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Class of 1958

Pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, just released the album Hal Galper and the Youngbloods-Live at the Cota Festival. Visit halgalper.com.

Class of 1968

Drummer Dick Cully of Boca Raton, FL, developed an after-school program titled “Reboot America Musically.” Cully is also the founder and CEO of the International Big Band Jazz Café Society.

Class of 1969

After years of heading the music department at Sierra Nevada College, woodwind player Tom Delaney of Reno, NV, is now teaching private students and performing locally.

Pianist Lee McClure of New York City published a CD and online score for his Jazz Preludes for Piano.

Class of 1970

Woodwind player Mike Pilkinton of Jacksonville, FL, recently released the album Smilin’ in Paradise with the band Catch the Groove. Visit catchthegroovemusic.com.

Class of 1970

Pianist Gordon Nicholson of Vaud, Switzerland, released two piano jazz albums: Vidondee, Soft Whispers of Jazz and Something for Bill on CD Baby.

Class of 1973

Dean Ratzman of Port Angeles, WA, travels the country performing his show “Swingin’ with Dean.” For tour dates, visit ratzpack.net.

Class of 1973

Patrick Kurdy of Boise, ID, is the president of the Idaho Jazz Society. The society awards $25,000 annually in scholarships. Visit idahojazzsociety.org.

Keyboardist Ben Saccoccio of Winthrop, MA, serves his local music community as a freelance multi-keyboardist and musical director.

Class of 1974

Robert Robison of Racine, WI, is working on a music project about living with Parkinson’s disease. Members of the Berklee community wanting to participate in the project can email beholdlamb3@juno.com.

Class of 1975

Ted Minos of New York City is the composer and director for the Moose Hall Theatre Company’s production of Dracula! The Tale of Flesh and Blood.

Jazz singer Cathy Segal-Garcia of Granada Hills, CA, is working on a chamber orchestra recording. She has recorded 11 albums to date. Visit cathysegalgarcia.com.

Class of 1975

Rob Mounsey of Brooklyn, NY, is the coproducer and arranger for Brett Eldredge’s Glow. He has also arranged for Universal Music France, Eddy Mitchell, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Michael Ball, and Alfie Boe.

Joey Nasar of Brooklyn, NY, operates Music-on-the-Go with his wife, Adina. The school teaches children and employs Berklee alumni. Follow them on Instagram @musiconthego.

Frank Schiavone of Madison, CT, a retired firefighter and paramedic, now plays lead trombone for the big band As Time Goes By.

Célia Vaz of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, released the album Cantos Sagrados do Candomblé as a member of the vocal sextet Ouroba.

Ken Carper of Naples, FL, penned the textbook World Music Cultures, which was published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Class of 1976

Jonathan Booth of Portsmouth, NH, is a software architect for IBM.

Jazz guitarist Frank Kohl of Everett, WA, completed his fourth album, Rising Tide. Kohl recently performed with bassist Steve LaSpina and guitarist John Stowell.

Drummer Edward Michalik of Harrisburg, PA, has been performing with the Funky Rooster Band.

Class of 1977

Keyboardist Alan Hewitt of Vero Beach, FL, has been touring with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Moody Blues since 2010. Visit alanhewitt.com.

Class of 1977

Guitarist Fred Lilienkamp of Franklin, MA, is performing with five large jazz ensembles and his own quartet.

Class of 1978

Joe Bace of Myrtle Beach, SC, is performing with the Wavos. The band has released three albums and its song “Chit Chat” was featured in the 2015 horror film The Barn. Visit joebace.com.

Richard Magnani of West Sayville, NY, retired after 26 years as a band and orchestra director in Baldwin, NY.

The album The Truth, by guitarist and singer Angelo Petrucci and his wife, Veronica, of Franklin, TN, was released in November. The first single “Higher Place” has gotten radio play and landed on the Billboard gospel charts in October 2017.

Richard Ruotolo of Meriden, CT, continues to perform and promote modern jazz, blues, and Latin music by composing and leading workshops.

Class of 1979

Steve Freeman of Duluth, GA, joined the Achieve Music technology team, the makers of a practice and assessment app designed for private music instructors and their students. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Pianist Lulu Martin of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has released his piano method O Som Dos Acordes in digital format. He recently played on three recordings by drummer Alfredo Dias Gomes that are tributes to American jazz.

Michael Clarke of Boston, MA, has been recording with blues guitarist Robert Frahm and performing with Lee Carroll ’77, and Mark Jones with Tin Can Buddha.

Class of 1980

Audio engineer Eric Camp of Las Vegas, NV, started the audio school, Master Mix Live, offering a hands-on approach to working with live and recorded audio. Camp has mixed and toured with Destiny’s Child, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, and others. Visit mastermixlive.com.

Janet Ettele of Bethel, CT, penned the book How the Root of Kindness Works, her second book of contemporary fables based on the teachings of Buddhist monk Shantideva.

Michael Suman of Miami Shores, FL, is the CEO of Suman Entertainment Group, the largest live music agency in the U.S. Visit sumanent.com.

Class of 1981

Jeffrey Izzo of Burbank, CA, was named an assistant professor and Mike Curb Endowed Chair of Music Industry Studies at California State University Northridge.

Class of 1981

Pianist Mary Ann Barker of Troy, NY, has taught private lessons in her home since 1997. Barker is also a general music teacher at the Sacred Heart School.

Guitarist Pedro Brito of Caracas, Venezuela, is the president of Brigiam’s Productions and is an active jazz performer.

Alan Hall of Sebastopol, CA, produced the album and video project Heroes, Saints, and Clowns with the neo-jazz sextet, Ratatet. Visit ratatet.com.

Dennis Keating of Las Vegas, NV, played trumpet and trombone on Los Ataskados’ new album Connections.

Saxophonist Scott Robinson of Teaneck, NJ, is featured on Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1, a large ensemble recording of original improvised music in the spirit of Sun Ra’s Heliocentric Worlds album. Visit sciensonic.net.

Class of 1982

Pianist Landin K. Battistini of Brandon, FL, has produced more than 60 albums. He also owns a recording studio as well as a publicity and marketing agency.

Guitarist Dave Dubuc of Las Vegas, NV, has been performing and composing for various musical projects for three decades. He has played with Mickey Thomas, Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, Mickey Rooney, and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Robert Gaudreau of Laval, Quebec, released an album of original music for piano, keyboard, guitar, marimba, and strings, titled Liminaire. It is available for download on iTunes.

Alejandro Varela of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a freelance drummer, teacher, and author.

Class of 1983

Pianist Peter Dick of Toronto, Canada, released his third album, Here Today: Calico Trio Live at the Music Gallery with bassist Kobi Hass and drummer Paul Fitterer.

Class of 1983

Producer Paul Hoyle of Miami, FL, is the recipient of a Tumi award in the Arts-Culture industry category. Visit paulhoylemusic.wixsite.com.

Carol Evans of New Orleans, LA, is the founder and CEO of the webstore Ring Tools.

Class of 1984

Guitarist Dale DeJoy of Wakefield, RI, is the bandleader of Hey Nineteen, an 11-piece Steely Dan tribute act. Visit hey19band.com.

Christopher J. Guardino of Sherman Oaks, CA, is an Emmy-nominated arranger, orchestrator, and conductor for the Emmy award–winning television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Visit otherchirps.com.

Producer Torbin Harding of Shrewsbury, MA, released the double CD Free Up the Love in the Galaxy. Visit Lo-ZRecords.com.

Drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz of Arlington, MA, is the leader of the jazz ensemble El Eco, and released the album Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933. Featured on the album are Helio Alves ’16, Fernando Huergo ’92, Kim Nazarian, Marco Pignataro, and Brian Lynch. Visit elecomusic.com.

Mike Russo of Doylestown, PA, is the music director and composer-in-residence at Family of God Lutheran Church in Buckingham, PA. Russo is also an actor at the Bucks County Playhouse.

Class of 1985

Joe Mardin of New York City recently produced the album Canzoniere by the Italian folkloric group Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. The group champions the pizzica musical style from Southern Italy and was recently nominated for a RoundGlass Award.

Class of 1985

Composer Charles Denler of Highlands Ranch, CO, commissioned, premiered, and recorded Portraits of Colorado, An American Symphony No. 1 with the Colorado Symphony for the Reference Recordings label. He also premiered Portraits in Season, Piano and Orchestra Suite with the Boulder Philharmonic. Visit charlesdenler.com.

Arnon Palty of Haifa, Israel, has published the book Connecting Points in Jazz Dialects. It is available in Hebrew through Ono Academic College press. An English version is forthcoming.

Thomas P. Scheuzger of Hudson, WI, has started his second broadcast season as the senior technical director and broadcast engineer for A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile. Visit prairiehome.org.

Class of 1986

New York Voices singer Lauren Kinhan of Hampton Bays, NY, released the album A Sleepin’ Bee, a tribute to jazz singer Nancy Wilson featuring 10 jazz standards. Among the album’s instrumentalists are trumpeter Ingrid Jensen ’89 and bassist Matt Penman ’95. Visit laurenkinhan.com.

Class of 1986

Composer and pianist Richard X. Bennett of Brooklyn, NY, released the raga-influenced jazz album Experiments with Truth, and What Is Now, a groove piano trio outing. Visit richardxbennett.com.

Professor Rebecca Day Babcock of Sterling City, TX, has published Writing Centers and Disability with Sharifa Daniels for Fountainhead Press. A second edition of Researching the Writing Center, which she cowrote with Terese Thonus, will be published with Peter Lang. Visit rebeccababcock.com.

Composer and guitarist Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, and woodwinds player Carl Clements ’87 released their fifth instrumental album Even This Late It Happens. Visit kevinkastning.com.

Miguel Kertsman of Wilmette, IL, recorded an album of his orchestral music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies. The album will be released in May.

Class of 1987

Composer Tony DiMito of Nanticoke, PA, mixed the record Live Bootleg for bassist Kasim Sulton. DiMito is currently scoring the Italian cartoon Spike Team. Visit tonydimito.com.

Robert Fogleman of Gaithersburg, MD, is the director of the Maryland Christian Youth Band and Orchestra, a program for children without a school music program. Fogleman recently retired after 21 years teaching for Montgomery County Schools.

Composer and pianist Satoko Fuji of Fukushima, Japan, released an epic, album-length jazz work for avante big band chronicling her response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. Visit stokofuji.com.

Bassist Terje Gewelt of Oslo, Norway, released the CD Wow and Flutter with his jazz quartet. Visit resnonant-music.com.

Keyboardist Bob Malone of Los Angeles, CA, played on the song “Back Off Boogaloo,” for Ringo Starr’s latest album Give More Love.

Class of 1988

Composer and digital media engineer Joe DelMerico of Smyrna, TN, completed the audio post-production on the Nashville Public Television documentary Music Row: America’s Most Famous Neighborhood.

Vocalist Dana McCoy of New York City sang lead vocals on “Sky” for the Grammy-nominated album Surrealist by Albert Bouchard. Visit danamccoy.com.

Audio engineer Elvin Orta of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, is working in the post-production division of ESPN INET creating promotional material. Visit elvinorta.com.

Bryan Young of Lakeville, MA, was named as the 2017 Teacher of the Year through the WorldStrides education program. He is the director of music for the Fairhaven, MA, public schools.

Class of 1989

Dave Askren of Monrovia, CA, released a jazz album with Jeff Benedict titled Come Together for Tapestry Records. Visit daveaskren.com.

Dawn Carroll of Medford, MA, collaborated with longtime friend and colleague Jon Butcher on his album 2 Roads East. The album has three songs cowritten by Carroll and Butcher. Visit overmyshoulderfoundation.org.

Composer and bassist Mario Horikawa of Kawasaki, Japan, is on tour with Generations from Exile Tribe. Visit facebook.com/mario.horikawa.

Guitarist Brian Seeger of New Orleans, LA, released the album Saturn’s Spell with his group Organic Trio. It reached number two on the U.S. jazz radio charts and spent two months in the top 10. The trio has been performing in Europe, Russia, and America. Visit organictrio.com.

In May 2017, Rhonda Begos Zolecki of Milwaukee, WI, received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Alverno College. She plans to work with victims of childhood trauma and musicians suffering with addictions.

Class of 1990

Joseph Roberts of Brooklyn, NY, is the assistant director of music at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church in Brooklyn.

Bassist Paul Rogalski of Longmont, CO, is the founder of Mojo’s Music Academy. His band Mojomama won a trip to Memphis to play at the International Blues Challenge. Visit mojosmusicacademy.com.

Sven Wolff-Kairos of Sandhausen, Germany, leads the jazz group, Wolkai Trio-B. He is currently working on material for a new album. Visit wolkai.de.

Brian O’Hern of Chicago, IL, and Model Citizens Big Band released the album We Are So Straight Ahead and performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

In addition to working as a carpenter at Harvard University’s Newell Boathouse, drummer Mike Piehl of Somerville, MA, is a father and plays gigs and sessions.

Class of 1991

Film and TV composer Adonis Aletras of Aglantzia, Cyprus, has had his music featured on the TV shows Vice, Detroit Steel, Counting Cars, and American Pickers. Visit adonisaletras.com.

Singer/songwriter Nick Evans Mowery of Murfreesboro, TN, released his ninth studio album, Shared Time. His song “Long Road Down” will be in the 2018 film Benji. Other songs have been featured in several TV series. Visit facebook.com/mowerymusic.

Flutist Cynthia Scholl of Sitia, Greece, performed concerts with guitarist Lefteris Aerakis and with tenor Zachos Terzakis.

Class of 1992

Drummer Gary Benson of Cotati, CA, has secured two patents for The Kickstrap, a drum and hi hat restraint. He drums for the jazz/punk band, Earstu, and the r&b band Soulshine. Visit thekickstrap.com.

Singer/songwriter Steve DeMott of Newtown, CT, signed a three-year publishing deal with Purple Heather Entertainment, owned by Amnon David ’91.

Producer Scott Erickson of La Cañada Flintridge, CA, has produced Grammy-nominated records with Barry Manilow, and wrote 12 songs for the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary celebration. Visit scott-erickson.com.

Composer Jason Eckardt of Kerhonkson, NY, had his work for trombone, Compression, premiered by Matt Barbier at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Visit ensemble21.com.

Composer Daniel Hamuy of Los Angeles, CA, arranged and conducted for tenor Eduardo Bosio’s new album, Lyric & Pop. He has orchestrated albums for George Duke, Rickie Lee Jones, and Rachelle Ferrell ’80. Visit keysoundproductions.com.

Kevin Kliesch of Valencia, CA, is composing the score for Disney’s new television series Tangled: The Series. Kliesch received his fourth Emmy nomination for his work on Disney’s Sofia the First.

I Go Back Home, the Jimmy Scott documentary to which Jan Uwe Leisse of Cologne, Germany, was the legal adviser, won awards at two International film festivals. It features Quincy Jones ’51, Joe Pesci, David Sanborn, and others. Visit i-go-back-home.com.

Drummer and vocalist Al Pahanish Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, played a European tour with Boston-based band DYS. For a decade, he has been an instructor and show director for the School of Rock in Scottsdale, AZ.

Woodwind player Dave Rybczynski of Baltimore, MD, is the director of fine arts at Mercy High School. He has also played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Bassist Jesse Stern of Los Angeles, CA, is touring with Gloria Gaynor, and toured with a David Bowie tribute band in 2016. He has collaborated in the studio with Rafa Sardina, Ziggy Marley, Elan Atias, the Element, Justin Busch, and Heavy Mellow.

Class of 1993

Dave Couture of Weare, NH, released the album Los Dedos Bailando. Visit store.cdbaby.com/cd/davecouture.

Multi-instrumentalist Ben Graves of Nashville, TN, is the chair of performing arts at Volunteer State Community College. He has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at the Grand Ole Opry, with Kid Rock, Lyle Lovett, and Delbert McClinton. Visit bengraves.com.

The novel Angelica by Arthur Phillips of Brooklyn, NY was released as a motion picture of the same name by film director Mitchell Lichtenstein in November 2017.

Class of 1994

Sten Hostfalt of Ridgewood, NY, is the director of Sten’s Guitar Studio, which offers a range of music instruction. Visit stensguitarstudio.com.

“Metal” Mike Chlasciak of Wayne, NJ, held a metal guitar retreat in the Catskill Mountains for adult guitarists. Visit metalmike.net.

Nate Morton of Valencia, CA, is the house band drummer for The Voice on NBC, now in its 13th season.

Bassist Pedro Verdugo of Plymouth, MA, is a web developer by day and musician by night. He was hired by Kahootz Entertainment as the leader and music director of their band KB3.

Class of 1995

David Cuetter of San Francisco, CA, played steel guitar and bass on Paul Frazer & Tarnation’s new album What Is and Was. Visit cuetter.com.

Bassist James Rosocha of Manville, NJ, released his debut album Avalon, and was featured in the April 2017 edition of Bass Musician magazine. Visit jamesrosocha.com.

Bassist Johnny Walker of Oro Valley, AZ, is a member of the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet. Their album, What Lies Beyond, was nominated for Indian Summer and Native American music awards. Visit johnnydoesbazz.com.

Class of 1996

Singer/songwriter Anouschka of Cambridge, MA, is writing music for a new album and designing a fashion label, SongQueen, in partnership with VIDA, to support work creation and literacy programs. Visit anouschka.net.

Pianist Grego of Budapest, Hungary, is the resident pianist with Viking Ocean Cruises. Visit grego.mobi.

The Graciano 4 Cuarteto of Buenos Aires, Argentina, led by Julián Graciano, received an award from National Institute of Music for the group’s album Alchemy. Visit graciano4cuarteto.com.

Christopher Hegstrom of Kirkland, WA, is the senior sound designer at Amazon Seattle. He is responsible for creating and maintaining a sonic identity for Amazon’s user experiences and products.

Composer Ryan Shore of Burbank, CA, composed music for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. Visit ryanshore.com.

Class of 1997

Composer and soprano Karin Okada of West Hollywood, CA, performed with the California Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Opera at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Visit karinokada.com.

David Ravasio of Diano Marina, Italy, placed his song “Bobbie Reggae” in the movie Once Upon a Time in Venice featuring Bruce Willis and John Goodman. Visit davidravasio.com.

Guitarist Par H. Thuresson of Vaxjo, Sweden, teaches guitar, harmony, and ensemble at the Academy of Music and Business founded by Andreas Carlsson. Visit axbschools.com/amb-en.

Amber Mogg Cathey of Nashville, TN, owns the Nashville Vocal Studio, which offers vocal coaching on Nashville’s Music Row or via Skype. Visit nashvillevocalstudio.com.

Class of 1998

Percussionist Roberto Castillo Lagrange of Barcelona, Spain, has recorded and performed with Mayumana, Cirque du Soleil’s Sama Sama, and Karina Andreu Buenafuente. Visit primatepercu.com.

Rachel Hoffmann of Nashville, TN, is the director of Sound Start Early Childhood Music, a program offering classes for children, newborn through five, in Nashville and Philadelphia. Visit soundstartnashville.com.

Bassist Ivan Andres Santiago of Miami, FL, is touring with CNCO and working with Univision for the new Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin show La Banda. Follow Santiago on Instagram @ivanandres_bass.

Class of 1999

Guillermo De La Barreda of Santa Monica, CA, is the owner and creative director of Dos Brains, a film music and video game advertising firm. Their latest placements include: Justice League, Dark Tower, Dunkirk, and Kong: Skull Island. Visit dosbrains.com.

Alma Micic of Bronx, NY, released her fourth solo album, That Old Feeling, for the Whaling City Sound label on August 25. The album features Rale Micic ’99, Tom Beckham ’90, Corcoran Holt, and Johnathan Blake. Visit almajazz.com.

Class of 2000

Producer Fred Archambault of Valencia, CA, cowrote “Angry Heart” for the new LP Sleeping Lions by Otherwise. He is currently mixing acts for NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. Visit studio5a.net.

Patrick Bowsher of Los Angeles, CA, is in his third season as the composer for the TV series Money for Life. Visit patrickbowsher.com.

Composer Stefano Cataldi of Velletri, Italy, recently premiered his oratorio Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Visit youtu.be/VcVxm.7ZzdXI.

Composer Gunnard Doboze of San Francisco, CA, wrote music for the HBO documentary film A Girl in the River, which won an Emmy Award.

Benji Nichols of Decorah, IA, and his wife celebrated the 10th anniversary of their company Inspire(d) Media. Nichols also works on freelance audio and production projects. Visit iloveinspired.com.

Ryan Nybo of Puyallup, WA, is working as a forensic psychologist

Class of 2001

Nikolai Loveikis of Monterey, CA, works as an on-set dresser for Netflix’s House of Cards and Mindhunter. He has also directed the short films Gerald Full of Wonder and The Man and is a photographer. Visit loveikis.com.

Vocalist and composer Jocelyn Medina of Brooklyn, NY, released her third album Common Ground, on Running Tree Records. Visit jocelynmedina.com.

Guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil of Arlington, MA, won first place in the instrumental category of the 2016 International Songwriting Competition, for his song “Gee” from his album Chromatic Dialogues. Visit gustavoassisbrasil.com.

Composer and producer Elias Ringquist of Stockholm, Sweden, released a new music video for his song “Seize the Day” in the fall of 2017. He is working as a producer, voice-over artist, and pianist. Visit shymusic.com.

Keyboardist Matthew Cahoon of Providence, RI, released his 11th album Parallax feat. Katelyn Isaacson, for Tabletop/Spectra Records. Visit everpresent.org.

Chris Carbajal of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, has served as the band director of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for 15 years.

Class of 2002

Jesse Bond of Fayetteville, GA, is the touring guitarist for Ne-Yo’s Good Man world tour.

John Brown of Oakland, CA, has been the dressing room assistant for both John Mayer and Dead & Company for their tours in North and South America.

Jazz pianist Philippine Duchateau of Vienna, Austria, recorded Latin-jazz originals for the album Caoba by Toni Mühlhofer ’85. He is a faculty member at the Jam Music Lab University. Visit duchateau.at.

Matt Graber of Somerville, MA, is a K-4 elementary music teacher for the Chelmsford public schools. Visit mattgrabermusic.com.

Bassist Kai Kurosawa of Santa Clarita, CA, is playing a variety of gigs, festivals, and clinics. Visit happysad.org.

Bassist Jordan Scannella of Brooklyn, NY, is the bassist for the second national touring production of Hamilton. He produces music under the name JORSCAN and his latest single is titled “Stupid.”

Peter Slavov of Astoria, NY, toured with Joe Lovano’s Classic Quartet in Europe and South America. They also played at the Detroit and the Monterey jazz festivals.

Saxophonist Walter Smith III of Los Angeles, CA, is an associate professor of jazz studies at Indiana University. He is touring with Eric Harland and Jason Moran and will release a trio album in February with guests Christian McBride and Joshua Redman.

Class of 2003

Jonathan Brown of Van Nuys, CA, is the cofounder of Partner.ly, a music-tech startup. Formerly a recording engineer for Will.i.am and a writer/producer for Universal Music Publishing, Brown is a two-time Grammy nominee for his work with Eminem and P!nk. Visit partner.ly.

Class of 2003

Guitarist Werner Fischer of Lucerne, Switzerland, released the album The Light Is On with his band Travelogue. The group includes Jürg Wickihalder ’95, Roberto Domeniconi ’91, and Fred Meli ’89.

Eruch Kimball of North Hollywood, CA, completed his fifth degree, an MFA in creative writing from Full Sail University. He recently filed a patent for a mathematical invention for his start-up company Fable Club. Visit fableclub.com.

Michael Myers of Jersey City, NJ, is the client solutions manager for Nielsen Music.

Leeanne R. Porta of Riverview, FL, is an instructional designer in innovative education at the University of South Florida. She recently completed an Ed.S. degree at the University of Virginia.

Pianist Uziel Colón was recently named as the project manager for the Gospel/CCM & Music for Visual Media Fields at the Recording Academy.

Nikki DePasquale-Gauvin of Lexington, MA, is a video and sound production specialist for Appfire Technologies.

Pianist Tim Dvorkin of Columbus, OH, is earning his master’s degree in jazz pedagogy and operates a private teaching studio. Visit timdvorkin.com.

Class of 2004

Violinist Lydia Veilleux of Ambler, PA, is the orchestra program director for Trenton Music Makers in Trenton, NJ. She previously served as the director of the Willow Grove Branch of the Settlement Music School. Visit lydiaveilleux.com.

Class of 2004

Nathan Horne of Atlanta, GA, is the senior client executive of SongDivision and representative for saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Visit songdivision.com.

Composer John E. Low of Los Angeles, CA, scored the 10-episode comedy series The Guest Book on TBS. Visit littlegettysburgmusic.com.

Justin Nihiser of Atlanta, GA, was promoted to vice president of Franchise Operations at the School of Rock. Visit schoolofrock.com.

Brian Ostreicher of Oakland, CA, released his third EP as 0mnis0und. Visit >0minis0und.com.

Singer, songwriter, and pianist Oli Rockberger of London, England, released his fourth studio album, Sovereign, in October 2017. Visit olirockberger.com.

Class of 2005

 

Composer Ryan Leach of Ambler, PA, scored comedy feature Candy Jar, directed by Ben Shelton, starring Helen Hunt, Christina Hendricks, and Uzo Aduba. Visit ryanleach.com.

Class of 2005

Composer Evan Brown of Los Angeles, CA, scored the independent feature film I Hate You. Visit evbro.com.

Mariana Iranzi of Guttenberg, NJ, released the children’s album Primavera, her third album. Visit marianairanzi.com.

Rachel Solomon of Madison, TN, released the EP Right On Time. She has assisted in creating Billboard Onboard entertainment for Holland America Line cruise ships. Visit rachelsolo.com.

Class of 2006

Stina Hellberg Agback of Uppsala, Sweden, has been a member of progressive rock band Archimedes Badkar since 2016 and is a mother of two. Visit harpa.se.

Class of 2006

Vocalist James Harrington of Tallahassee, FL, debuted at the Portland Opera in 2017 and at the Santa Fe Opera in 2016. He is the managing editor and blog creator for opusatlas.com. Visit jamesharringtonbass.com.

Pianist and composer Yoonhan Jeon of Sungnam-si, South Korea, released his third album, Loveless. He is also a professor at Kyung Hee University in the Performing Arts department.

Singer Samantha Nelson of Lake Elsinore, CA, has been a songwriter for Universal Musical Publishing Group since 2011. She has toured as a background vocalist with Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, and Duran Duran, and sung for the TV shows Glee, Empire, and Black-ish. Visit samminicks.com.

Singer/songwriter Seth Glier of Shelburne Falls, MA, has released a new album titled Birds.

Class of 2007

Guitarist, composer, and educator Colin Cannon of Brooklyn, NY, released a new album Intermission, which was ranked among the top five jazz albums of 2016 by AXS magazine. Visit colincannon.com.

Film composer Patrick Jonsson of London, England, was nominated for an Emmy for his score to the Netflix film The White Helmets. Visit patrickjonsson.com.

Class of 2007

Mica Bando of Tokyo, Japan, has been working with performance art group, Slow Label, since 2014. Slow Label performed at Yokohama Paratriennale this past fall. Visit micabando.com.

Terrence Ezold of Hatfield, MA, is an airline pilot for Endeavor Air, a subsidiary of Delta. He also teaches and plays traditional Irish music throughout New England.

Megan Felts of Juneau, Alaska, owns North Star Music Academy, one of Juneau’s largest music teaching studios. Visit northstarmusicacademy.com.

Composer Gregory Jenkins of Los Angeles, CA, scored season two of Disney Jr.’s Goldie & Bear, which aired this past fall. Visit gregtronic.com.

Seth Little of New York City is the director of worship arts at the Upper West Side’s All Angels’ Church.

Violinist and vocalist Ana Lisa Portillo of El Paso, TX, is a middle school orchestra director. She also performs with area mariachi bands.

Drummer Elisa Seda of Boca Raton, FL, is the house drummer for Telemundo’s Don Francisco Te Invita show. She previously drummed for Ya Era Hora. Visit eseda.net.

The song “Every Little Thing” co-written by Emily Shackleton of Nashville, TN, as recorded by Carly Pearce, reached number one on the country music charts. Shackleton co-wrote the song with Pearce and producer/songwriter Busbee.

Jonathan Schmidt of Glendale, CA, is the manager of new films and allocations at the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund.

Guitarist Stephen Trimble of Pennington, NJ, is a member of the information technology faculty at the Pennington School.

Colombian-born singer, songwriter, and accordionist Gregorio Uribe of Boston, MA, signed a worldwide administration and publishing agreement with Spirit Music Latino.

Class of 2008

Trumpeter Joe Pino of Brooklyn, NY, played the first national tour of Woody Allen’s Bullets over Broadway from 2015 to 2016. He played for Elf the Musical at the Boston Boch Wang Theatre and Madison Square Garden last fall. Visit joepinojazz.com.

Class of 2008

Audio engineer and consultant Angelo Caputo of Los Angeles, CA, was promoted to studio manager of NightBird Recording Studios. Caputo engineered Bobby Rush’s Grammy-winning album Porcupine Meat. Visit angelocaputo.com.

Pianist, and composer Oderigi Lusi of Avella, Italy, recently composed The Abellana Symphony (for soloist, choir, and orchestra), The Cloud in Love (ballet in one act), and Presso il vecchio castello di Avella (work for solo piano).

Guitarist Miguel Perez of Spring Hill, TN, plays lead guitar for American Idol finalist Danny Gokey. Perez has been on four tours with Gokey and cowrote and produced songs featured on Radio Disney. Find Perez on Instagram @miguelperez27.

Composer and pianist Keiko Shiga of Kumamoto, Japan, composed the music for the short film Winter’s Butterfly. The film was awarded the Feature Film Asian Competition’s grand prix for the 33rd Tehran International Short Film Festival. Visit keikoshiga.tumblr.com.

Jeffrey T. Stavroff of Columbus, Ohio, is an attorney at law for the Stavroff Law Firm. Visit stavrofflaw.com.

Composer, woodwind player, and radio host Linus Wyrsch of New York City released a duo album with Claude Diallo ’06 called Live at Villa Irniger. Visit linusmusic.com.

Class of 2009

Guitarist Guillaume Estace of Paris, France, is the codirector and teacher at the American School of Modern Music and an active touring musician. Visit guillaumeestace.com.

Class of 2009

Bob Bradshaw of Jamaica Plain, MA, released his seventh album of original songs, American Echoes, on Fluke Records in October 2017.

Nicholas Connell of Los Angeles, CA, is a professor at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood. He was previously the music director for the show For the Record: The Brat Pack on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Sound designer Gilda Garcia of México City, México, directed and produced her debut documentary film The Life of One. It was accepted for the Shorts México International Shorts Film Festival.

Matt McArthur of Roxbury, MA, is planning an expansion of his studio, the Record Co. Visit therecordco.org.

Class of 2010

Emma White of Nashville, TN, was featured in the Rolling Stone article “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: October 2017.”

Class of 2010

Keyboardist, arranger, and music director Cody Garrett of Pearland, TX, played for Tony-nominated A Night with Janis Joplin and the first national tour of Something Rotten. He is also a transcriber and arranger for Motown Gospel Records. Visit codygarrett.com.

Jonathan Joubert of Paris, France, is the director of the American School of Modern Music. He also recorded a new album, Fanfare XP, with Magik Malik. Visit asmm.fr.

Piano students of Jeanne Lippiatt of South Perth, Australia, participated in Yamaha’s Annual Concert in Perth, Australia.

Neara Russell of Los Angeles, CA, was Alina Baraz’s bandleader and keyboardist opening for Coldplay on the group’s A Head Full of Dreams tour. She is currently music director for Bonnie McKee and Skylar Grey.

Alex Stickels of Los Angeles, CA, is a solo artist and member of Recycled Percussion. The band produces and stars in the television show Chaos & Kindness, and has a Las Vegas residency.

Keith Asack of Stoughton, MA, is the owner, CEO, lead engineer, and producer at Keep the Edge Studios. In 2012, he received the South Shore Stars “40 under 40” award. Visit keeptheedgestudios.com.

Composer and producer Ishaan Chhabra of Delhi, India, scored three Indian films: Omerta (2017), Budhia Singh (2016), and Children of War (2014). He was also a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Art Initiative 2016-2017.

Film composer Milo Coello of México City, México, scored the film Sobre tus Huellas. Coello also founded the string orchestra Strings México. Visit milocoello.com.

Drummer Bruno Esrubilsky of Brooklyn, NY, recorded with Grammy-winning producer Eduardo Cabra and Silvina Moreno ’11, and has performed on numerous TV shows. Visit brunodrums.com.

Class of 2011

Senior director of fan engagement at Warner Music Group, Itay Rahat of Los Angeles, CA, created a personalized concert alerts program that is allowing dozens of artists to programmatically send targeted tour date information to fans.

Class of 2011

Composer and bassist Neal Warner of Tucson, AZ, is a doctoral candidate in composition and theory at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music and accepted a fellowship and assistantship there. Visit nealwarnermusic.com.

Composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Zac Zinger of Woodside, NY, was the music supervisor, lead copyist, and bandleader for the 24 Hour Musicals with drummer Eric Kalver ’09 and guitarist Jon Ong. Visit zaczingermusic.com.

Britty (aka Brittany Kennell) of Nashville, TN, became the first Canadian to compete on The Voice. She is currently working on a pop project with James Farrell ’06. Visit brittymusic.com.

Singer/songwriter Danielle Deckard of Elizabeth Bay, Australia, released the single “Happy.” Visit danielledeckard.com.

Paul Dougherty of Elizabeth Bay, Australia, is the marketing manager of the classics and jazz department at Universal Music Australia. Visit pauldoughertymusic.com.

Pianist Andrew Lima of Oakland Park, FL, is the owner of Oakland Park Piano Studio and is completing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Visit oaklandparkpianostudio.com.

Emily Peckham-Elmen of Quincy, MA, is the head of the marijuana-infused product department at In Good Health in Brockton, MA.

Drummer Shane Shook of Snoqualmie, WA, has been performing at festivals, casinos, and clubs. He teaches more than 30 students weekly, including students with autism and Down syndrome. Visit quinnandthetogethercollective.com.

Orchestrator and arranger Julia Zuzanna Sokolowska of Sherman Oaks, CA, has orchestrated for the films Empire and The Book of Life, the video game League of Legends, and the TV series Revenge. Sokolowska founded the company Hollywood Arrangers. Visit hollywoodarrangers.com.

Vocalist Kadi Vija of Helsinki, Finland, recorded the album Ugly Beauty with pianist Lucas Dann and is completing her master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy. Visit kadivija.com.

Songwriter and producer Alexi von Guggenberg of Burke, VA, co-wrote and produced Ruelle’s “Game of Survival.” He has had song placements on the shows How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Black Ink Crew, and Killjoys. Visit facebook.com/guggmusic.

Class of 2012

Composer Marcus Thorne Bagala of Astoria, NY, co-scored the documentary Fathers of Football, with the indie rock band the Flaming Lips. Visit marcusbagala.com.

Guitarist, composer, and producer Ivan Chopik of Coral Springs, FL, released the album The Ordeal with his band Painted in Exile. Chopik is also the owner of Guitar Messenger. Visit guitarmessenger.com.

Songwriter and producer Kata Kozma of Budapest, Hungary, wrote the official song, “We Are the Water,” for the Fina World Championships. Visit katakozma.com.

Timothy Leonelli of Abington, MA, a brass instructor and pep band director for Boston College, presented his research on using just intonation, the overtone series, and tuning variables for wind instruments in orchestrations to the College Band Directors National Association.

Joao Martins of Brooklyn, NY, received a performance grant to compose and perform a series of pieces based on traditional Iberian and Brazilian music. Visit jtdmartins.com.

Composer and guitarist Carlos Montfort of Barcelona, Spain, has been touring with Catalan singer Silvia Pérez Cruz. His band Clementina released their first album, Darrere del vent. Visit carlosmontfort.com.

DJ and producer Siriu2 (aka Mikey Shanley), of Fort Walton Beach, FL, recently released a dance track “Lift Off” on beatport.com. Follow him on social media @siriu2music.

Film and video game composer Kevin Smithers of Sherman Oaks, CA, wrote the music for the animated feature film Monster Island. Visit kevinsmithers.com.

Anthony Viscounte of Warminster, PA, opened the Viscounte Academy of Music and coaches 60 songwriting students. Two of his students were winners in the 2017 Philadelphia Young Songwriters Project. Visit viscounteacademy.com.

Class of 2013

Lisa Occhino of Astoria, NY, is the director of marketing and communications at the online music school Soundfly. She is also the owner of SongwriterLink, a startup that matches songwriters for collaboration. Visit lisaocchino.com.

Mert Ozcan of Los Angeles, CA, is the founder and producer at The Record House, a company that makes records, composes music for visual media, and does sound design and mixing. Visit the-record-house.com.

Singer/songwriter Laura Rizzotto of New York City recently graduated from Columbia University with a master of music and music education degree. She also released the EP Ruby. Visit laurarizzotto.com.

Sam Ward of Los Angeles, CA, released the EP Lost and Found with his group Naughty Octopus. It’s available at major streaming services.

Singer/songwriter Faye Wellman and Matt Hogan of Los Angeles, CA, released Wellman’s debut electro-dreampop EP under the name, TVRQUOISE. Visit tvrquoise.com.

Film composer Alexander Arntzen of North Hollywood, CA, scored The CW web series Saving the Human Race. Arntzen’s song “Love Song” was a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. Visit alexanderarntzen.com.

Dean M. Davis of San Francisco, CA, is the director of Sofar Sounds in San Francisco, and manages 22 shows per month.

Film, television, and video game composer Daniel Jimenez of Woodland Hills, CA, was awarded the 2016 GANG Award (Game Audio Network Guild) for best cover/remix for “Fated Children.” His new album, NieR: Glory to Mankind, was released in September 2017. Visit rozen.audio.

Taiko drummer Isaku Kageyama of Gardena, CA, recorded drums for the orchestral album Video Games Live, and will perform in Galileo, an opera by Andy Akiho. Visit isakukageyama.com.

Haein Erin Lee of Seoul, South Korea, released the album El Camino in December. Visit facebook.com/erinization.

Class of 2014

Valentina Blú of Brooklyn, NY, received the Grand Prize and Lennon Award at the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song “Another Sky.” Visit valentinablu.com.

Songwriter Jesse Boere of Abu Dhabi, UAE, is an associate instructor of music for New York University’s portal campus in Abu Dhabi.

Music therapist Yoojin Jung of Gwangju, South Korea, works for the Gwangju National Museum, and created a children’s program called “Into the Relic.”

Audio engineer Levi Keller of Pittsburgh, PA, wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered his debut instrumental rock/metal album Mr. Kaplan’s Shanty. Visit levikeller.com.

Juan Luqui of Los Angeles, CA, played the ronroco in music by Gustavo Sanatolalla, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Visit juanluquimusic.com.

Guitarist and composer Omid Hejazi Martínez of Madrid, Spain, participated in the International Guitar Festival, and endorses Raimundo Guitars. Visit omidhm.com.

Drummer, producer, and songwriter Andrew Peebles is writing and living in Nashville, TN. Visit andrewpeebles.com.

Pablo San Martin of Brooklyn, NY, is the owner of Esoteric Sound Studio, and is endorsed by Focal speakers. Visit esotericsoundstudio.com.

Jerilyn Sawyer of Nashville, TN, is an artist manager at Sawyer & Garner Management. The firm represents Jamie O’Neal and Tanya Tucker. Visit sawyerandgarner.com.

Bassist and composer Daniel Toledo of Quito, Ecuador, released the album Atrium with the Daniel Toledo Trio and Pianohooligan (Piotr Orzechowski ’14). Visit dantbass.com.

Class of 2015

Guitarist and composer Ana Espinosa of México City, México, is playing and composing music with various Mexican artists. Visit anaespinosa.mx.

Rachel Frazier of Naperville, IL, is the lead singer, guitarist, writer, and arranger for the indie folk-rock band Skyline Semblance. The group recently released its second album, Spectrum. Visit skylinesemblance.com.

Composer and music editor Lena Glikson of Glendale, CA, joined the team of film composer Rolfe Kent and music editor Nick South. Recent projects include the films Tully, Magic Camp, and Downsizing. Visit lenaglikson.com.

Drummer Warren Grant of Maspeth, NY, appears on Albert Cummings’s new album Live at the ’62 Center, released in December.

Music producer and sound designer Maggie Hou of Toronto, Ontario, recently completed the film project WTF! Visit maggiehou.com.

Shannon Jacob of Brookline, MA, is the music director of Boston College’s Voices of Imani Gospel Choir.

Mayra Jiménez of Valencia, Spain, is managing Colombian artist Lili del Sol.

Drummer Anthony Medaglia of Townsend, MA, is the co-owner of Sonic Titan Studios. He has recently toured with the bands Graviton and DMP. Visit sonictitanstudios.com.

Guitarist Jakob Reinhardt of Brooklyn, NY, released his first instrumental album Songs from Coastal Cities. He has toured with Broadway shows A Night with Janis Joplin and Fun Home. Visit jakob-reinhardt.com.

Composer Kelsey Joanna Rogers of Ballito, South Africa, earned a master’s degree in scoring for film, television, and video games at Berklee Valencia and founded the music production company Tune Roads. Visit tuneroads.com.

Alper Tuzcu of Brookline, MA, released the EP Lines in November through Palma Records and began a European tour in November 2017.

Composer Max Wolpert of Boulder, CO, released his viola concerto Giants on the Naxos label. Visit maxwolpertmusic.com.

Chris Bloniarz of Somerville, MA, is touring with his band Honeysuckle, which includes Holly McGarry ’15 and Benjamin Burns ’15. Visit honeysuckleband.com.

Class of 2016

Gustavo Hernandez of Boston, MA, formerly served as the music program coordinator of the Fedujazz Foundation in the Dominican Republic.

Jazz pianist and composer Kangri Kim of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, recorded the EP Keep the Beauty of Time Flow with drummer Beomyul Yu ’08 and bassist Jonnghyuk Kim. It is available on iTunes.

Filipe Antunes of Beverly, MA, is a sound design intern at Skywalker Sound and does freelance work on indie films and animations. Visit fapostsound.com.

Drummer and producer Mike Benj of Boston, MA, has joined the team at World Ventures and is also working on the Apple Challenge Campaign. Follow Mike on Instagram @mikebenjmusic.

Class of 2016

Singer/songwriter Haley Chic of Arlington, MA, released the EP 18 Degrees and has performed throughout New England. She recently completed two internships in Nashville. Visit haleychicmusic.com.

Guitarist, producer, and engineer Hector Raul Torres of Houston, TX, released the EP Volando with his pop/rock group Resurrección.

Flutist and composer Hanna Kim and drummer Joseph Seo of Boston MA, lead the H&J Quintet. The group released the jazz album Reminisce in December 2017.

Jon S. Kim is a freelance audio engineer, producer, and writer in Seoul, South Korea. Kim has worked with JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, Jay Park, Crush, Heize, DBSK, G Soul, and Jinbo. Visit jonskim.com.

Zack Kressaty of Brookline, MA, is the associate booking agent and domestic contract manager at The Kurland Agency.

Corliss Lee is a global operations associate for Syn K.K. in Tokyo, Japan.

Drummer Raphael Lehnen of Boston, MA, recorded the album Chautauqua, which is available through iTunes and Spotify. Visit raphaellehnen.com.

Film composer Carlos Virgilio Mendoza of Colima, México, scored the short film El Ocaso de Juan, winner of the 2017 Ariel award. Visit carlosvirgiliomendoza.com.

Pianist Ece Muniroglu of Toluca Lake, CA, is composing the music for the thriller movie Bed Rest with Turkish composer Emir Isilay ’02. Visit ecemun.com.

Drummer Misaki Nakamichi left New York City to relaunch her career in Tokyo, Japan. Visit misaki-beat.info.

Saxophonist Leandro Perpiñán of Seville, Spain, released his second album, Por Allí Viene Costi, featuring Juan Galiardo ’07, José Lopez, Jo Krause, and Arturo Serra, and is the jazz saxophone instructor at Seville’s Conservatorio Superior. Visit leandroperpinan.com

Livia Piomelli of Sherman Oaks, CA, is the A&R manager at Arthouse Entertainment, home of artists Jon Bellion and Kara Dioguardi.

Composer Enrique Ponce of El Paso, TX, composed the music for the video game Rubek, available on iOS and Android. Ponce was a semi-finalist in the Best Original Score category for the animated short film Twilight Prophecy at the LA CineFest Film Festival. Visit enriqueponcemusic.com.

Santiago Böhmer of New York City works for Splice in product development and support and is finishing his master’s degree in audio technology at New York University.

Felipe Téllez of Toronto, Canada, is completing a doctoral program in composition at the University of Toronto. Visit felipetellez.com.

Bassist Christopher Bolte of Bueckeburg, Germany, operates Timbre Recording Studios and is writing a book on the new DAW SoundBridge. Visit christopherbolte.com.

Kyle Tesalona of Port Saint Lucie, FL, was last year’s filmmaker-in-residence at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Visit kyletesalona.com.

Class of 2017

Catherine McDonald of Santa Fe, NM, played violin with the show Luminosity at Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, OH, in the summer of 2017.

John Varkados of Stoneham, MA, is the executive producer, co-writer, and co-composer for the feature film Wonderful, a movie about Boston in the 1950s. It was produced by GFD Productions.

Class of 2017

Kimberlea Kristy of Los Angeles, CA, is doing an internship at The Grammy Museum and the Recording Academy.

Trumpeter Andrew McAnsh of Kingston, Jamaica, is the chair of brass at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston.

Selina Meuross of Breakfast Point, Australia, is the sync and marketing assistant at Universal Music Publishing Group Australia.

Sakura Tsuruta of Tokyo, Japan, is the local brand manager at Ableton.

Noah Whiteside of Boston, MA, and his band Cook Bag released their second recording, EP II. Visit cookbagmusic.com.