Bernhard Scully is currently the professor of horn at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  There he is a member of the University of Illinois Brass Quintet and is co-director of the Orchestral Repertoire Class.  He is currently on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, and has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West and the Eastman School of Music.

Recent Experience

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, and Toronto Symphony, among many others.  He gave master classes worldwide to thousands of students at many of the world’s premiere music schools.  Since his departure, he has been fortunate to return and play on numerous occasions

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 and lecturing at the 2008 International Horn Symposium; guest principal horn with Violon du Roy (Quebec City) on their most recent recording; and performing with the Prairie Winds Wind Quintet at the Madeline Island Music Camp, WI; and soloing at the 2010 Mid-South Horn Convention.  He 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, and toured nationally and internationally.  He is a founding member of the Contrapunctus Bras Trio, a group whose mission it is to help under-funded school music programs.  He has performed also with such groups as the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Education & Awards

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.

He received his Bachelors Degree with honors at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and his Masters 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 and Abigail.

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Listen to interview of Bernhard and his mom, Joanne Minnetti on
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