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William Bernatis, D.M.A.

Assistant Chair, Horn
Brass Coordinator
Office: HFA 243
Phone: 702-895-3713

Biography

Bill Bernatis is currently associate professor of horn at UNLV, principal horn with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, assistant principal horn with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and is on the faculty of the Chautauqua School of Music.

Previously, Bernatis was assistant professor of Horn at Del Mar College in Texas, Baylor University in Texas, and Ithaca College in New York. His performing background includes a wealth of orchestral, chamber music, studio recording, and commercial experience. He has been principal horn with the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Waco Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Institute, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.  

Bernatis was an instructor for the Empire Brass Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and a member of the AIMS orchestra in Graz, Austria. His teachers include John Iltis, William Scharnberg, and Philip Farkas. After receiving his Bachelor of Music from Washburn University, Bernatis taught music in public school, then went on to earn his Master of Music at Indiana University and pursue doctoral studies at the University of North Texas.

Over the years, Bernatis has performed solo recitals, judged competitions, done studio recording, and held master classes around the country. He has toured with the Dallas Brass, performed as soloist with the Chautauqua Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Corpus Christi Symphony, Waco Symphony, Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival, the Penfield Symphony, and International Horn Society regional and international workshops. He is still an active recitalist and freelance performer.