Yuko Yamamura

Yuko Yamamura of Queens, NY, won the grand prize in the Jazz category of the 2012 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song “Rove Over.” She also released the album Ajarria, which won an award at the Japan Arts Matsuri (JAM) festival. 

Brianne "Brie" Widaman

Brianne “Brie” Widaman of Los Angeles, CA, was recently promoted to associate marketing manager at Interscope Geffen A&M Records (Universal Music Group). She has worked such acts as Madonna, Lifehouse, and others.

Robert Vega

Robert Vega of Chicago, IL, won a People magazine Teacher of the Year award. He is the band director at Rauner College Prep in Chicago. His school’s band placed fifth at Berklee’s High School Jazz Festival.  

Giovanni Rotondo

Giovanni Rotondo of Naples, Italy, helped lead an international film music workshop at the National School of Cinema in Italy. Ennio Morricone was the art director of the class. Visit www.grotondo.com. 

Aurelien Budynek

Aurelien Budynek of Astoria, NY, performed The Music of Queen: Rock & Symphonic Spectacular with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks in Denver. He is the guitarist and musical director for the Dan Band and has been a guitar sub for the Broadway shows Rock of Ages and Book of Mormon

Laura Brunner

In October, Laura Brunner of Union City, NJ, was the first runner-up in the eighth Jazzmobile Vocal Competition in Harlem, New York City. Visit www.laurabrunner.com. 

Tom Roslak

Tom Roslak of New York City is touring with alumni Tony and Mike Beliveau of Crash Kings, in support of the Stone Temple Pilots. 

Chris Parris

Chris Parris of Boston, MA, is the director of the College Success Academy of the Steppingstone Foundation in Boston, MA. Visit www.tsf.org. 

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs of North Hollywood, CA, scored and played guitar for the short documentary Mr. Christmas. The film received awards at film festivals in the United States and Canada. The session was engineered by Andrew Maltese ’08, and featured Berklee alumni Neara Russell ’10, Sean Rainey ’05, Andy Keathley ’08, Matt Bruer ’08, and Evan Winsor ’09.

Roy Assaf

Roy Assaf of New York City has released the album Respect. He played with the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia. He has worked with Winard Harper, in addition to many other musicians. Visit www.royassaf.com. 

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