The Guilds

Des Moines Metro Opera is unique in many ways among local arts entities and regional opera companies. The company is particularly proud of its guild chapters that encompass a nearly 150-mile radius from our home offices. DMMO would not be able to generate the reach and scope of its activities without the tireless work from its four guild chapters in Ames, Des Moines, Indianola and Newton. Together, they make up a corps of volunteers that assist the DMMO office in many ways.

Julia Hagen

Dennis Hendrickson

Ames Chapter

Upcoming Events

September 11 at 5pm: Guild Kick-Off Event 
October 11 at 6:30pm: ISU Opera Studio performance 
November 8 at 6:30pm: Carmen Preview by DMMO's Scott Arens
December 13 at 6:30pm: "The Making of an Opera" by DMMO's Bearclaw Hart
January 10 at 6:30pm: "Perspectives from an Audio/Video Engineer" by Eric Weber
February 14 at 6:30pm: "Wagner without Fear" by Chad Sonka, ISU Professor
March 14 at 6:30pm: Drake University Singers performance
April 11 at 6:30pm: Bluebeard's Castle Preview by DMMO's Elyse Morris
May 9 at 6:30pm: The Love for Three Oranges Preview by DMMO's Allen Perriello

All upcoming meetings will be held at in the Grand Room at Northcrest Community (2300 Northcrest Parkway, Ames).

Join the Ames Chapter

To join the Ames Chapter, please contact Membership Chair Jane Farrell-Beck at (515) 292-8302 or

Des Moines Chapter

Upcoming Events

September 15 at 6pm: Guild Kick-Off Event at Noce Jazz Club (1326 Walnut St, Des Moines)
October 18 at 6:30pm: Trivia Night with Nick Renkoski at Confluence Brewing Co. (1235 Thomas Beck Rd, Des Moines)
December 8 at 6:00pm: Holiday Party at the home of Joan Burke (942 56th St, Des Moines)

Join the Des Moines Chapter

To join the Des Moines Chapter, contact membership chair Dennis Hendrickson at

Indianola Chapter

Upcoming Events

September 18 at 4pm: Guild Kick-Off Event at historic home of Robert L. Larsen (713 Ashland Ave, Indianola)
October 20 at 6:30pm: Bluebeard's Castle Preview at the home of Betsy Freese
November 12 at 9:30am: Champagne Brunch and Bingo Benefit at the Indianola Country Club
January 10 at 6:30pm: The Love for Three Oranges Preview at The Village
February 5 at 5pm: OPERA Iowa Welcome Potluck
April 16 at 2pm: OPERA Iowa Spotlight Concert at Trinity United Presbyterian Church
June 5 at 5:30pm: Apprentice Artist Welcome Dinner at the Annett Nature Center
June 15 and 16 at 10am: Picnic and Puccini Family Opera Adventure at the Blank Performing Arts Center

Join the Indianola Chapter

To join the Indianola Chapter, please contact Membership Chair Chari Kruse at or 515-961-6221.

Newton Chapter

Upcoming Events

October 2 at 4pm: Guild Kick-Off Event at the home of Jane Ann Cotton (1327 S 4th Ave W, Newton)
December 4 at 4pm: Guild Holiday Party at the home of Steve Farver and Eric Lindberg

Join the Newton Chapter

To join the Newton Chapter of the DMMO Guild, contact Membership Chair Kay Fisher at or 641-792-2863.