At a celebration on January 20 in the Berklee Performance Center, Berklee and the Boston Conservatory (TBC) signed a merger agreement. The combined institution will be called Berklee College of Music with the conservatory becoming the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hungarian-born associate professor Tibor Pusztai died on January 12 after suffering a heart attack. He was 69. During his 20 years at Berklee, he taught conducting, scoring for strings, traditional harmony and composition. He also taught at New England Conservatory, Ithaca College, and the University of Tehran. He was a musical director and/or conductor for the Manchester Symphony, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Pusztai was president of the Connecticut Composers, New Voices Productions, and the Studio of Elecronic Music. He leaves his wife of 12 years, Ann Axtmann.
Alumnus Edward H. Moore of Framingham, MA, died on November 14, 2015. He was a trumpeter, member of the Point and Swing big band, piano tuner, and staff member at New England Conservatory. He leaves his wife, Cynthia, and son, Alexander.