Chester J. Krolewicz

Former Berklee guitar instructor Chester J. Krolewicz (aka Chet Kruley) of Marshfield, MA, died on November 27, 2013. He was 89. During his career, Krolewicz performed with Fletcher Henderson, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, and many others. He toured with a variety of Broadway shows, and taught many students, including Gábór Szabo ’59 and Patty Larkin ’74. He was also a respected luthier. Krolewicz is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Thaddeus Iorizzo

Thaddeus Iorizzo ’80 of Oswego, NY, passed away on January 3. He was 55. Iorizzo was a jazz and classical bassist who performed with the Binghamton, NY, symphony orchestra, and he directed the New Horizon Band. He was also a published artist and cartoonist. Iorizzo is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons Linus and Rinaldo; parents Luciano and Marilee.

Christopher Hattingh

Christopher Hattingh of Cocoa, FL, died in his native South Africa on December 24, 2013. He was a guitarist and drummer as well as an avid surfer and outdoorsman. Hattingh was also a computer-aided designer and author of the book The Sword of Magna. He is survived by his daughter Kristen, brother Patrick, and former wife, Louise.

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.