Robert Bernhardt

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Robert Bernhardt in 2009

Robert "Bob" Bernhardt is an American conductor, currently the musical director and conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, and the principal pops conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. For most of the 1980s, he was also associate conductor Louisville Orchestra.

Born in Rochester, New York, Robert Bernhardt holds a master's degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Daniel Lewis. He is also a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he was an academic baseball player.

Career highlights[edit]

  • Artistic Director of the Sewanee Music Festival in 1999
  • Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (1995–1998)
  • Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta (1993–1997)
  • Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera (1991–1996)
  • Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson (AZ) Symphony Orchestra (1987–1995)
  • Music Director of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra (1985–1987)
  • Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1978

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