The origin of Desiring the Arts and Desiring the Arts Festival began from a series of benefit concerts that brothers Sean Buhr and Patrick Buhr produced in order to raise money for a scholarship fund. The McSweeny-Buhr Scholarship for the Arts was created by the brothers to help young aspiring artists further pursue their ambitions in the arts beyond their graduation from high school.
Desiring the Arts Festival provides a platform for local artists and professional artists of all ages to pursue and present their talents. One of the goals of Desiring the Arts is to spark or re-spark interest in the arts while simultaneously entertaining those in attendance at the festival. DTA brings arts, music, dance, fashion, design and so much more from different parts of the world to the rural Iowa in the U.S.A..
Every year DTA hosts educational workshops and masterclasses by master clinicians and professionals in a variety of fields including singing, acting, music, art, etc.
In 2017, DTA hosted it's first DTA Talent Competition. There was over $500 awarded to the finalists which included dancers, singers, pianists, violinists and more. The festival gave a total of over $3,000 away in awards and prizes.
Meet the Team
The Buhr brothers are originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa, but now reside outside of the state and travel back each summer to produce Desiring the Arts Festival.
Founder, Executive Producer & Director
Sean Buhr is an accomplished singer, actor, songwriter, producer and voice teacher with a bicoastal base in New York City and Los Angeles. The last few years he has been seen on stages such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, 54 Below, Skirball Center, The Town Hall Theatre and Laurie Beechman to among many others throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, China, Austria, Germany, Italy and Vietnam performing with some of the best in the business, such as the New York POPS, Stephen Schwartz, Norm Lewis, Patrick Page and Jeremy Jordan to name a few. While not on the road touring, he maintains a vast online voice and acting studio while also writing music and recording 5 albums to date.
Co-Founder, Associate Producer, Technical Director
After growing up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Pat Buhr now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is the Co-Founder of Desiring the Arts Festival and acts as a Associate Producer and Technical Director. Buhr is an accomplished musician and composer. He is well versed with playing the drums/percussion, piano, guitar, bass among others. In Colorado and Iowa he records artists' new compositions and continues to write new music himself.