Aryn Calhoun

Songwriter Aryn Calhoun of Coppell, TX, released an album of original, indie-pop songs entitled Last One Standing in the beginning of October under her stage name Aryn Michelle. More than 400 international fans enabled Calhoun to raise $50,000 to produce the record via investments through the crowd-funding website SellaBand.

Andrew Simon McAllister


Composer Andrew Simon McAllister of Belfast, Northern Ireland, scored the BBC One primetime series Planet of the Apemen: Battle for Earth. The program was broadcasted on BBC iPlayer and will also be broadcasted on the Discovery Channel.


Joe Matzzie

Composer and arranger Joe Matzzie of Los Angeles, CA, finished production on the new album Christmas at the Renaissance Fair by Moat Jumper. The album also features trombonist Paul Nowell '07. The album was released October 18.

Livia Lin

Composer Livia Lin of Brighton, MA, is a recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation 2011 Emerging Artists Program award. Among roughly 150 candidates, approximately 15 are selected annually for individual awards of $2,500. Visit

Jake Hetzog


Guitarist Jake Hertzog of Brooklyn, NY, released Evolution on Buckyball Music. The CD release party was held at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.


Veronica Hernandez


Singer and songwriter Verónica Hernandez, from South Dennis, MA, performs as Veronica Isabel. She recently released her first album No More Victoria. Visit

Chris Vasquez


Guitarist Chris Vazquez of Los Angeles, CA, recently became the guitarist for Kylee, a Japanese pop star on the Sony Japan label. Vazquez also began working with Grammy-nominated artist N'dambi, and his rock band Los Einstein was offered a record deal.


Will Snyder

Guitarist Will Snyder of Lake Grove, NY, and Casselberry, FL, and his band One31 won Orlando's Next Big Thing competition in July 23. The band released their self-titled album this summer and Snyder and produced the group's YouTube video. Visit

Adam Shenk

Songwriter Adam Shenk of New York City recently had his song "Warning Shot" featured on MTV's Real World: Las Vegas. Shenk has also received several instrumental placements on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Visit

Ana Lisa Portillo

Ana Lisa Portillo of Boston codirects and performs on vihuela and vocals with Mariachi Palenque, which was awarded Boston's Best Mariachi 2011 award by El Planeta, the largest Spanish-language publication in Massachusetts. Previously, Portillo performed with La Tuza, a 2010 nominee for Boston's Best World Music.