Edward John Krolick, former professor of double bass at the University of Illinois for 32 years, passed away March 24, 2013 in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the age of 89. A native of Rochester, New York, he graduated from high school in 1941 and received a four-year scholarship to the Eastman School of Music. His studies were interrupted in 1943 when he was drafted by the army. He proudly served his country during World War II and used the GI Bill to fund his continued studies at Eastman when he returned to civilian life, during which time he also performed in the Rochester Philharmonic and finished his master’s of music degree. Along with his wife Bettye, Krolick was a member of the San Antonio Symphony until he joined the faculty at Illinois in 1951. Ed was the founding principal bass of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, as well as principal for orchestras in Spring?eld, Kankakee, Danville, Peoria and Memphis. In 1983 he and Bettye moved to Colorado, where he joined the faculties of the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Wyoming, and performed in the Fort Collins and Greeley (CO) symphonies. Krolick’s studio produced many fine bassists, including long time New York Philharmonic associate principal Jon Deak and legendary bass pedagogue Lucas Drew. Ed joined the Musicians Union in 1941 and was an active member of the American String Teachers Association, Music Educator National Conference and the International Society of Bassists. In 1985, Krolick established a scholarship for double bass and viola majors at the University of Illinois, a fund that has contributed to the education of dozens of musicians. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801, in honor of the Edward Krolick String Award.
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