Aruán Ortiz

Aruán Ortiz of Reus, Spain, released the album Banned in London, which was named among Downbeat magazine’s best albums of the year. He also appeared on the New York Jazz Quartet’s latest album, Blue Divide.

Matthew Margeson

Matt Margeson ’02
Matt Margeson ’02

Matthew Margeson of Los Angeles, CA, composed the score for the movie Kick-Ass 2. He is also composing for the HBO TV series Eastbound & Down. He and hs wife recently had their first son, Owen.

Angela Kempe

Angela Kempe of San Leandro, CA, released the CD Small Town Heart. She also published the memoir Lupin, which focuses on themes that include post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual violence, and domestic abuse. Visit

Sara Leib

Sara Leib of Los Angeles, CA, was the guest vocalist at a recent Blue Man Group show at the Hollywood Bowl. She also runs Voice Studio LA. Visit

Matt Konfirst

Matt Konfirst of West Chicago, IL, and his wife, Kathrina, are currently in the Ukraine serving in the Peace Corps. Following three months of language, cultural, and technical training, they will teach English classes for the next two years in a Ukrainian community.

Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox of Baltimore, MD, released her eighth album, Key. She tours around the globe. Visit

Mike Funk

Mike Funk ’00
Mike Funk ’00

Mike Funk of Long Beach, NY, appears in an AutoZone commercial and in a lead role in the film Diamonds to Dust about Jayne Mansfield. He is also a piano teacher at the School of Rock in New York.

Jee Hyun Kim

Jee Hyun Kim of Anyang-Si, South Korea, released the solo album Electronic Intelligence. Visit

Kay-Ta Matsuno

Guitarist Kay-Ta Matsuno of Los Angeles, CA, and his group Quattro were nominated in the Best New Artist category at the Latin Grammys and were featured on the cover of International Musician. Matsuno has performed with Lalah Hathaway ’90, Jody Watley, and others. Visit

Rachel Fuhrer

Rachel Fuhrer of Austin, TX, and her band Ume were signed to Dangerbird Records. Their album Monuments will be released in March. Fuhrer has appeared in Tom Tom and Drum! magazines, and will be featured in May’s Modern Drummer. Visit