A Friend in Need

  Former Voice Department Chair Ken Greenhouse

Between 1984 and 1996, Ken Greenhouse served as the chair of Berklee's Voice Department. A talented pianist and all-around musician, Greenhouse directed the acclaimed College Singers at Berklee and mentored many vocal students during his years at the college. After leaving Berklee, Greenhouse took a teaching position in Georgia. In 2003, he began experiencing symptoms that were later diagnosed as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

This fatal illness gradually erodes the ability to walk and speak; and eventually it shuts down the entire nervous system leaving those who suffer from it dependent on a respirator and full-time care. At this point Greenhouse is bedridden, cannot speak, feed himself, or breathe on his own. His mind is sharp, but he can communicate only by pointing to a letter chart to spell out words.

Greenhouse's wife, Susan, and children Max and Rebecca have courageously stood by him and are struggling to manage the overwhelming costs of his care and their own living expenses. If you were inspired by Greenhouse as a student or knew him as a colleague and would like to help him in his time of need, consider contributing to the fund that provides his care. Checks may be sent to the following address:

Visiting Angels
3525 Piedmont Road
7 Piedmont Center, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
Write "Ken Greenhouse" on your check and 100 percent of your gift will be applied to his care. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Berklee invites you to wish Ken well on our Ken Greenhouse guest book.