VOENA Alumni

Raphael Cruz - our Director’s son, plays the leading role of “Buster” in the new Cirque du Soleil show “Iris”, created exclusively for the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.   Click here to watch Raphael’s interview with “The Berrics”.

Holly Stell -  recorded a duet with Andrea Bocelli.  “Go Where Love Goes” is featured on Bocelli’s opera CD as well as Holly’s debut CD.  (see Holly’s performances..)

Olivia Jasmine Hurst - made it into the top 40 out of 105,000 people in Season 6 of American Idol.  Winner of the 2009 Idol Napa Valley.

Charlie Baggett - first CD entitled “I Only Dream of You” debuted at #8 on Billboards Classical Crossover chart and remained there for 22 weeks.

Kenya Wright - developed and ran the VOENA Summer Camp pilot program along with Mikala. With VOENA for 12 years, Kenya received a full scholarship to Brown University. 

Mikala Caton - developed and ran the VOENA Summer Camp pilot program along with Kenya Wright. With VOENA for 12 years, Mikala received a full Scholarship to UCLA.

Francisco Cruz - Our Director’s son is the Artistic Coordinator and an acrobat for the Montreal-based circus company “le 7 doigts de la main”.  The company has recently purchased his piano compositions.

Aleza D’Agostino - just released her debut CD “Just Fine”.  She recently opened for her father, Peppino D’Agostino, at Yoshi’s in Berkeley, considered to be one of the most significant jazz venues on the west coast.

Samantha Jones -  A member of the choir for 8 years, Samantha returned to VOENA as an assistant director after graduating from UC Davis. 

Austin Kauzer - Graduated in 2012 and is currently attending University of Santa Cruz majoring in Human Biology.  Austin aspires to be a Pediatrician.

Tori Anna - with VOENA for 10 years, Tori was the top female winner of the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Competition and a 2012-13 American Idol contestant.

Katie Rahn - Graduated in 2014 and was a 2012-2013 American Idol contestant. She is currently studying Music Therapy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA with the hopes of using her passion in music to help others.