Erik Sorensen ’11 of Brooklyn, NY, died on October 22, 2015. He was 30. Sorensen performed with the bands Autocatalytica and Quiet City, and taught at the Bronx School of Performing Arts. He leaves his fiancée Amy Carstensen, parents Karen and Ward, and sister Kelsey.
Carl D. Stone ’85 passed away on October 19, 2015. He was 56. Stone was a blues/jazz guitarist and recording engineer, and owned Sheppard Industries, a recording studio in Brockton, MA. He leaves his wife, Julie, and children, Jesse, James, and Josiah.
Berklee student Tyler Sweere of Perham, MN, died on December 25, 2015, at his home. He was 19 years old. Sweere was a guitar principal and an electronic production and design major and had just completed his third semester at Berklee. He leaves his mother Heather Byer, father Paul Sweere, and half-brother Timothy Sweere.
Hal Turner Jr. ’58 of Smithfield, VA, died on November 4, 2015. He was 85. Turner was an arranger for Tommy Dorsey, Sammy Kaye, and Glenn Miller. He was also a pianist, vocalist, and an Air Force veteran. Turner leaves his daughter Valerie.
Ed Uribe ’82, former percussion faculty member, died on November 19, 2015. He was 58. During his 17 years as a faculty member, Uribe launched hand percussion as a principal instrument and the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion program. He authored two books and ran Dancing Planet MediaWorks. He taught at New England Conservatory and the True School of Music in Mumbai, India. Uribe performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, and more. He leaves his wife, Robin, and sons, Michael and Daniel.
Nancy Ackrill ’84 of Fort Lauderdale, FL, died on October 8, 2015. She was 64. Ackrill was a Brazilian jazz vocalist and guitarist who performed throughout the United States and Europe. She leaves her mother and three brothers.
Composition professor Rick Applin ’76 died on September 17, 2015 after a battle with cancer. Applin taught at Berklee for 37 years and was the author of Tonal Counterpoint (Berklee Press). A Dean of Curriculum award recipient, Applin was an active composer with works performed by national and regional ensembles. He leaves his wife Rosey Lee, an Ear Training Department professor.
William Brooks ’75 of Cummington, MA, died on October 29, 2015. He was 68. Brooks was an accomplished guitarist, performer, and instructor. He also worked in environmental science and was a licensed pilot. Brooks leaves his wife Carol and daughter Ashleigh.
Joey Cardello ’66 of Medford, MA, passed away on September 17, 2015. He was 70. In addition to Berklee, Cardello attended the Boston Conservatory of Music. He played piano for his own quartet for 54 years, and was the former director of music at Watertown High School. He leaves his wife Bobbi and two children.
Voice professor Armsted Christian ’78 died of sarcoidosis on Monday, January 4. He was 64. Christian joined the Berklee faculty in 1999, teaching private vocal instruction and voice classes including Flo’ology: Spoken Word and Improvisation. Christian worked with Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Freddie Jackson, Regina Carter, and others. He led the group Peaceful Flight and was a member of Will Downing and Gerald Albright’s groups. A SESAC winner, his awards include the Grammy-nominated “All the Man You Need” with Downing. Christian released one solo album, The Wave Is Coming. He founded the Armsted R. Christian Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. Christian leaves his wife Marcelina, two sons, and three daughters.