Cruz Alejandro Hamel Peña

Cruz Alejandro Hamel Peña

Cruz Alejandro Hamel Peña is a second year Viola Performance major at Grand Valley State University where he studies with Paul Swantek. Born in Muskegon, Michigan, he started playing viola at 12 years old within the orchestra program of Muskegon Public Schools under the direction of Elizabeth Knoll. Aside from teaching and engaging in community outreach, he has enjoyed participating in summer string festivals including Center Stage Strings at the University of Michigan and the Summer Strings program at New York University.

You can find Cruz’s 2022 18th Century Music Competition viola performance here.