Jon Damian

Professor Jon Damian penned Fresh Music: Explorations with the Creative Workshop Ensemble for Musicians, Artists, and Teachers, which offers ways to inspire the creative process. It is available through Amazon.

Faculty Notes

By 
Ryan Fleming

Steven Stern

Steven Stern ’90 of Encino, CA, died in April after a battle with cancer. He was 47. Stern started his career as a music scoring assistant for film composer Hans Zimmer at Media Ventures, where he worked on The Lion King, I’ll Do Anything, Renaissance Man, and Speed. He later formed his own production company before joining APM Music as a vice president of custom music.

Thomas Michael Spicer

Thomas Michael Spicer of Dallas, TX, died at his home on March 2. He was 58. After graduating from Berklee, Spicer returned to his native New Orleans, LA, where he played jazz and Zydeco music. He also owned and operated a produce company. He is survived by son Erik and stepson Max.

Luis E. Opazo

Word has reached us that percussionist Luis E. Opazo ’77 of West Palm Beach, FL, passed away on May 12, 2013 at the age of 59. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and three children.

Raymond Kotwica

Raymond Kotwica
Raymond Kotwica

Raymond Kotwica of Greenville, RI, died at age 87 on January 16. He joined the Berklee faculty in 1957 and became the chair of the brass department in 1989. He mentored high-school students and won a public service award from the late Boston mayor, Tom Menino, in 1996. As the Shubert Theatre’s lead trumpeter, Kotwica backed stars such as Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, and Tony Bennett.

George E. Hargan

George E. Hargan ’68 of Rowley, MA, died on February 3. Hargan taught at Berklee for more than 30 years, retiring in 2008 as the assistant chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. He was a composer, arranger, and bassist who led his own big band. He is survived by children Semeon and Audrey.

Mark Fischer

Former associate professor Mark Fischer passed away on February 18, at the age of 64. Fischer was an attorney who focused on intellectual property, entertainment, and copyright law. He finished his career at Duane Morris LLP and founded the BioBricks Foundation. Fischer is survived by his wife Marney.

Joseph L. Ferrari

Joseph L. Ferrari of Naples FL, died at the age of 81 on February 14. He was Berklee’s director of financial aid for 18 years and an organist for local churches. He is survived by wife Nancy; and children Donna, Joseph, and Timothy.

James "Jim" Fernandes

James “Jim” Fernandes ’76 of San Diego, CA, died on December 20, 2014. He was 66. Fernandes, a professional guitarist, was also a computer product manager and X-ray technologist. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, Joe and Alec; daughter, Rachel; and stepson Colin.

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