The Des Moines Diversity Chorus celebrated their 20th anniversary of using choral music to gain a deeper appreciation for the people living in Iowa’s capital. The music they sing reflects the diverse traditions and influences of Iowa's ethnic, social and cultural groups. The group welcomes people of all backgrounds. “We have reached a varied audience over the years with our message that we all share in common hopes and dreams, though we may experience them differently.”
DMDC has a strong commitment to cultivating partnerships with individual artists and ensembles that represent varied backgrounds. The group has performed for local MLK, Jr. Memorial observances, Habitat for Humanity build dedications, City of Des Moines International Human Rights Day celebration, Earth Day celebrations, Interfaith Holocaust Memorial services and Iowa Cubs games. Under the direction of Julie Murphy, the group has collaborated with the Heartland Youth Chorus, Nuer Drumming Group (Sudanese), Las Guitarras de Mexico, The Blue Grass Pals, Backyard Boyz, Whyld Girls, New Visions Dance Troupe, gospel choirs, photographers, composers, vocalists and numerous other artists. Their unwavering commitment to using choral music to bring people together and to give voice to the variety of human experiences in their community is making the greater Des Moines area a stronger community one song at a time.