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In Memoriam: Vuk Kulenovic

Dear members of the Berklee community,

Vuk KulenovicWith much sadness, I write to inform you that the college has lost another member of its community. Vuk Kulenovic, professor in the Composition Department, passed away on Monday, April 10.

Since 2006, Vuk has been a constant presence at Berklee. During his 11 years, he taught several counterpoint and orchestration courses, as well as directed study. Born in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia in 1946, he studied piano and composition at Ljubljana Music Academy in Slovenia and later at Belgrade Music Academy, where he received his Master of Arts in music composition. He also studied with Milko Kelemen in Stuttgart, Germany. During his studies, the popular approach to composition was in 12-tone technique introduced to the world by Arnold Schoenberg. This had little impact on Vuk, since he was writing in a minimalist style before it was given that moniker and popularized by composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

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In Memoriam: Kim Plainfield

Dear members of the Berklee community,

“It’s an incredible gift and a privilege to be a musician. I really want my students to know that and understand the beauty and positive force in the world that music is.”

Kim PlainfieldThe words above are from Kim Plainfield, professor in the Percussion Department, and it is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Kim passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Saturday, April 9. He had just returned from a clinic tour in China.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and based in New York, Kim established a very successful career as a performer, author, and educator. He accumulated numerous performance and recording credits during his professional career, which started in earnest at the age of 19 when he began playing with Mingo Lewis and subsequently secured the drum chair with the Pointer Sisters.

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Pursuing a Passion in Music: Jerilyn Sawyer

By Shantell Ogden B.M. ’05

Jerilyn Sawyer

Jerilyn Sawyer

For Jerilyn Sawyer, the path to a job in the music industry working first for CTK Management, and now her own management company, Sawyer & Garner, has been paved with passion for music and excellence. She started singing at age 7, and after many years of performing, writing, and recording songs, she believed the next natural step would be attending Berklee.

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In Memoriam: Mili Bermejo

Dear Members of the Berklee Community,

It is with deep sadness that I write to you in remembrance of venerable voice faculty member, Mili Bermejo, who passed away on February 21 after a long battle with cancer. She was in a hospice facility for her last few days and her family was with her.

Mili BermejoMili was born in Argentina, but spent most of her young life in Mexico City. She is the daughter of renowned Mexican songwriter and guitarist Guillermo Bermejo. She studied voice and classical composition at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. While in Mexico, Mili performed at jazz festivals, as well as music for the theater, film, and broadcast media.

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Affirming Our Commitment to Creating a Safe and Inclusive Campus Environment

On November 21, Berklee President Roger H. Brown and the Berklee President’s Cabinet sent this letter out to students, faculty, and staff to reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all.

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