Joe DeRose

Drummer Joe DeRose of San Jose, CA, and his group Joe DeRose and Amici just released their debut album, Sounds for the Soul. Visit

Shakti Thara

Vocalist Shakti Thara of New York City recently released her debut album, Feminenergy. She has been touring Europe promoting her album, interviewing, and making appearances at music-industry events. Visit

Mehmet Ali Sanilkol

Musical director Mehmet Ali Sanlikol of Boston released the double CD A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul. The album has been placed on the Grammy ballot and features Engin Günaydin '08, Cem Mutlu '94, Ekin Cengizkan '11, Bertram Lehman '95, Jorge Perez-Albela '97,Sam Dechenne '07, Noam Sender '91, and Cagri Erdem '11.

Qantara Berklee: Openings for violins, flute, sax, percussion

Qantara Berklee Ensemble, directed by Simon Shaheen, has an opening for three violinists, one flute, one sax, and one percussion for this up-coming Fall 14. 

Sean-David McGoran

Sean-David McGoran of Fort Smith, AR, completed a master of divinity degree studies at Liberty University. McGoran is in the process of writing a book on meditation for musicians. Visit

Ryan Shore

Composer Ryan Shore of Burbank, CA, composed music featuring woodwinds, piano, percussion, and strings for the play On Golden Pond starring Tony Award winner Hal Linden. Visit

Tom Griesgraber

Guitarist Tom Griesgraber of Encinitas, CA, released Sketchbook, a solo CD of original compositions and unique takes on well-known pieces that goes from instrumental rock to jazz and classical music.

Sander Wolf

Sander Wolf of Plano, TX, founded and organized the Chocolate Conference 2011. The event drew nationally recognized chocolatiers and chocolate makers for an educational conference celebrating the world's favorite candy.

Jim Oblon


Multi-instrumentalist Jim Oblon of Wallingford, CT, and his band Thin Veil have released the album One.


"Metal" Mike Chlasciak

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak of Wayne, NJ, recently wrapped up the Metal Week Summer Camp at the School of Rock in Chatham, NJ. Chlasciak is also working on a solo album entitled The Metalworker and writes the monthly "Metal for Life" column for Guitar World magazine.