City Voices Alumni

City Voices has served over 171 students from 16 different metro-area schools since its inception in Summer 2013! Here is what some of them have been up to!

2021 Graduates:

Marquis Bundy (Lincoln) is studying Music Theatre on scholarship in the BFA program at Columbia College/Chicago. He has also been cast as an Understudy for Charlie Brown in Citadel Theatre’s production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” in Lake Forest, IL, and as Telly in the Home Creative Company’s production of Godspell (Eligin, IL).

River Wise (Lincoln) is studying Music Theatre, focus in Theatre Tech and Design, at Columbia College/Chicago.

Tessah Smith (East) is studying Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries at Texas A&M/Galveston.

Kaseia Tillman (Roosevelt) is attending Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, MO.

Kaitlyn Carr (Lincoln) is studying Music and Psychology at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL.

Owen Yoder (Lincoln, ’20) is studying Music Theater on scholarship at Luther College, Decorah, IA. He was also cast in his very first student production, “Heathers.”

Lorena Eclatt (Lincoln, ’18) is a senior at Drake University, studying Vocal Performance and Music Business. She is releasing a Christmas EP, “Velitas: Seasons of Joy” on Spotify for the 2021 Holiday season, and is currently seen on stages all over the metro presenting her original music.

Daniela Ortiz (North, ’16) is completing a Music Therapy Internship at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, FL. She is treating adults with different mental health diagnoses and learning to use music therapy in forensic settings. Daniela served as Program Coordinator for City Voices, and taught Music Theory and Guitar, as well as leading the Hip Hop and Music Production Workshops during the 2018 and 2019 Summer Music Academies. She is president of the Kansas University Gospel Choir, Inspirational Gospel Voices. Daniela has a degree from KU in Music Therapy.

Antonesia Williams (East, ’19) choreographed the Des Moines Playhouse’s summer kid’s production “Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical.” She was also a cast member in the innovative nature of the dream, a filmed work of devised theatre exploring Black identity in Iowa directed by Miriam Randolph. Anto is a junior studying theater and music theatre at Drake University in the BFA program.

Michael Xayavong (North, ’15) graduated from Columbia College (Chicago) in the Spring of 2019 with a BFA in Musical Theater. He music directed the Spring 2018 production of “The Wild Party.” He is currently teaching keyboard and voice at City Voices.

Maddie Sheets (Hoover, ’16) graduated from Columbia College (Chicago) in the Spring of 2019 with a BA in Musical Theater. She graduated in just 3 years.

Allegra Hernandez (Urbandale, ’16) graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Professional Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies. They have also accepted a job teaching at the newly opened School of Rock in West Des Moines, IA, and also working at GirlsRock DSM! as a mentor and staff member.

Mayte Gomez-Cruz (North, ’16) passed her exams and is now a licensed Music Therapist. After completing a prestigious Music Therapy Internship at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, she was offered a position on staff, and is currently working there. Mayte also worked as a counselor at Camp Kesem at the University of Iowa to support kids who have a parent dealing with cancer, as well as at Iowa Legal Aid as a Farmworker Rights Project Intern.