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Fall Concert
Messiah Concert
Winter Concert
Ballet Special
Spring Concert
Special Ensembles
Money Matters

A Sit-In Adventure: Ever wished you could sit in the middle of an orchestra? Let's do it! Continuing a tradition started several years ago, we invite students to sit in with the orchestra for dress rehearsal. Dress rehearsal is normally the Saturday before each Sunday concert. Check the individual concert details for specific information. Students may sit on stage in their chosen instrumental section. Parents, your children will love it!. We orchestra members love it! Just show up and we will find students a place to sit. If sitting in the audience seats is preferred, that's fine too. Come and sit with us! (Questions? Contact conductor, Carl Johnson, at  

Concert dates for the 2018-2019  season:

Fall Concert  
October 21, 2018, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. & pre-concert talk at 1:00 p.m. 
at Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University campus, Des Moines, Iowa

Celebrate & Sing Handel’s Messiah
December 2, 2018, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. & pre-concert talk at 1:00 p.m.
at Grace United Methodist Church, Des Moines, Iowa

Winter Concert
February 24, 2019, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. & pre-concert talk at 1:00 p.m.
at Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University campus, Des Moines, Iowa 

Special Mid-Spring event with Ballet Des Moines 
A Princess Mermaid, April 20, 2019 - matinee and evening performances at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines,  Des Moines, Iowa 

Spring Concert
May 19, 2019, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. & pre-concert talk at 1:00 p.m.
at Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University campus, Drake University campus, Des Moines, Iowa 

You can now donate to us online. Click the link below:

You're the greatest! Thank you!
Your donations are tax-deductible.

Who Are We?  Under the baton of Music Director and Conductor, Carl Johnson, the Des Moines Community Orchestra is composed mainly of non-professional musicians whose love of music keeps them coming together to perform the great symphonic works of the masters, as well as new works by living composers.

In addition to a love of classical music, the orchestra is deeply committed to making classical music concerts accessible to everyone, regardless of financial resources. Musician members pay dues in order to keep admission free to the public!

Also, so that  financial obstacles won't prevent a musician from becoming a member of the orchestra, fellowships are available to underwrite the dues obligation.


Are you a musician interested in performing with us? Click here.

Would you like to receive our audience mailings? To be added to our audience mailing list , please send us your contact information. Approximately two weeks before each concert, we’ll send you a description of the coming concert. You have the choice of postal mail or email notification. Thanks! See you soon!

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DMCO is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, and although we have no separate office, you may reach us by mail or by phone as shown below:

Des Moines Community Orchestra
P.O. Box 1796
Des Moines, Iowa 50306

Phone: 515-964-4562

Or, reach us via email:



DMCO is supported in part by a grant from Bravo Greater Des Moines.