Alumni Highlights

ASPVA graduates since 2012 have been awarded scholarships totaling $645,000 and have been accepted to the following colleges:

  • The Juilliard School
  • The University of Texas- Austin
  • Southwestern University
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Westminster Choir College at Princeton
  • The Chicago College for the Performing Arts
  • Texas State University School of Music
  • Rider University
  • University of Mississippi
  • Concordia University
  • Berkeley College of Music
  • Belmont University
  • North Texas State University
  • American University Arts Program
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Texas-San Antonio
  • Morgan State University
  • College of Charleston
  • University of Southern California
  • Cornish College of the Arts


112Kelsey Richards, Class of 2013 graduated as president of the National Honor Society and was awarded a total of $44,000 in academic scholarships. She decided to attend Colorado State University with a dual concentration in Cultural and Biological Anthropology as her major and a Spanish minor, and was awarded a place on the Dean’s List. She plans to join the Peace Corps after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree and then on to Graduate School for a Masters in Forensic Anthropology. Although her academic studies are focused on Anthropology, she still practices her passions of voice and theater through a number of groups. She is a part of an all-girls a Capella group, as the Soprano. She is a part of an improvisation group that performs for the whole community. She also takes at least one theater performance class each semester. She intends to audition for the university’s fall 2015 performance and also intends to audition for multiple community theater shows!


Fabrizio HeadshotGabriella de Cardenas, Class of 2012, graduated Salutatorian and was awarded $48,000 in scholarships.  She accepted the offer from The University of Texas in Austin, but has deferred enrollment as she immediately signed a professional modeling contract with one of the top agencies in Paris followed by additional contracts in New York, Milan, Miami and Brazil.  While at ASPVA,  Gabriella served as the National Honor Society Vice-President and completed 153 hours in community service.  She was also recognized for her academic excellence by The National Society of High School Scholars founded by Claes Nobel whose family established the world-renowned Nobel Prizes.  She praises her teachers at ASPVA for helping to develop her grace and stage presence through numerous dance, theatre, singer-songwriter and guitar performances, all of which helps her on the runway and behind the camera.  Gabriella enjoys working for clients such as L’Oreal Paris, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, she has been featured on DISNEY, ABC FAMILY, three national commercials, three feature films, and most recently in Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg’s hit movie THIS IS THE END and Kenny Chesney’s music video NO SHOES NATION.


Alex MauriceAlex Maurice, Class of 2012 started dancing at three years old. She fell in love with it right away and began studying the art very seriously. She started dancing competitively with Fusion Dance Company, later renamed Premiere Dance Center, where she competed in jazz, tap, and contemporary. Continuing with the competition team, she also attended Texas Ballet Theatre summer intensive and American Ballet Theatre (ABT) summer intensive in California. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, African modern, and cecchetti, where she received a level five certificate. Alex has been awarded a number of convention scholarships, including those from Co. Dance, Jump, Nuvo, and Adrenaline to name a few. Through Co. Dance, she was awarded the Clear Talent Group award (CTG) and the Assistant Teacher Award (ATA) and assisted with Co. Dance’s acclaimed choreographers in Sacramento, California. Alex currently dances as a member of Reverence Dance Project, founded by Quinton Weathers, Dane Burch, and Max Jones and teaches for Dance Institute here in Austin.



colin_guitar1-750x500Colin Huntley, Class of 2015 is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist based in Austin, TX. He is pursuing a music career and will attend Berklee College of Music on a $67,000 scholarship award. Colin’s journey began in 2011 at an AMTC showcase in Orlando, FL.  That led to his signing for acting by Abrams Artists Agency in LA and manager Cinda Snow of Snow Entertainment. He spent a year in Los Angeles taking acting classes and going on many auditions, booking several small roles along the way, the highlight of which was a featured non-speaking role on ABC’s Modern Family as Magritte’s living ” Man and the Apple”.  While in LA, at 14 years old he recorded three original songs, “Wings”, “I Bet” and “Linger” with Producer, Anthony Mazza. Colin returned to Texas in 2012 and worked with Grammy winning Producer Randy Miller to complete his first EP “ECLECTIC”. That was followed in 2013 by a collaboration with Co-Writer/Producer Keith Follese in Nashville, on four original songs for a second EP “Best I Never Had“. Accompanying the second EP was a music video produced by Nayip Ramos for the track “Best I Never Had“. In 2014 Colin was one of 30 nationally screened performers to perform live on primetime television on the season premier of ABC’s Rising Star. That same year he was noted by tastemaker site “Kings of A&R” as one of the “top 8 emerging artists to watch in 2014”.Colin recently recorded 6 new original songs for a 3rd EP with Producer Matt Noveskey at Orb Studios in Austin TX. The new EP “Mystery Light” will release summer of 2016.


Kayla King

Kayla King, Class of 2014,  has been busy in the world of professional dance.  She studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, and was accepted to multiple summer ballet programs at professional ballet schools across the country. Kayla is currently studying ballet at Dimitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Los Angeles, and will be attending the Colorado Ballet and Tulsa Ballet programs in 2015.


Alyssa LumpeeAlyssa Lumpee, Class of 2014,  is an actress who graduated from ASPVA majoring in Theatre Arts. While at ASPVA, Alyssa was the secretary of the National Honor Society and worked hard to earn exceptional grades academically. After graduating, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career with the help of her agent and manager. In Hollywood, Alyssa enjoys taking ongoing acting classes with industry professionals, and working on film and television projects. She recently was featured in two web series shows MATCH and AMERICAN INDIANS.  She also qualified for the Screen Actors Guild, SAG, for her roles in two independent films RED TIDE and A LEAF. She has since had the opportunity to work with many well-known industry professionals and teachers.


Joshua Banbury, Class of 2013Joshua Banbury, Class of 2013, was honored with his selection by the Young Arts Society out of 10,000 applicants to participate in Young Arts Week in Miami, Florida and to compete for the Presidential Scholar Award, the highest honor in arts for high school seniors in the United States. He had the great pleasure of attending master classes such as voice lessons with Placido Domingo along with the nation’s top performing art students. Joshua will attend Westminster Choir College on scholarship, a vocal music conservatory specializing in choir, opera and ancient/sacred music.  He will be majoring in Vocal Performance (opera) and minoring in Musical Theatre. He will simultaneously work on an Advertising degree at Rider University.  He was the highest ranked audition of the freshman class, and was in demand among the 40 voice studios available at Westminster.  The studio he was placed in has received several Grammy awards for their choral recordings and they tour the world each year with the New York Philharmonic Symphony.