Chris Joye

Chris Joye '07

Chris Joye of Peoria, IL, recently scored a feature length documentary about autism titled Programming Hope. He continues to score projects for various media. He was was a bass guitar presenter at the NAMM Show 2016 for Gittler Instruments.

Emily Shackelton-James

Emily Shackelton-James of Nashville, TN, is part of the group the Ellas, which released their debut album Merry & Bright in November on Scat Pack Records.

Jake Hertzog

Jazz guitarist Jake Hertzog of Brooklyn, NY, released the album Beyond the Standard Model, available as a free download from his website. It features Harvie S ’70 and Victor Jones. Visit

Ryan Heenan

Ryan Heenan of Costa Mesa, CA, was spotlighted in the New York Daily News regarding his jingle-writing career on Fiverr. He also runs a gym with his wife.

Tiana Gustafson

Tiana Gustafson of San Luis Obispo, CA, is the owner of Firefly Media, a company providing design and online marketing services. Visit

Kyle Crane

Kyle Crane of Orange, CA, was nominated for the 2015 Up and Coming Drummer award by Modern Drummer magazine. Visit

Matt Nakoa

Pianist and guitarist Matt Nakoa of Smyrna, NY, is touring with Boston folk icon Tom Rush. One memorable date was their performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding of NYC, completed her Emily’s D+Evolution tour with bandmates Matthew Stevens ’04 and Emily Elbert ’11. Spalding was recently nominated for a position at the National Council on the Arts. Visit

Roger Panella

Roger Panella of Chicago, IL, works in search engine optimization for Ice Nine Online and his own company, GroundSwell Search.

Shantell Ogden

Shantell Ogden of Nashville, TN, received Songwriter of the Year and Americana Song of the Year awards from the International Music and Entertainment Association for “Ghosts in the Field.” Visit