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Student Spotlight & Studio News 


Welcome to our Student Spotlight and Studio News Page!  Our students are busy performing and doing amazing things and we want to share some things that have happened within the past year.  We add to this page frequently, so check back to see our latest news!  

Congratulations to all of our Vocal Edge Studio Artists who have released singles and albums in recent months.  Please check out our studio artist playlist on Spotify and follow these artists.  Many of these artists are involved in the PCG Artist Development Program and some are independent artists.  Please show them your support! 

April 2024 - Congratulations to Aline Garza on the release of her latest single "Superhero" (an anti-bullying song) 
and Sofie Angelia on her new release "Broken".  Check them out on all platforms! 

February 6, 2024
Singers - National Anthem auditions for the Round Rock Express 2024 season is at Kalahari! 5-9 pm! 

February 2024
Congrats to Kate Angel on her new single release "Venom"  It's available on all platforms!  Watch the video here!

January 2024
Congrats to Aline Garza on her new single release "Day One"  It's available on all platforms!  Watch the video here!

June 23, 2022
Congrats to Jenny Cova on her new single release "I believe it"  It's available on all platforms!  Watch the video here!

Summer 2023
Congrats To Danielle Kaigler, who is playing the role of Miss Honey at the Summer 2023 Zilker Hillside Theater Production of "Matilda"

Fall 2023- February 2024
Congrats To Danielle Kaigler, who moved to New York and is performing around town and working on staff with the cast of the new production of Cabaret on Broadway! She's just got her foot in a huge door!  So proud of her! 

Congrats To Danielle Kaigler, who is playing the role of Medda Larkin/Nun at the Summer 2022 Zilker Hillside Theater Production of "Newsies" 

WOW, What a week!    (April 5, 2022)

WOW! We've had a lot going on within our studio just this week and I just wanted to give a shout out to several students who have been and will be doing some incredible things this month! So much is happening right now for our artists! I'm very excited for you all! Please find them on social media and download their singles, which on all streaming platforms. 

Last weekend, Grace Sorensen, @realgraces - a recent graduate of Round Rock High School, opened up for the legendary, DIANA ROSS! (If you are young and don't know, Diana Ross was a member of the Supremes and she's a very popular singer/artist!)  She sang at COTA's concert benefitting a children's organization called the Austin Child Guidance Center, in Austin, and Grace opened for her! The Austin American Statesman wrote an article about it! Congrats, Grace, that's amazing!    

Parker Jensen, @parkerjensenmusic a young teen bluegrass musician, and his band will be performing two showcases at the IMBA-World of Bluegrass in September! This is a prestigious event and it's a huge deal for this young band!  They will play where many top artists, Grammy winners perform!  Congrats Parker!


Elle Townley - @elletownleymusic is filming two country music videos due to be released late summer, on April 16 for her two new singles "One Too Many Heartaches"  and "Fighter".  Also, Elle won the Old Settler's Music Festival Youth Competition last fall and will be performing at the Old Settlers Music Festival in Tilman, Texas on the Main Stage, April 23 from from 1:45-2:30 p.m.  If you want to go,  you can purchase tickets at The following day, April 24, she will perform at the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet!  Congrats, Elle!  You are doing amazing things! #PCGUnivesal #Orbstudios

Chaely Zigmond - (San Antonio) @chaelyzigmond was just selected to open for Country Singer/YouTube Sensation, Bart Crow.  He's performing at the Texas Pride BBQ Restaurant in Atkins, TX on Saturday, July 16th! Chaely applied to open for him, along with many elite artists from San Antonio, and she was chosen!  This is so exciting and we are super proud of you, Chaely! 

Lori Beth Wisian-Brooke - @loribethbrooke (my student as well as my good friend from college) has been singing, yodeling and playing accordion all over Texas. Last weekend, she was featured playing live on KWVH 94.3 LONESTAR OF THE DAY on OVER EASY WITH COACH!  Lori is always performing, songwriting, doing showcases and her music often takes the #1 spot on many of the Western Swing Music Charts! Her songs are very well written, clever and she's a great entertainer! Y'all follow her and buy her CD at

Kate Angel - @Kateangel has been recording at Orb Studios a lot recently and her latest single "Punk Persona", has been on the Los Angeles Indie Star Radio Top 21 charts, where she has been #2 for weeks.  She also has 20,000 Spotify streams! Congrats Kate, keep going strong! So excited for you! #PCGUniversal #Orbstudios  

While I'm at it, I'm going to highlight some of our other amazing commercial artists (of varying genres) who are currently song-writing performing live, recording and/or recently releasing music recorded through various studios.  Y'all be sure to follow and show your support for all our artists so you don't miss anything. Many of them have songs released on all streaming platforms (or have works in progress), some have songs that will be released soon: @jordan_gamboa, @katwhitlock1, @michaelaismusic (ig:michaelaizmusic), @skyemusic.official, @jennycovaa,  @lexilynnmusic,  @ameliamaas_music, @anaisvictoria

Adults - If you enjoy live music, y'all be sure to follow these artists.  They all perform frequently: @jenuinecello (South/Central Texas - Cello/vocals/Jazz/Pop/Rock), @loribethbrooke (Accordion/Vocals/Western Swing/German Folk- all over Texas/US), @johnniekay (singer-songwriter, rock, guitar/vocals -Austin).  They are all frequent performers and put on great shows!   

Congrats to Elle Townley for winning the Old Settlers Music Festival's Youth Competition, 2021! She will be performing at the Old Settlers Music Festival this spring! 

Elle Townley's spotlight performance from winning the Old Settlers Music competition for youth
Elle Townley's cover art
VEVS announcement

Congrats to our most recent leading ladies!

Danielle Kaigler plays Sandy in Georgetown palace's Grease production!
Musical theater production

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Round Rock news article

Congrats to Danielle Kaigler, for her role as "Sandy" in last fall's production of "Grease" at the Georgetown Palace Theater.  Photo credit: Palace Theater 

Congrats to Kate Smith for her role of "Amalie" in Leander High School's production of "Amalie", Jan 2022.

photo credit: Leander High School Theater Dept.  

Congrats to Sarah Ferguson for her role as the "Wicked Witch" in the "Wizard of Oz" at Round Rock High School. 

Dream Night Talent Search, sponsored by Mars Talent Agency, utopia artists, Texan Theater, Wendy Kay, was a wonderful competition in Greenville, Texas, November 2021

Laurie served as vocal coach, judge and clinician for the competition, alongside founder, Wendy Kay, Deb Phinney and  celebrity judge, Landau Eugene Murphy, winner of 6th AGT season.  Several Vocal Edge Students participated.  Tony Barba, Aline Garza (Finalist) and our own worship artist, Jenny Cova was the overall winner!


Laurie was honored to speak two classes at the IVACON International Voice Teachers' Conference, April 12 & 13, 2021. 
Congratulations to Lori Beth Brooke on her award winning songs & Album! She topped the Western Music charts and she won "Album of the year" for her record "Texas Star"  Please follow her on Spotify and all streaming platforms.  To purchase her CD, please go to
PCG Universal - Nashville and PCG Austin came together to host a live staging workshop for emerging artists.  Jennifer McGill, PCG Staging Coach and Former Mouseketeer, Matt Noveskey, Blue October's Bassist and Orb Studios Owner, Laurie Winckel, Vocal Edge Studios & Brian Curtis, Professional Guitarist and PCG Provider, Laina & Dylan Standard and Alyson Pirotina were industry panelists.