Editor’s note: Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee graduates are designated by degrees (B.M., B.F.A., B.P.S., M.M., M.A., M.B.A., M.F.A.) after their names.
Class of 1968
Charles L. Estridge of Lancaster, SC, was a member of the U.S. Air Force’s Strolling Strings from 1968–1972.
Class of 1971
Gabriel Heiser opened Estudio San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It features a 400-square-foot tracking room with a 21-foot ceiling, as well as a separate mixing room. Visit estudiosanmiguel.com.
Class of 1972
David Boatwright of Shelburne Falls, MA, opened the Charlemont Reggae Festival in Charlemont, MA, with the Rhythm Makers. The event highlight was the Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble, led by Matt Jenson. Visit equalites.com.
Class of 1973
Pianist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Sternberg of Tallahassee, FL, released his seventh album, Hidden Jewels, which features all original compositions. In 2002, he won the Best New Florida Song Contest with “Apalachicola Blues.” He teaches music lessons and tours Florida performing at retirement homes and rehab centers.
Class of 1974
Doug Alexander of Hoboken, NJ, is running a startup that creates, develops, and expands food and beverage concepts, such as Lobster GoGo, a new, upscale lobster roll restaurant in Manhattan’s Seaport District. He ran the Tavern on the Green and has consulted on the Hotel on Rivington, WeWork NYC, Beautique NYC, and Southampton.
Class of 1975
Jerry Velona of Arlington, MA, released his fifth album, About Funk in Time, which features covers of classic funk, soul, and R&B tunes as well as original compositions. Two of the tracks have charted on college radio. Velona is currently gigging in the Boston area to support the record. Visit jerryvelona.com.
Composer Bill McCormick of Stamford, CT, released his new album, Blues Talkin’: Suite for Solo Guitar (Modern), performed by guitar virtuoso Craig Wagner. McCormick runs his own publishing company, mPub Corporation, based in Stamford. Visit mpubmusic.com.
Class of 1976
Fostina Dixon of Bear, DE, penned the song “Prayer of Jabez” on her recent gospel album, Here We Go Again, to honor Marvin Gaye, with whom she toured for four years. Dixon has worked with Gil Evans, Abbey Lincoln, Melba Liston, and Tom Browne, and fronts her band, Fostina Dixon and Winds of Change. Visit fostinadixon.com.
Class of 1977
Glenn Franke of Maplewood, NJ, is in his seventh year of performing every other Monday night in West Orange, NJ, with his big band featuring Tim Horner ’79 on drums. Claudio Roditi ’70 is also a frequent guest performer. Visit musictax.com.
Class of 1978
Trombonist Oddur Björnsson of Reykjavík, Iceland, is a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Visit sinfonia.is.
Randy Sabien of St. Paul, MN, founder of Berklee’s String Department, teaches internationally and co-authored the Jazz Philharmonic series, a teaching method for alternative strings. Sabien started a string department at the now-closed McNally Smith College of Music and performed with his Jazz-Blues Sextet as well as Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, the Symphonic Pops, and Fairbanks Symphony. Visit randysabien.com.
Drummer Scott A. Kohler B.M. ‘78 of Branson, MO, released the original album Unfinished Business with his band Ashby Ostermann Alliance.
Composer and guitarist Jon Catler of Randolph, MA, released 13 O’Clock Blues Band’s Devil’s Dance, which received four stars in DownBeat, and Ultra Minor with Ra Kalam Bob Moses. The New York Times called Catler’s performances with La Monte Young one of the best classical music performances of 2017. Visit microtones.com.
Buddy Aquilina of Mississauga, Canada, released his fourth album, The Taylor Project, a collaboration with quintet the Jazz Conspiracy, which was originally the Boston Jazz Conspiracy, a 17-piece big band started in 1975. The album features retired faculty member Ken Taft on guitar.
Class of 1979
Saxophonist and clarinetist Gregg Gelb of Sanford, NC, received the 2018 Raleigh Medal of Arts. He is founder and director of Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra/Society and director of the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, which has made it to the finals of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition for the past three years. Visit gregggelb.com.
Class of 1980
Kouros Shahmiri B.M. of Westlake Village, CA, released the single “Vaay Dele Man.” Shahmiri, who performs under the name Kouros, has been a successful artist since releasing Balla, a best-selling Iranian pop album.
Class of 1981
Stephen Bracciotti B.M.of York, ME, launched the website themeatics.com, which offers music licensing, theme compositions, and musicians for hire. Bracciotti also teaches guitar, ukulele, electric bass, and vocal development, and works as a performing solo guitarist.
Keyboardist Karl Mansfield B.M. of Maplewood, NJ, is the music director for, and a performer in, David Byrne’s American Utopia world tour.
Class of 1982
Benjamin Smeall B.M. of North Hollywood, CA, performs in Duo Los Golondrinos with his son Arthur Smeall B.M.’16 under the artist names Benjamín Dos Agilas and Arturito Cimolefski. The multi-instrumentalist duo incorporates jazz rap and folk styles into its predominantly Latin music sound. Visit Benjamín Dos Agilas on YouTube.
Over his career, guitarist Tim Donahue B.M. of Mishima, Japan, has produced commercials and documentary music, and released a movie soundtrack with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He also designed the Tim Donahue Harp Guitar and fretless guitar brands, and holds patents for numerous guitar innovations. Visit timdonahue.com.
Jeanne Nooney B.M. of Stevensville, MD, was recognized by the Women’s International Music Network for her work as public relations manager and events and sponsorship coordinator at Maryland guitar manufacturer PRS Guitars. Nooney represented PRS at GuitCon in Germany.
Class of 1984
Alto saxophonist and clarinetist Ray DiVirgilio B.M. of Newark, DE, is teaching instrumental and general music at St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington, DE. He also performs in Wilmington and Philadelphia with his band Chill Factor, which plays ’50s- and ’60s-era instrumental soul and R&B.
Bassist Bill O’Neal B.M. of Florence, AZ, is touring with the legendary Motown group the Miracles. He is also working on an album for the electronic music composer Robert Babicz.
Class of 1985
Suzanne Dean of Brookline, MA, created the nonprofit organization Artists for Wildlife Conservation, which works to save vulnerable and endangered species. It urges artists and dedicated supporters to use art to take an active role in the cause. Visit suzannedean.me, afwildc.org.
Paul Godwin B.M. and Miguel Noya ’81 have created an original performance called I Am the Size of What I See for the town of évora, Portugal. The work was performed on October 6 and honors Portugal’s soldiers of World War I on the 100th anniversary of their service. Visit godwinoya.com.
Class of 1986
Guitarist Kevin Kastning of Groton, MA, released his 33rd album for Greydisc Records, and his fifth solo album, 30/36. He is the inventor of the 36-string double contraguitar and the 30-string contra alto guitar, which are both featured on the album. Visit kevinkastning.com.
John Mailloux B.M. of Westport, MA, owns Bongo Beach Productions, a music production and recording studio. Mailloux has received two Grammy nominations as a mastering engineer, as well as a gold record, for the production of the 1997 Dispatch song "Bang Bang.” Visit bongobeachproductions.com.
Class of 1987
Linda Lorence Critelli B.M. of Bergenfield, NJ, was elected president of the New York chapter of the Recording Academy, which bestows the Grammy Awards, in June.
Class of 1988
Flutist Gina (Jeana) Seraichyk B.M. of Jamestown, RI, plays on the soundtrack of the PBS documentary America’s Forgotten Heroine, Ida Lewis: Keeper of the Light.
Drummer and composer Izzy Kieffer of Brooklyn, NY, released the album Uncork the Bottle, featuring modern jazz arrangements, originals, and covers. The album can be purchased on CD Baby. Visit kiefferorchestra.com.
Guitarist Steve Herberman B.M. of Chevy Chase, MD, released A Little Closer with vocalist Lena Seikaly. The album features his original composition "What We Do," which won first place in the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition’s jazz category. Visit steveherberman.com.
Class of 1989
Doug Hammer B.M. of Lynn, MA, released his 12th album, Celtique, a new-age piano album about the life of a fisherman. It debuted at No. 4 on the Amazon new-age charts. Visit doughammer.net.
Class of 1990
David Cowan B.M. of Torrance, CA, recorded with trombonist Phil Ranelin for his upcoming album, as well as several songs with skater-rock band Sean and the Sinners, including its single “Not Gonna Fall in Love.” Cowan also played a concert with Filipino stars Ariel Rivera and Dessa Salazar. Visit youngprofessordrums.com.
Class of 1991
Adonis Aletras B.M. of Aglantzia, Cyprus, published the book So, You Want to Become a Media Composer? on Amazon. His music is featured on HBO’s Vice and Netflix’s Pacific Heat.He has also scored the feature film Sunrise in Kimmeria.Visit adonisaletras.com.
Class of 1992
Steven Bergman of Weymouth, MA, released his latest recording of the score to his show Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Musical.The album is available on digital media. Visit everydayaholiday.net.
Wendy Cohen Elliott of Dallas, TX, married Leo Elliott, owner of ScarletFire Guitars and a professional luthier. She has found her true calling, not just as a professional musician but as a lover of live-music experiences and of finding the root of different bands’ evolution.
Michael J. Puwal of Nashville, TN, is coproducing and writing songs for a new Wyclef Jean record. Puwal wrote and produced songs for Insane Clown Posse’s album Fearless Fred Fury.
Class of 1993
Dan Bosshardt B.M. of Hillsboro, OR, continues to enjoy leading a student mariachi band, Hillsboro School District Mariachi Una Voz. His students promote cultural understanding, community unity, and music education. The band attended the third Mariachi STEAM Summer Camp. Visit facebook.com/hsdmariachiunavoz.
David Marks B.M. of Bayside, NY, released the EP From the Lights, which contains five self-produced and self-performed pop/alternative rock tunes. Marks leads and works with many nonprofit organizations to achieve his mission to bring light into the world through music and helping others. Visit davidmarksmusic.com.
Class of 1994
Singer Lisa Donahey of Van Nuys, CA, released her album Christmas in Our Soul. This is Donahey's third album with producer and arranger Chris Gestrin ’95. Together they've produced the albums She's Got It Covered and Takes on Broadway. Visit lisadonahey.com.
Class of 1995
Guitarist Anna Freitas B.M. of Holliston, MA, is a self-employed private instructor, an instructor for the Franklin Public Schools, and a professional musician.
Matthew Howe B.M. of Palm Desert, CA, is the director of instrumental music at the Cathedral City High School in Cathedral City, CA, and an adjunct professor at College of the Desert. He is slated to conduct at the New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. Visit cchsbands.org.
Pianist and composer Paulo Tozzi of São Paulo, Brazil, was a finalist in the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition’s instrumental category.
Dave Pelman B.M. of Los Angeles wrote an original score and songs for another season of Clash-A-Rama, a series based on Clash of Clans and Clash Royale characters. Clash of Clans has been among the top 10 mobile game downloads since 2010.
Class of 1998
Gerard Salonga of Parañaque City, Philippines, is the resident conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also direct the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Salonga worked for two seasons as the assistant conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Visit mpo.com.my.
Class of 1999
Pianist Peter John Stoltzman B.M. of Denver, CO, released a new album, with Brazilian guitarist Gabriel Santiago. Stoltzman also toured Colorado and recorded with his New Standards Project, featuring Allison Miller and Natalie Cressman. The group released a new CD this winter. Visit peterjohnstoltzman.com.
Richard Furch B.M. of Los Angeles mixed India Arie’s single “What If” and half of her album Worthy. The Prince album on which he worked, Anthology: 1995–2010, was also re-released. Furch continues mixing for artists such as G.E.M., Leehom Wang ’99, and others. Visit www.richardfurch.com.
Class of 2000
Jason Solowsky B.M. of Houston, TX, composed the score for the film Between Worlds, starring Nicolas Cage. Visit jasonsolowsky.com.
Class of 2002
John Brown B.M. of Los Angeles joined John Mayer’s management team while on tour with Mayer and Dead & Company. Visit musicsumo.com.
Vibist and composer Mari Yamashita of Suzuka, Japan, released TayuTou, her sixth album of original compositions on her Erato Music label. It features Hiroshi Fukutomi ’06, Ryo Noritake B.M. ’08, and Ayako Tsuchiya B.M. ’10. Visit mariyamashita.com.
Class of 2003
Bosé Ajaka (Omobosede "Mary" Ajaka) B.M. of Atlanta, GA, released the single "AFRO Woman," available on digital platforms. Additionally, she teaches chorus, songwriting, and musical theater to high schoolers. Ajaka has been a vocal coach for 17 years, working with artists such as Natalie Cole, Sheila Ray Charles, and others.
Class of 2004
Ryan Van-Fleet B.M. of Delray Beach, FL, is helping build systems that streamline artist payments from online streaming providers, and a publishing system that facilitates label/publisher communications concerning publishing rights.
Justin Nihiser B.M. of Atlanta, GA, completed his first School of Rock master franchisee training sessions in São Paulo, Brazil. The School of Rock is expanding its network across South America, with new schools opening in Brazil, Chile, and Peru.
Dan Ran of Asheville, NC, started a podcast after working in audio technology products with companies such as Alesis, JBL, and Sennheiser. Podcraft, which first aired in January 2018, focuses on giving listeners advice on creating and producing great podcasts. Visit podcraft.com.
Class of 2005
Adam Dutch Durham of Crisfield, MD, worked on mashups that hit the top 20 on Club Killers, a global club music chart. An original composition hit No. 13 on Beatport, an online music store, and qualified for the semifinals in Kesha’s Weird and Wonderful Rainbow Ride. His mashup video of Céline Dion and Linkin Park went viral in 2018. Visit adamdutch.com.
Jin Soo Kim B.M. of Anyang, South Korea, worked on the film Happy Together (Haepi Tugedeo) in South Korea as a music composer and director.
Natalie Fernandez of Palmdale, CA, is the director of membership at the L.A. chapter of the VR/AR Association, the business relations manager at West Coast for Endless Riff, and the business relations manager for Zero System Immersive Music. Visit nataliefernandez.com.
Class of 2006
Guitarist and vocalist Michael Kohl is a member of the quartet Extra Lives with Tim Lillis B.M. ‘09. The group releases weekly live performances of classic video-game themes from the ’80s and ’90s, and performed at MAGWest. Visit extralivesmusic.com, michaelkohl.com.
Jetro Da Silva of Houghton, NY, became the director of music industry and technical arts at Houghton College. Silva was assistant chair of Berklee’s Piano Department and has worked with many top recording artists. He still works as a professional composer, designer, engineer, and producer for several television shows.
Kevin Casini B.M. of New Haven, CT, is adjunct faculty of entertainment law at Quinnipiac University School of Law and moderated a panel regarding the future of podcasting and music licensing for the Music Business Association’s Entertainment & Technology Law Conference. Visit casinilaw.com.
Guitarist Tim Salter B.M. of Alvin, TX, along with drummer Eric Hahn ‘79 and bassist/vocalist Vernon Heard, make up the band Chicken and Waffles, which has played nearly every Sunday since 2015 at Hearsay Gastro Bistro in Houston.
Class of 2007
Marcia Wytrwal B.M. ’89 M.M. ’07 of Centerville, MA, was the music director for She Loves Me at Barnstable High School. She also managed the Cape and Islands High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble with conductor Sharon Broadley-Martin ’87 and pianist Misao Koyama ’10.
Melody Ewing B.M. of New York City was named the director of A&R administration for Verve Label Group at Universal Music Group. Ewing joined Verve and Universal following her 10-year career at Sony Music Entertainment.
Class of 2008
Percussionist Zachary Nazar B.M. of Mission Hills, CA, and his Afrobeat/funk group, NOVALA, opened for the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra in Phoenix and Tucson. The band also released the new single “Myth." Visit novalamusic.bandcamp.com.
Guitarist Alfonso Adan Lama of New York City released his first original jazz album, New Morning. He also released a soundtrack for the play The Double Life of Things. Visit alfonsoadan.com.
Alfonso (Poncho) Domene B.M. of Monterrey, Mexico, is the CEO of ZAPAL, a festival of music, culture, gastronomy, and technology. ZAPAL is considered one of the top festivals in Mexico. Visit zapal.mx.
Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. B.M. of Amesbury, MA, created 21st Century Classical Music, a Facebook group dedicated to fostering discourse and collaborations among classical musicians. The group has more than 3,000 members. Visit facebook.com/groups/21stCCMG.
Katie (Katelyn) Arnold B.M. of Kentwood, MI, is a transaction and marketing coordinator for May Group Realtors.
Class of 2009
Joshua W. Turner of Tacoma, WA, released his debut EP, BE OK, which he wrote, recorded, and produced. He is also writing songs for TV, film, and commercials, and launched an online vocal training program called the Simply Singing Course. Visit soundcloud.com/thejwt.
Guitarist Justin Tolan B.M. of Atlanta, GA, along with his five-piece band, Crispin Wah, released his second LP, Lemon Pepper. The album is available on major streaming platforms and the music video for the song “Splat” is on YouTube. Visit crispinwahmusic.com; monochromesweatsuit.com.
Tidtaya Sinutoke B.M. of Rego Park, NY, wrote the music for Half the Sky, a new musical that received a commission as part of the 5th Avenue Theatre’s inaugural First Draft: Raise Your Voice Story Summit.
Mike Green of East Haven, CT, is planning to release his debut album, Mike Green, this year. His music has appeared in film and television shows, and he’s performed in more than 30 countries with the Phly Boyz. Visit mikegreenmusic.com.
Liz Lamour Croteau B.M. of Fitchburg, MA, joined the Cambridge office of Acentech, which specializes in acoustics, audiovisual, IT infrastructure, and security design. Croteau will help design higher education, performing arts, corporate interiors, and sports arena projects. She also continues to teach music acoustics at Berklee.
Erin Murray Quinlan B.M. of Jersey City, NJ, published the Off-Broadway musical God Save Queen Pam.The show is available for licensing at StageRights.com and for purchase on Amazon. Visit erinmurrayquinlan.com.
Class of 2010
Keyboardist Neara (Aurora) Russell B.M. of Los Angeles produced and cowrote the song “100%” with Jennifer Hirsch B.M. ’08. It was used in the trailer for the film Traffik.She also toured as a bandleader and performer for Hayley Kiyoko and is a spotlight artist for Dave Smith Instruments. Visit neararussell.com.
Class of 2011
Vocalist Danielle Deckard B.M. of Elizabeth Bay, Australia, released her first full-length album, Happy. The rock-infused record was inspired by the production techniques of the early ‘80s. Visit danielledeckard.com.
Miki (Michaela) Kaser of London, England, released her first independent album, Wavy, which was recorded and mixed at the Village Studios. Kaser’s project Nomad Diaries is scheduled to be released in the spring. Visit mikirosemusic.com.
Guitarist Davide Tammaro of Astoria, NY, has been touring extensively with the indie rock band Animal Years, opening some shows for Blues Traveler. He also wrote orchestral tracks for the Velvet Green Music library and finished his first string quartet arrangement. Visit davidetammaro.com.
Class of 2012
Luiz Fernando Costa e Silva (Nando Costa) B.M. of Juiz de Fora, Brazil, coproduced, recorded, mixed, and mastered the gold- and platinum-certified album Emmerson Nogueira. He recorded and engineered for Stanley Jordan and mixed and mastered Rouge’s album Rouge Sessions: De Portas Abertas.Visit nandocostamusic.com.
Nikhil Hogan B.M. of Singapore started a music interview podcast, the Nikhil Hogan Show, which has featured guests such as Larry Klein, Raul Midon, Elliot Goldenthal, Peter Erskine, Larry Hochman, and many more. Visit nikhilhogan.com.
Class of 2013
Oscar Senen of Vinaros, Spain, orchestrated Hans Zimmer’s Inferno and Kung Fu Panda 3, and Lorne Balfe’s Terminator Genisys and Penguins of Madagascar.
Lindsay Kay B.M. of Los Angeles released her debut album, For the Feminine, with her band, the Feminine. Every role in the album’s creation and production was filled by a woman. Visit lindsaykaymusic.com.
Pianist Brittany Leonard of Somerville, MA, is working on her master’s degree in music therapy at Lesley University and is the public relations chair of NER-AMTAS. She also interns at the Franciscan Hospital for Children and is performing and releasing new music with her band, Seraphina James. Visit seraphinajames.com.
Class of 2014
Joseph Miterko B.M. of Brighton, MA, teaches at the Yamaha Music School in Lexington, and Park Street School in Boston. Miterko also assists with music direction at Congregation Ruach Israel in Needham.
Saxophonist Magnus Bakken B.M. of Oslo, Norway, and his band, Ninjabeat, released their second album, West, featuring original compositions. Bakken also works with Norwegian Idol, the Norwegian edition of Dancing with the Stars, and several other TV shows. Visit magnusbakken.com; ninjabeat.net.
Warren Grant of Maspeth, NY, recorded and performed on Albert Cummings’s album Live at the ’62 Center, which is nominated by the Blues Foundation for best blues-rock album of the year.
Class of 2015
Louis Apollon of Brooklyn, NY, is on his More Love tour to support his album Free to Be. He was nominated for Male Performer of the Year by the 2018 New England Music Awards.
Singer-songwriter Allie Armstrong of Los Angeles is partnering with Mason Jar Music for the recording and release of her EP and is currently crowdfunding for the project. Visit alliearmstrongmusic.com.
Alper Tuzcu B.M. of Brookline, MA, released his second album, AURORA, by Palma Records. It is marked by jazz guitar textures, electronic music, and Mediterranean melodies, and features student Micaella Cattani, Danielle Angeloni B.M. ’15, Srishti Biyani (LASYA) ’18, and Kat Kennedy B.M. ’16. Visit alpertuzcu.com.
Belén Vivero M.M. of South Pasadena, CA, wrote the song “Lágrimas de Abril" for those affected by the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador. The song won first place in the Ecuadorian national songwriting competition Concurso Jóvenes del Pasillo. Visit belenvivero.com.
Dana Graham Phelps B.M. of Vancouver, Canada, plans to release his new album, Bach in Socket.Visit scicomusic.com.
Mason Lieberman B.M. of Medford, MA, won a Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) remix award for best jazz track of 2018. Visit masonlieberman.com.
James Labrosse B.M. of Brooklyn, NY, released his debut jazz album, Orange Night, a blend of flamenco, electronic, R&B, and other world music styles. It is available on streaming services and online music stores. Visit jameslabrosse.com.
Class of 2016
Kyle Tesalona M.M. of Orlando, FL, composed an original soundtrack for Liminal along with indie game developer Suspicious Box. Liminal is now available on Steam Early Access. Visit kyletesalona.com, playliminal.com/steam.
David Buckle B.M. of Brielle, NJ, is a Grammy-nominated music educator with the Old Bridge Township Public School District. He works as a middle school director of bands and orchestra, district-wide jazz director, brass technician, and the initiator of the middle school indoor percussion program.
Justin Sheriff B.M. of Portsmouth, NH, mixed, mastered, and provided sound effects to the introduction video for the 2018 Billboard Women in Music Awards. Sheriff recorded the rapper DMX, and he works at Cybersound as an audio engineer. Visit peoplelikeyouband.com.
Sahana Simha B.M. of Los Angeles became a full-time employee at Universal Music Group. Simha performed in a concert of UMG employees and is now collaborating with a fellow employee and former Berklee classmates to release new music.
Class of 2017
Tim Liao B.M. of Tokyo, Japan, works on music production projects for TV and web commercials in Japan, United States, China, and the Philippines at Syn Tokyo. He has also engineered recording sessions for ADR, sound logos, and vocal recordings for Hollywood films and TV series. Visit timliaomusic.com.
Class of 2017
Jireh Calo B.M. of Boston, MA, released his second EP, Solid Ground, in 2017. The EP is a collection of songs born from his learning experiences in staying true to his heart. Visit jirehcalomusic.com.
Morgan Weidinger B.M. of New York City released her first album, Fairchild. She performs throughout the New York City area, including in a weekly show in the East Village. Visit morganwmusic.com.
Leah Weigel B.M. of San Diego, CA, completed her music therapy internship at MusicWorx and started a job with Coast Music Therapy, where she will work with students on the autism spectrum. She is also working on her second self-published poetry picture book.
Matt Scutchfield B.M. of Plymouth, IN, spent last summer in Ukraine, teaching English as a volunteer at orphanages and a school. While in Kiev, he premiered John Cage’s “One6” for solo violin at Kora Art Cube.
Vocalist Ines Gindraux B.M. of Playa Del Rey, CA, scored The Axium Effect, a sci-fi drama web series. She released her debut single “Even If,” which was celebrated with a show at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Visit anahide.net.
Steve Knecht B.M. of Brookline, MA, formed the post-pop/punk band the Burning Lights, whose latest single, “The Stars Are Falling,” is available on digital platforms. The band opened for the Dirty Nil at the Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge, MA. Visit theburninglights.com; steveknecht.com.
Ana Ortiz Wienken B.M. of Los Angeles works with film and record labels such as Warner, Team Disney, Glenwood, Output Audio, and DDV Entertainment, creating film scores, recording artists, and mixing and mastering songs. Visit aortizwienken.com.
Evan Wierzbicki B.M. of Chicago, IL, moved to Nashville and joined the Mustang Sally Band. When the band isn’t on tour it holds court at the Beer Barrel Saloon in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, in the summer. It also plays country music festivals in Switzerland.
Sharifa Headley B.M. of Miami, FL, is pursuing an entrepreneurial endeavor, teaching children how to use music technology. Previously, she worked at Dream Asylum Studios and was an instructor for the nationally recognized program Girls Make Beats.
David Arregui B.M. of Los Angeles had a song he wrote performed and produced at Berklee hit No. 4 on the Ecuadorian charts. He is now producing and songwriting, in addition to releasing new music every month.
Class of 2018
Juan C. Cardenas B.M. of Astoria, NY, is a copyright coordinator at Sony Music Entertainment. Visit linkedin.com/in/jccardenas22.
Kate Rancka of Glendale, CA, left a position with Scooter Braun to become a talent manager at Bohemia Group. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guitarist Matt Wong B.M. of Princeton Junction, NJ, is currently playing on the first North American tour of the Broadway show Come from Away. Visit www.mattwongguitar.com.