Jeriel Johnson

Jeriel Johnson of Van Nuys, CA, was named a project manager for urban music in the Awards Department of the Recording Academy. 

Steven Shewbrooks

Steven Shewbrooks

Composer Steven Shewbrooks of Brooklyn, NY, launched the music production company Shew Creative. His music has been licensed for television, in-store radio, fitness programs, videos, trailers, games, and more. Visit Caption: Steven Shewbrooks ’04

Mike McAdam

Mike McAdam of Merrimack, NH, released the book The Private Guitar Studio Handbook on Berklee Press. 

Dave Madden

Dave Madden of Austin, TX, won in the best arranger category at the Austin Music Industry Awards. Visit

Shinya Ikuta

Shinya Ikuta of Hamamatsu, Japan, organized the 2014 Hamamatsu World Music Festival 2014. His group, the Hamamatsu Big Band Project, was featured. 

Melinda Colaizzi

Melinda Colaizzi of Pittsburgh, PA, released the album Witness, featuring Kristian Habenicht ’05. The song “Trouble” from the album was a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Contest. Visit

Nathan Cohen

Nathan Cohen of Oakhurst, NJ, received the Governor’s Teacher Award, Teacher of the Year and an Honors award from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. He teaches at Grace A. Dunn Middle School in Trenton, NJ. 

Briana Cash

Briana Cash

Briana Cash of Ipswich, MA, had her song “All Around Me, It’s Christmas” nominated for a 2014 American Songwriting Award. Another song, “Take a Walk with Me,” was a winner in the Sony MVR Original Song Series contest. Cash has released two EPs. Visit

Shantell Ogden

Singer/songwriter Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, was nominated by the International Music and Entertainment Association in the Best Americana Artist and Best Americana Album categories. 

James Murphy

James Murphy of Danvers, MA, launched the drum lesson website