 2016, the Spevak family started the Marjorie Spevak Scholarship Fund, which honors Marjorie by awarding two $500 scholarships – one to a middle school student and one to a high school student wishing to further pursue their study of music.

For more information, please contact Peter Stevenson or call us at 515.280.4020. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Founded in 1925, Civic Music Association exists to engage, enrich and educate the central Iowa community through provocative, world-class musical performances by legends and rising stars. Our vision is a community where people are positively impacted by hearing, seeing & feeling great music through Civic Music Association.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Patron Services Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Job Description:

The Patron Services Coordinator is responsible for office management, concert ticket sales, phone/e-mail correspondence, mailings, donor record management, and other patron services. In addition, the Coordinator manages front of house during concerts and is responsible for Civic Music’s patron engagement events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Coordinate day-to-day operations of the Civic Music Association office including answering phones, ticket sales and distribution, contribution processing, e-mail correspondence and any other patron services.
    • Manage front of house during all concerts, including will-call and walk-up ticketing, CD sales, ushers, parking/valet and coffee service.
    • Support marketing and development efforts by overseeing direct mail and other ticket sales and fundraising campaigns.
    • Coordinate and implement Civic Music Association special events with assistance from the Executive Director and ad hoc Special Events Committee.
    • Other duties as determined by the Civic Music Association Executive Director. The Patron Services Coordinator is a part-time position (3 days per week, plus concert and event hours).

Essential Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with an accredited college or university, and at least one year of successful member relations and/or office management experience, are required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must.

We seek an energetic and motivated individual with highly developed interpersonal, communication and organization skills. S/he will be an enthusiastic advocate for Civic Music Association and its mission of engaging, enriching and educating the central Iowa community through provocative, world-class musical performances by legends and rising stars.

Ideal Qualifications:

Experience with a musical or arts related organization is preferred.

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Peter Stevenson
Executive Director
Civic Music Association
900 Mulberry Street, Suite 203 Des Moines, IA 50309

Or via e-mail to: peter@civicmusic.org

No phone calls please.

Position open until filled.

8.1.18

DES MOINES, IA – It’s Friday the thirteenth and your lucky day: CMA’s individual concert tickets are now on sale! Catch Grammy® winner Ramsey Lewis with Ann Hampton Callaway in the Season Debut on September 28, Emanuel Ax in recital at the intimate Sheslow Auditorium on October 25, and much more!

Purchase tickets at Midwestix (Sheslow) or Ticketmaster (Hoyt Sherman Place). The entire 2018/2019 season lineup is:

A NIGHT OF CHICAGO JAZZ, FEATURING RAMSEY LEWIS & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY
7:30pm, Friday, 9.28.18, Hoyt Sherman Place
Tickets

Three-time Grammy® Award winner Ramsey Lewis is a jazz piano legend known for his swinging style that has spanned generations and genres. Lewis will perform with jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway, who was recently voted “Performer of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com.

 

EMANUEL AX
7:30 PM, Thursday, 10.25.18, Sheslow Auditorium
Tickets

Emanuel Ax is one of the world’s most brilliant and versatile pianists, earning the respect and admiration of music lovers and critics around the world. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and a frequent recording and concert partner with Yo-Yo Ma, Ax now teaches at Juilliard and regularly performs with major symphony orchestras around the world. Program to include pieces by Chopin, Schumann and Ravel, among others. This concert is sponsored by Nix and Virginia Lauridsen.

 

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO: COOL YULE
7:30 PM, Saturday, 12.8.18, Sheslow Auditorium
Tickets

One of the vanguards of the current gypsy jazz revival, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s jazz manouche style with their own disparate influences to create a unique sound of their own. Their Cool Yule performance will integrate popular holiday favorites with the style HCSF is known for.

 

AN EVENING WITH THE JULIAN LAGE TRIO
7:30 PM, Saturday, 1.19.19, Sheslow Auditorium
Tickets

Guitarist Julian Lage has an impressive career. At the mere age of 13, Lage performed at the Grammy® Awards. Just two years later, at the age of 15, he joined the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University. Lage regularly tours, presenting sold-out shows from the East Coast to the West. And with two Grammy® nominations, his Des Moines debut will be an experience you won’t  forget.

 

VERONICA SWIFT & THE BENNY GREEN TRIO
7:30 PM, Saturday, 3.9.19, Sheslow Auditorium
Tickets

Veronica Swift made her first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center at age 11. Now all of 23 years old, Veronica Swift has drawn attention following her second place finish at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2015 and headlining the Telluride Jazz Festival. For her debut performance in Des Moines she will perform with The Benny Green Trio, a staple of the New York City jazz scene led by one of the most exciting swing and hard-bop pianists to emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

 

FAURÉ QUARTETT
7:30 PM, Friday, 3.29.19, Sheslow Auditorium
Tickets

The Fauré Quartett is a Germany-based piano quartet named for the French composer Gabriel Fauré. Recognized as one of the leading piano quartets in Europe today, the Fauré Quartett was founded in 1995 by the same four musicians who form the quartet today. Fauré Quartett performances are known for their breathtaking balance, ensemble, intonation and finely synchronized interpretation. Program to include works by Fauré and Schumann. This concert is sponsored by the Marjorie Spevak Fund.

 

SYBARITE5: EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE
7:30 PM, Friday, 5.3.19, Hoyt Sherman Place
Tickets

Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” SYBARITE5 rounds out the season with its eclectic repertoire. This adventurous string quintet bridges genre gaps and brings unlikely musical combinations together to create unique concert experiences. SYBARITE5 enjoys a well-earned reputation for challenging perceptions of what music can be and who plays what, pushing the boundaries of concert music. Everything In Its Right Place is a cohesive showcase of the ensemble’s regular playlist, including music by Radiohead, Piazzolla, Mozart, and Brubeck, as well as new compositions for the group by Andy Ahiko, Eric Byers, Shawn Conly, and Dan Visconti. This concert is sponsored by the Sam and Gertrude Shloss Fund.

For more information or an interview regarding the season, please contact Peter Stevenson at peter@civicmusic.org or 515.280.4020. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 


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Founded in 1925, Civic Music Association exists to engage, enrich and educate the central Iowa community through provocative, world-class musical performances by legends and rising stars. Our vision is a community where people are positively impacted by hearing, seeing & feeling great music through Civic Music Association.


 

The Belin Quartet

June 8, 2018

Free noon-time concerts on summer Fridays, downtown Des Moines

ABOUT THE BELIN QUARTET

The Belin Quartet was established in 1999 by a grant to Civic Music Association by the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin. David Belin (1928-1999) 
was a prominent attorney, civic leader, and philanthropist who moved to Des Moines in 1954 and had a tremendous impact on the city during the last half of the 20th century.

A talented violinist himself, he loved music. He also loved Des Moines, and with his trademark bow tie, he was an ever-present supporter of music and the arts in the city. Belin envisioned a community with the opportunity to share in the joys of classical music, which is realized through the Belin Quartet. After his death in 1999, David Belin’s children made the first of 17 annual grants through the Foundation to underwrite the Belin Quartet.

The Belin Quartet consists of alternating violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, and Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Jonathan Sturm, and cellist George Work.

2018 SUMMER FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES
DATES, PROGRAMS, AND LOCATIONS

All concerts in the series begin at 12:15pm and conclude at 1:00pm,
and are free and open to the public.

Subscribe to the CMA enewsletter to keep up to date on the quartet’s concerts and rain location announcements.

May 25
Schumann No. 1 in A minor
People’s Plaza
Corner of E. Locust and E. 7th St.

June 1
Beethoven Op. 59 no. 3
Downtown Library Lawn

June 8
Beethoven Op. 18 no. 1
Botanical Garden

June 15
Mozart K. 428
Gershwin Lullaby
Downtown Library Lawn

June 22
Shostakovich Quartet no. 4
Cowles Commons

June 29
Beethoven Op. 132
East Lawn, Meredith Campus

July 6
Brahms sextet in G
Cowles Commons

July 13
Haydn Op. 76 no. 5
Downtown Library Lawn

July 20
Children’s Concert
Downtown Library Lawn

July 27
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Carl Maria Von Weber Quintet
Principal Financial Group
Corner of 7th St. and Watson Powell Way

HELPFUL TIPS

Check the Civic Music FaceBook page to stay up-to-date on the locations of the concert. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Civic Music Association office at 515-280-4020 or email info@civicmusic.org to confirm the location!

Are you interested in booking the Belin Quartet for an event, concert or party?  Please call 515.280.4020 or email info@civicmusic.org for more information and rates.

Tickets for two-day festival on sale June 1!

The Des Moines Social Club and Civic Music Association will present the 3rd Annual Des Moines Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend on August 31st and September 1st, 2018. The festival is two days of outstanding jazz performances in the Des Moines Social Club’s Prairie Meadows Courtyard.

The Des Moines Social Club and its partners began the Des Moines Jazz Festival as an answer to the overwhelming support and investment in the Des Moines jazz community. This year’s lineup is headlined by the all-female New Orleans jazz supergroup, SHAKE ‘EM UP JAZZ BAND on Saturday,  and BOBBY WATSON QUARTETon Friday, featuring Kansas City saxophone player and jazz legend Bobby Watson, Jr.  The festival will also feature notable jazz violinist CHRISTIAN HOWES, Iowa legends the HEATH ALAN BAND, local music prodigies THE UNDERTONES, members of the JOHNSTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, local brass band GRAND AVE RUCKUS, and Des Moines’ own NOLA JAZZ BAND.

“The staff and board of Civic Music Association are pleased to partner with the Des Moines Social Club once again to bring a weekend of great music to downtown Des Moines,” says Peter Stevenson, Executive Director of CMA. “The lineup reflects the vitality of the local jazz scene and offers jazz fans an opportunity to hear national touring artists like Christian Howes, Bobby Watson, Jr., and the New Orleans-based Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band. Mark your calendars now for August 31 and September 1 and join us in this celebration of jazz!”

The price of admission is $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $25 for a two-day pass.  Event organizers encourage attendees to bring their own lawn chairs, but chairs are available for rent for $5 per day. Food and beverage will be for sale at the festival as well.

The Des Moines Social Club is dedicated to making art accessible to the community. CMA is dedicated to engaging, enriching and educating through provocative performances by legends and rising stars. The Des Moines Jazz Festival’s presenting sponsor is University of Iowa Credit Union, with supporting sponsors Fred & Charlotte Hubbell and the Des Moines Register.  For more information about the festival, and to purchase tickets on June 1, visit www.desmoinesjazzfestival.com.

Nix and Virginia Lauridsen had their first CMA experience just a few years ago. They happened onto a concert featuring Bria Skonberg, a young jazz singer and trumpet player who swooned the audience with standards and self-penned originals.

Although they weren’t big fans of jazz at the time, the couple purchased one of Bria’s CDs. Shortly thereafter, they began supporting CMA, impressed by the superb and varied talent Civic Music brings to Des Moines. They’ve also become Season Ticket holders. Most recently, they attended a concert featuring Cyrille Aimée. Virginia, a singer herself, loved Cyrille, exclaiming “she was so genuine and fun! Not only was her vocal technique impressive, but she was superb onstage. She really interacted with the audience.” That audience interaction is one of the things that keeps the Lauridsens involved with CMA. “I love watching the audience become energized by the magic of music.”

“CMA is the only arts organization in the city which brings world class chamber musicians to our community. Chamber music is intimate; you are so “close” to the artists. Next season we will get the chance to hear Emanuel Ax in recital! Plus, the educational interaction of the artists with young musicians in the area is priceless. Our children get to work side by side with working musicians – how inspirational!”

The Lauridsens are also attracted to CMA’s Partners in Music Education programs and aim to support it in any way they can. Virginia, who is now a member of the CMA Board of Directors, also sits on the education committee. “All of the CMA artists engage in educating our area young musicians. It provides such a unique and meaningful experience for students, and it is a wonderful mission.”

The Lauridsens can be found at events around Des Moines, but if you really want to get to know them, you’ll have to step outside. Both Nix and Virginia love being outdoors. Hiking, biking and horseback riding (especially Icelandic Horses – check out Harmony Icelandics to meet the most amazing little horses!) are just a few of the couple’s hobbies. And they love Iowa and always want it to be the best it can be.

“We are so fortunate to have vibrant artistic opportunities in central Iowa. Arts and culture are the heartbeat of a community, and ours have made Des Moines a destination city. CMA plays a unique role in the musical life of the city by bringing high quality classical chamber music and jazz to the area.”

Thank you to Nix and Virginia for their fantastic support of CMA and other organizations in Iowa!

Season tickets are now on sale for the Civic Music Association 2018/2019 Season!

Season ticket holders receive a significant discount and have access to the best seats in the house. Purchase your season tickets today!

A NIGHT OF CHICAGO JAZZ, FEATURING RAMSEY LEWIS & ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY – 7:30pm, Friday, 9.28.18, Hoyt Sherman Place

Three-time Grammy® Award winner Ramsey Lewis is a jazz legend known for his swinging style that has spanned generations and genres. Lewis will perform with jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway, who was recently voted “Performer of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com.

EMANUEL AX – 7:30 PM, Thursday, 10.25.18, Sheslow Auditorium

Emanuel Ax is one of the world’s most brilliant and versatile pianists, earning the respect and admiration of music lovers and critics around the world. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and a frequent recording and concert partner with Yo-Yo Ma, Ax now teaches at Juilliard and regularly performs with major symphony orchestras around the world. Program to include pieces by Chopin, Schumann and Ravel, among others.

This concert is sponsored by Nix and Virginia Lauridsen.

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO: COOL YULE – 7:30 PM, Saturday, 12.8.18, Sheslow Auditorium

One of the vanguards of the current gypsy jazz revival, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s jazz manouche style with their own disparate influences to create a unique sound of their own. Their Cool Yule performance will integrate popular holiday favorites with the style HCSF is known for.

JULIAN LAGE TRIO – 7:30 PM, Saturday, 1.19.19, Sheslow Auditorium

Guitarist Julian Lage has an impressive career. At the mere age of 13, Lage performed at the Grammy® Awards. Just two years later, at the age of 15, he joined the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University. Lage regularly tours, presenting sold-out shows from the East Coast to the West. And with two Grammy® nominations, his Des Moines debut will be an experience you won’t  forget.

VERONICA SWIFT & THE BENNY GREEN TRIO – Saturday, 3.9.19, Sheslow Auditorium

Veronica Swift made her first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center at age 11. Now all of 23 years old, Veronica Swift has drawn attention following her finish at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2015 and headlining the Telluride Jazz Festival. For her debut performance in Des Moines she will perform with The Benny Green Trio, a staple of the New York City jazz scene led by one of the most exciting swing and hard-bop pianists to emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

FAURÉ QUARTETT – Friday, 3.29.19, Sheslow Auditorium

The Fauré Quartett is a Germany-based piano quartet named for the French composer Gabriel Fauré. Recognized as one of the leading piano quartets in Europe today, the Fauré Quartett was founded in 1995 by the same four musicians who form the quartet today. Fauré Quartett performances are known for their breathtaking balance, ensemble, intonation and finely synchronized interpretation. Program to include works by Fauré and Schumann.

This concert is sponsored by the Marjorie Spevak Endowment Fund.

SYBARITE5: EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE – Friday, 5.3.19, Sheslow Auditorium

Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” SYBARITE5 rounds out the season with its eclectic repertoire. This adventurous string quintet bridges genre gaps and brings unlikely musical combinations together to create unique concert experiences. SYBARITE5 enjoys a well-earned reputation for challenging perceptions of what music can be and who plays what, pushing the boundaries of concert music. Everything In Its Right Place is a cohesive showcase of the ensemble’s regular playlist, including music by Radiohead, Piazzolla, Mozart, and Brubeck, as well as new compositions for the group by Andy Ahiko, Eric Byers, Shawn Conly, and Dan Visconti.

DES MOINES – The Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors for its 2017/2018 season.

Joining the board this year is Joanne Tubbs. Tubbs began her term June 29, 2017, at the Civic Music Association Annual Board Meeting. Tubbs’ term will run through 2020.

Joanne Tubbs is the Lead Administrative Consultant at Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, where she works on teacher preparation programs and teacher licensure in the state of Iowa. Prior to her work for the IBEE, Tubbs’ served for six years as the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools.

“I think Joanne Tubbs is an excellent addition to our Board of Directors,” reflected CMA Executive Director, Peter Stevenson. “CMA has a long-standing tradition of bringing music education to schools around Des Moines and with Joanne’s background I believe we will be able to improve our program.”

In addition to appointing Joanne Tubbs, CMA Board of Directors also voted for new officers to lead the board. Jeff Kane was voted to keep his position as President of the Board for a second term.

Stephen Sanda, after his first year on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Marketing Committee, was sworn in as the new 1st Vice President.

Neil Salowitz, also completing his first year on the Board, was voted to hold the position of 2nd Vice President.

Chairman of the Development Committee, Lincoln Dix was voted to take over the role of Secretary.

Karen Jackson will continue to serve as Treasurer of the Board.

The Civic Music Association kicks off their 93rd season on October 6th with a world-renowned ensemble, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. This season also features artists such as David Sanborn, Delfeayo Marsalis, Eighth Blackbird and more! Single tickets go on sale July 14.

DES MOINES – Civic Music Association (CMA) is pleased to announce its 93rd season of jazz and classical music concerts in Des Moines.

From performances featuring two of the worlds’ most respected and awarded chamber ensembles, to a performance by a Grammy®-winning master of the alto sax, to one of New Orleans’ most celebrated jazz orchestras, CMA’s 2017/2018 season was designed with the adventurous in mind.

Civic Music Association’s seven-concert series begins on Oct. 6, 2017, with an unforgettable performance by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at Shelsow Auditorium. The London-based ensemble is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras. Renowned for its fresh and brilliant interpretations of the worlds most loved classical music, The Washington Post praises the ensemble for their sweet and pure sounding music.

Again in October, CMA presents alto sax player and Grammy®– winning David Sanborn on Oct. 27, 2017, at Hoyt Sherman Place. Regarded as one of the most highly active musicians in Jazz, Sanborn is known for blending jazz with pop and R&B and is considered to be, “the most influential saxophonist for pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years.”

For our holiday concert on Dec. 9, 2017, CMA introduces the fun and unique trio, Time for Three. Violinist Nick Kendall, violinist Charles Yang and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer perform music from Bach to Katy Perry, as well as playing original pieces. Their contagious energy mixed with holiday cheer will result in one amazing concert at Sheslow Auditorium.

For the lovebirds, CMA welcomes Cyrille Aimée to the stage for her Des Moines debut performance on Feb. 16, 2018, at Sheslow Auditorium. Hailed as one of the most talented jazz singers of her generation, Aimée, and her band will effortlessly shift gears from classic jazz songs such as, “Three Litte Words” and “Love Me Or Leave Me” to Valentine’s Day themed ballads.

Trombonist and bandleader Delfeayo Marsalis returns to Des Moines for the second time, this time with the hard-swinging, New Orleans Jazz band: The Uptown Jazz Orchestra on Mar. 2, 2017 at Hoyt Sherman Place. The majority of the musicians are Louisiana natives, ranging from talented young students to respected veterans, who have continued the long jazz tradition of onstage apprenticeship. The Uptown Jazz Orchestra shows are always a good time and their soulful soloists get the audience cheering throughout the performance.

Julliard alums and renowned musicians, Lysander Piano Trio makes their Des Moines debut alongside clarinetist Charles Neidich on April 7, 2018, at Sheslow Auditorium. Together they will perform Transplated, a program by European composers who were displaced due to the rise of Nazism in the 1930s and who sought refuge in America and Israel.

To close out it’s 2017/2018 season, CMA welcomes four-time Grammy®– winning ensemble, Eighth Blackbird on May 12, 2018, at Sheslow Auditorium. Hailed as one of the most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet by the Chicago Tribune, these six virtuoso musicians will perform a diverse program of key works drawn from 20 years of commissions, collaborations and performances.

SEASON TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY, APRIL 22.

2017-2018 subscription packages guarantee the best seats at Sheslow Auditorium and Hoyt Sherman Place for the lowest available prices. Subscriptions may be purchased at civicmusic.org, by calling 515.280.4080, or in person at the CMA office, located at the Des Moines Social Club (900 Mulberry St. Suite 203, Des Moines) beginning Mon. April 24 and at our season finale concert on May 20.

The Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the addition of nine new members to its Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 Season.

Joining the board this year are Molly Brandt, Virginia Croskery Lauridsen, Todd Jones, Amy Kruzich, Chuck Kuba, Neil Salowitz, Stephen Sanda, Hanna Wolle, and Brooke Yang.   The new board members began their terms June 25, 2016 at the Civic Music Association Annual Board Meeting with terms running through 2019.

Molly Brandt is a currently a junior at Drake University majoring in Music Business. Brandt is an active member of the Drake community singing with the Drake Choir and Drake Chamber Choir in addition to serving as VP Alumni Connections for the Drake Student Alumni Association.

Virginai Croskery Lauridsen is an Assistant Professor of Music at Simpson College. As a soprano, Croskery Lauridsen has performed with numerous orchestras across North America including the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall in Fauré’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony and is a strong advocate of arts education. Croskery Lauridsen currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Des Moines Metro Opera Board of Directors.

Chuck Kuba is the president and owner of Iowa Diamond in Des Moines. Prior to entering the diamond business, Chuck worked in multiple leadership positions at the Lyric Opera of Dallas, The Dallas Opera, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, and the Florida Philharmonic. Kuba also serves on the board of directors for the Diamond Council of America as well as the Des Moines Area Religious Council.

Todd Jones is the Research Director for the Crop Genome Engineering group at DuPont Pioneer where he leads teams located in Johnston, IA as well as Hayward, CA. Prior to joining DuPont Pioneer, Jones worked with BASF Plant Science as the Tech Center Leader for Cell Biology.

Amy Kruzich is the Executive Director of Development in the College of Veterniary Medicine at the Iowa State University Foundation, where she leads the fundraising efforts for the college. Prior to her role at ISU, Krusich served on the campaign staff at the United Way of Central Iowa. She has also been involved with the Junior League of Des Moines and the Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Neil Salowitz was the Director of Marketing for Principal Global Investors, where he developed investment strategies for insurance companies before his retirement in 2009. Currently, Salowitz is also a member of the Des Moines Social Club Board of Directors where he played a key role in bringing live jazz performance to The Basement, The Social Club’s intimate music venue.

Stephen Sanda is a Licensed Architect at BNIM Architects in downtown Des Moines, where his work focuses on environmentally regenerating and aesthetically pleasing designs. Before joining the Civic Music board, Sanda served on the board of directors at the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center in Omaha. At Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, he led a strategic visioning and rebranding effort in partnership with Bozell Integrated Marketing Services.

Executive Director, Peter Stevenson reflected, “The Staff and current Board members are very pleased that so many talented, experienced, and committed people have stepped forward to help lead Civic Music Association. It is a testament to the quality of our organization and to the broadening appeal of our music and education offerings. We are looking forward to another great year at Civic Music.”

The Civic Music Association kicks off their 92nd season October 1st with world-renowned violinist, Sarah Chang. This season also features artists such as Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Canadian Brass, Lizz Wright, and more! Single tickets are now on sale.