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!

Napoleon Douglas (original founding Teaching Artist, Program Coordinator Summer Music Academy) played “Simba” in “The Festival of the Lion King” at Hong Kong Disneyland. He will be in Miami January-April for a pre-Broadway out-of-town opening of a new musical about Louis Armstrong, titled “A Wonderful World.”

Daniela Ortiz (North, ’16) 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) was cast in Drake University’s production of “Pippin” fall 2019. Anto is a freshman studying theater and music theater.

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) 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 the group piano class 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 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.

Mayte Gomez-Cruz (North, ’16) 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 has been cast in “The Light In the Piazza” for Spring 2020. She is currently interviewing for Music Therapy internships all over the Midwest. Mayte is a senior studying Music Therapy.

Jeni Martin (Hoover, ’14) 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.