We sincerely want to say thank you.

In our 98th season, we are excited to present concerts and continue the mission of our founders to make world-class music affordable to all residents of central Iowa.

Your generosity makes it possible.

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Highlights from this year

Community outreach

A summer of free, outdoor music

We presented free performances by the Belin String Quartet Tuesday evenings throughout the summer at the Salisbury House and Gardens.

Scholarship program

Nearly $10,000 in Scholarships & Awards

We awarded nearly $10,000 in scholarships to 6 young Iowa musicians and 1 Iowa educator to fund music study and continuing education.

Education Programming

CMA Studio Workshops & Clinics

Guest artists worked with area students in more than 10 clinics, workshops or masterclasses, impacting the lives of young musicians in countless ways.

World-class artists

Pat Metheny Dream Box Tour

Pat Metheny and the Blind Boys of Alabama graced the CMA stage in October 2023, sharing stories and music with a captive audience.

Audience Interaction

Community & Connection

We welcomed thousands of guests into our various performance venues, connecting and creating a community we're proud of.

Importance of Music

Crossing Boundaries

We explored the connection between migration, science and music with the Aizuri Quartet, Kinan Azmeh, Roomful of Teeth, and local professionals in the industry.

Enriching the community through music education

Civic Music Association’s impact ranges from touching a single life to being an integral part of building and sustaining strong communities


To the left, students at Hoover High School listen in awe to a multicultural performance by Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei on November 11, 2022. 

Our mission

What makes Civic Music Association unique today, yet continuous with its past, is that it takes world-renowned musicians into the schoolscorporations, and retirement facilities free of charge through your support. Over the course of 95+ years, at approximately 1,000 students reached annually, that equates to a legacy impact of nearly 100,000 students and residents in greater Des Moines


Years of service


Students reached annually


Legacy student impact

Your support matters

We extend our gratitude to you for being able to produce another season of artistic and educational excellence. The second half of the 2023/24 season features artists who have, undoubtedly, been influenced by a moment, person or event that spurred their passion to pursue a musical career.

We hope you will join us this season and for many more to come. 

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