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) will study Music Theatre on scholarship in the BFA program at Columbia College/Chicago.

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

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

Kaseia Tillman (Roosevelt) will attend Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, MO.

Kaitlyn Carr (Lincoln) will study Music and Psychology at Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL.

Daniela Ortiz (North, ’16) has been offered and accepted a Music Therapy Internship at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, FL for August 2021. She will be 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 is a senior at KU studying Music Therapy.

Antonesia Williams (East, ’19) is choreographing 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 sophomore 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) has 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) has completed a prestigious Music Therapy Internship at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mayte worked at Camp Kesem at the University of Iowa in the summers of 2018 and 2019, 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, and was cast in “The Light In the Piazza” for Spring 2020.

Jeni Martin (Hoover, ’14) is currently teaching in the Des Moines Public Schools as a music teacher. She was a guest intern Teaching Artist during the 2017 City Voices Summer Music Academy. Jeni graduated in Spring 2019 with degrees in music education, vocal performance, and music theater from Waldorf College.