Shane Gibson

Shane Gibson ’03 died on April 15. He was 35. Gibson earned his degree in Music Therapy. He was the touring guitarist for the band Korn for four years, performed with the acts stOrk and SchwarZenatoR, and appeared on instructional DVDs. He is survived by parents Lee and Elaine; brother Aaron; and fiancée Jenny Mason.

Donald J. Chamberlain

Donald J. Chamberlain ’79 of Mount Vernon, IA, died on January 11. He was 61. Chamberlain was a music professor emeritus at Cornell College, where he taught from 1994 until his retirement in 2012. Chamberlain was also an accomplished jazz guitarist and composer.

Daniel Branca

Daniel Branca ’53 of Johnston, RI, died on February 26. He was 91. Branca owned Progressive Studios of Music. He was also a veteran of World War II and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Branca is survived by his wife, Angela; children Joseph, Diane, and Daniel; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Christian Saint-Lewis

Christian Saint-Lewis of Bath, ME, Esperanza Spalding ’05, Nadia Washington ’10, and Lalah Hathaway ’90 appeared on Dianne Reeves’s latest album Beautiful Life. The recording was produced by Terri Lyne Carrington ’83.

Alisa Apreleva

Alisa Apreleva of Cambridge, MA, helped launch, a Russian language music therapy educational resource. As part of the launch, Apreleva gave a series of presentations and master classes in Russia.

Christopher Nicholas

Christopher Nicholas of North Hollywood, CA, is the general manager of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, which won a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts commission. JooWan Kim ’01 directed its shows at Yoshi’s Oakland and San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art-house. Visit

Joanna Katzen

Joanna Katzen of Boston, MA, received the Walter W. Harp Liberal Arts Music and Society Award for outstanding achievement in research, civic engagement, or performance relating to music and society.

Ari Picker

Ari Picker of Chapel Hill, NC, and his band Lost in the Trees released the album Past Life, which was featured on NPR’s First Listen series.

Moira Lo Bianco

Pianist and composer Moira Lo Bianco of Calabria, Italy, released the album Lunaria featuring Berklee faculty members Bruno Råberg and Marcello Pellitteri, and produced by Alain Mallet. Lo Bianco was nominated for a 2013 Boston Music Award.

Matt Carlson

Matt Carlson of Boston, MA, ran the Boston Marathon for the second year and raised money for Perkins School for the Blind. He is the program director for Radio Perkins, the school’s online radio station.