“Being a performer-teacher in music is my calling. I have been immersed in the world of music all my life and have loved every minute of it. On the horn, I have focused primarily on first horn and solo horn playing. I love teaching and feel a deep sense of commitment to share my love of music with others. ” — Bernhard Scully
Bernhard enjoys teaching serious students of all ages and abilities, and his primary criterion for taking a new student is how devoted that student is.
Lessons are tailored around each student’s individual needs and his approach is to teach horn performance in it’s entirety (high/low horn, solo, orchestral, chamber music, auditions, etc.). As a teacher his philosophy is to assess the individual goals of each student and work to help them accomplish those goals as much as possible.
A large part of his instruction is focused on the fundamentals of music and brass playing. Fundamentals are the core skills needed to truly excel in the craft of horn performance, such as breathing, tone production, articulation, phrasing, ear training, and rhythm.
Professor of Horn,
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Bernhard Scully is professor of horn at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. There he is also a member of the U of I Brass Quintet. Along with his performing, he also teaches horn literature and is co-directing the orchestral repertoire class.
You may find out more information about the School of Music and Bernhard’s involvement at their home page.
Master Classes, Lectures and Guest Recitals-Performances
Bernhard has been invited to be a guest artist at many workshops and conventions, where he has given lectures, master classes, and performed as a soloist. In 2008, he was featured with the Colorado Symphony in Lee Actor’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra, which received much critical acclaim, and he has since performed the work in different settings across the United States. He has recorded “The G. Schirmer Horn Collection”, published by Hal Leonard, which includes much of the standard literature for horn and piano and is available in sheet music stores and online.
A passionate teacher, Bernhard has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West, and has taught at the Eastman School of Music, along with his current position at the University of Illinois. He has given master classes to thousands of students across the world through his travels with the Canadian Brass. He has been part of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in NH since its inception in 1995, first as a staff assistant before becoming a full faculty member in 2001. He teaches and performs alongside the Prairie Winds Woodwind Quintet at the Madeline Island Music Camp in WI, and he is on the faculty of the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute.