Helder Tsnine

Helder Tsinine of Dorchester, MA, became the sixth winner of the Peacedriven award for his song "Va Gumulelana." Visit www.peacedriven.org.

Lorena Batista Perez

Drummer Lorena Batista Perez of Boston, MA, plays with the band Modabeat (formerly El Frente). Visit www.modabeat.com.

Zoe Hillengas

Zoe Hillengas of Philadelphia, PA, is the executive assistant and teaching artist for Play On, Philly. The organization provides music instruction to students in challenging socioeconomic conditions. Visit www.zoehmusic.com.

Ryan Harris Brown

Ryan Harris Brown of Dalton, PA, released The Trail, his first record of original music and lyrics. In early 2012, he plans to relocate to Nashville. Visit www.ryanharrisbrown.com.

Aishu Venkataraman

Aishu Venkataraman of Long Beach, CA, produced "Divine Strings: A Benefit Concert for Bhopal" at Tufts University. The event raised money for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

Susanna Risberg

In February 2012, guitarist Susanna Risberg of Gothenburg, Sweden, will tour with the Swedish pop group Full of Keys and goth-pop artist Henric de la Cour. She will also record an album with her jazz trio in the spring and a duo album with guitarist Erik Weissglas.

Kazuyo Kuriya

Kazuyo Kuriya of Elmhurst, NY, released her first album, Impressions, featuring Jordan Seigel '10, Keita Ogawa '07, and Fernando Huergo '92. Visit www.kazuyokuriya.com.

Avi Yosef Gunther

Avi Yosef Gunther of Brooklyn, NY, did the mixing for Lucy Woodward's recent tour of Spain, Italy, and Turkey. Gunther will also engineer Snarky Puppy's upcoming full-length album in Dallas, TX.

Kate Vargas

Singer/songwriter Kate Vargas of New York City performs her original acoustic music regularly throughout the Big Apple. Visit www.kate-vargas.com.

Paul Wandtke

Drummer Paul Wandtke of Chicago, IL, played with Kill Hannah on the 2010 Smashing Pumpkins tour. He endorses Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, and Meinl cymbals. Visit www.paulwandtke.com.