DR. ROSS C. BERNHARDT is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he conducts Camerata Isla, University Singers, and teaches applied voice and choral litertaure/techniques. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Missouri, respectively.
Dr. Bernhardt previously served as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities at Lambuth University. He also served on the faculties of Columbia College (Missouri) and Lansing Community College (Michigan) and was a high school choral director in southwest Virginia.
Dr. Bernhardt was Artistic Director of the Corpus Christi Chorale from 2008 to 2015. He was previously assistant conductor for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and was bass faculty for the Berkshire Choral Festival. An active baritone soloist, Dr. Bernhardt has performed with musicians and organizations such as the Santa Fe Opera, Dave Brubeck, San Juan Symphony, Canterbury Choral Society, and the Santa Fe Symphony. He currently performs each summer with the Oregon Bach Festival under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.
Dr. Bernhardt has won first prize in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition, Silliman Anthem Award Competition (US), Longfellow Choral Composition Competition (US), and Concurso Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral (Spain), and special commendation in the Phoenix Choral Composition Competition (UK). His compositions have been published by Hinshaw, Mark Foster, and Colla Voce. Self-published compositions are available via www.bernhardtmusic.com.