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Bernhard Scully

Bernhard Scully has been described as among the elite musicians of his generation, both as a performer and pedagogue. He is currently the horn player of The Canadian Brass, the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Artistic Director of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and Cormont Music. He on the horn faculty at the Brevard Music Festival and performs there as co-principal horn of the Brevard Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Among his many awards are top honors at numerous competitions, most notably being the first classical brass player to win a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians.

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As the Horn player of Canadian Brass, Bernhard annually tours the world over, is featured on many CD's and videos, and performs in front of orchestras that have included the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony. The Canadian Brass have been featured guest artists at many prestigious music events and festivals including: the Oregon Bach Festival, Banff Centre For the Arts, Conn-Selmer Institute, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chautauqua Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, NAMM Convention, Orford Festival, Macau Music Festival, Brass Act at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and many others.

As Principal Horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), Bernhard was often featured as a soloist, performing notable works by Mozart, Strauss, and Britten. He toured with the SPCO both nationally and internationally, most notably performing at Carnegie Hall. His concerts with the SPCO were broadcast weekly on National Public Radio. These concerts can still be heard on the SPCO website at: He is also featured on the SPCO's 50th Anniversary Chamber Orchestra Festival recording.

Since his departure from the symphony to pursue a solo and teaching career, Bernhard returned to play guest principal horn under the acclaimed director, Pinchas Zuchermann. He collaborates often with many great North American Orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, guest principal horn in the Cleveland Orchestra, guest principal horn in the Pittsburgh Symphony, and as principal horn of the acclaimed Violon du Roy in Quebec City.

As a soloist Bernhard is featured on numerous recordings. His solo album, "Dialogue en Francais: French Masterpieces for Horn and Piano", received rave reviews and was featured on Minnesota Public Radio The link to the story can be found here:

His recording, "The G. Schirmer Horn Collection Volumes One, Two, andThree" (Hal Leonard Publishing) includes much of the standard repertoire for horn and piano. The Instrumentalist describes these three volumes: "Scully offers musical, intuitive performances that provide a fine example for hornists of all levels. These carefully thought out publications are a good investment for future growth and belong in every horn teacher and players library." Bernhard can be heard as a featured performer on numerous Canadian Brass CD's. He will be releasing an upcoming CD that features the premiere recording of the late Gunther Schuller's Quintet for Horn and Strings (2009) in collaboration with the acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet. The album also includes W.A. Mozart's Quintet for Horn and Strings, K. 407. Gunther Schuller produced this recording himself, and this was one of the last projects he was a part of before his passing in 2015.

As a pedagogue Bernhard has given lectures and master classes around the world and is a regular featured artist at international music conventions and festivals. He has been on the faculties at the Brevard Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Rafael Mendez Brass Institute as a member of the Summit Brass, Music Academy of the West, Eastman School of Music, Kendall Betts Horn Camp, in residence at the University of Toronto with the Canadian Brass, Madeline Island Music Camp as a member of the Prairie Winds, and the Illinois Summer Youth Music Horn Week.

His degrees are from Northwestern University (with honors) where he studied with Gail Williams and Roland Pandolfi, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he attended on a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, studying with Douglas Hill. In Madison he performed as a member of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra while in school. He did further study in Germany with Hermann Baumann and in Norway with Froydis Ree Werkre.

As part of an exclusive agreement between the Conn-Selmer Corporation and Canadian Brass, Bernhard performs on both 24-karat gold-plated Conn 8D and Conn 11D horn models. The Canadian Brass is managed by IMG Artists in NYC, and The Feldman Agency in Toronto, ON. Canadian Brass exclusively records with Opening Day Records, and is affiliated and partners with Opening Day Entertainment Group.

Bernhard Scully

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Canadian Brass

KBHC Staff: 1995-2000

KBHC Faculty: 2001-2018