City Voices Alumni

City Voices has served over 143 students from 16 different metro-area schools since its inception in Summer 2013! Here is what some of them have been up to!

Napoleon Douglas (original founding Teaching Artist, Program Coordinator Summer Music Academy) is currently playing “Simba” in “The Festival of the Lion King” at Hong Kong Disneyland. He will be there through March 2019.

Daniela Ortiz (North, ’16) served as Program Coordinator for City Voices, and taught Music Theory and Guitar during the 2018 Summer Music Academy. She is president of the Kansas University Gospel Choir, Inspirational Gospel Voices. Daniela is a junior at KU studying Music Therapy. She will begin her clinical internship in the fall of 2018!

Destiny Foster (North, ’14) graduated from the University of Iowa Spring 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and has accepted a job working at the Principal Financial Group!

Michael Xayavong (North, ’15) music directed the Spring 2018 Columbia College (Chicago) production of “The Wild Party.” Michael will be a senior BFA student in Musical Theater.

Allegra Hernandez (Urbandale, ’16) has been accepted at Berklee College of Music to study Guitar. She will be transferring from McNally-Smith College, which closed in December 2017. She is also a founding member of the band Niiice, and continues to tour with them.

Mayte Gomez-Cruz (North, ’16) worked at Camp Kesem at the University of Iowa in the summer of 2018, to support kids who have a parent dealing with cancer. She was a member of the University of Iowa’s production of the operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore,” by Gilbert and Sullivan, during the Spring 2017 semester. Mayte will be a junior studying Music Therapy, and will begin her Practicum.

Jeni Martin (Hoover, ’14) was a guest intern Teaching Artist during the 2017 City Voices Summer Music Academy. Jeni is a senior studying music education, vocal performance, and music theater at Waldorf College.