Don Chamberlain 1952-2014

Don Chamberlain, professor emeritus of music, died on Jan. 11. He was 61.

Don Chamberlain, emeritus professor of music
Don Chamberlain, emeritus professor of music

Chamberlain taught music at Cornell College from 1994 until his retirement in 2012. He was an accomplished composer, a professional musician, and a beloved professor. He was deeply involved in music performance on campus, and was the center of both the study of jazz music on campus and its performance as a living art form.

In addition to teaching and leading the college’s jazz ensemble, Chamberlain was involved in the musical life of students. He sponsored Octave, the longstanding Living and Learning Community dedicated to music, and he led a course on jazz and jazz performance that traveled down the Mississippi from Iowa to New Orleans, performing at various venues along the way.

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