Bernhard Scully is currently the horn professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute as a member of the Summit Brass, and has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West and the Eastman School of Music.
Previously Bernhard was a member of the Canadian Brass. With the group he performed the world over, recorded numerous CDs, and starred in a top-ranked music video. As a featured artist in the quintet he shared the stage and soloed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, among many others. He has given master classes worldwide to thousands of students at many of the world’s premiere music schools. He has performed often with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
As a soloist, he is a regular featured artist at universities, workshops, conventions, and with prominent ensembles. Recent highlights include: performing Gunther Schuller’s Quintet for Horn and Strings with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota; soloing with the Colorado Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and others; guest principal horn with Violon du Roy (Quebec City) on their most recent recording; performing with the Prairie Winds Wind Quintet at the Madeline Island Music Camp, WI; and being a featured soloist at the Mid-South, Northeast, and International Horn Conventions. In 2012, he will also be a featured artist at the Southeast Horn Workshop, Northwest Horn Workshop, and the International Horn Convention in Denton, TX.
Bernhard has recorded The G.Schirmer Horn Collection, Volumes 1-3 published by Hal Leonard, which includes much of the standard literature for horn and piano. Bernhard was principal horn with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra where he was featured often as a soloist. In the SPCO he performed in Carnegie Hall, toured nationally, and internationally. He is a founding member of the Contrapunctus Brass Trio, a group whose mission it is to help under-funded school music programs and to expand the brass chamber music repertoire. Bernhard has received awards from many other organizations such as The National Foundation For The Advancement In The Arts, WAMSO, and The Distinguished Music Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for outstanding artistry. In 2009 Bernhard became the first classical brass player to win Minnesota’s prestigious McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship. The Fellowship allowed him to give performances all over Minnesota and provided the funding for recording a CD.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and his Master’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he was a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow. At the University of Wisconsin– Madison, he won the student concerto competition and performed as a member of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. His principal teachers include Hermann Baumann, Kendall Betts, Douglas Hill, Roland Pandolfi, and Gail Williams. His wife, Sarah, is a music therapist. They are proud parents of their daughters Eleanor, Abigail, and Madeline. For more information about Bernhard, please visit his website at www.bernhardscully.com