Horn Virtuoso Bernhard Scully Returns to Canadian Brass

After seven years, the Canadian Brass welcomes back horn virtuoso Bernhard Scully to the group!  Bernhard first came to the Brass as a young performer in 2005.  After several years with the ensemble, which included four recordings(1), a viral video(2), and hundreds of concerts on three continents, Bernhard left with his wife Sarah to start their family.  Now with three children ages 1 to 6, Bernhard signaled his readiness and eagerness to return to the group.

Canadian Brass founder Chuck Daellenbach, expressing his excitement about Bernhard’s decision, said “Without a doubt, Bernhard’s return to us is an extraordinary moment in the Canadian Brass’ evolution.  He completes one of the most remarkable groups of young brass players assembled in this era – trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos and trumpeters Caleb Hudson & Chris Coletti.”  Apparently the University of Wisconsin agrees with Daellenbach’s assessment of Bernhard being in the first rank of young artists today, awarding him a Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding artistry in 2010.

Bernhard has garnered several notable achievements in his years apart.  He holds a Professorship of Horn at the University of Illinois, was the featured artist for a comprehensive G. Schirmer-Hal Leonard Music Publishing solo repertoire project produced by Richard Walters3 and was Principal Horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as guest performer with the San Francisco, Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.  He has recorded and performed as principal horn with the Violon du Roy of Quebec City and recorded Dialogues En Francais with his mother Joanne Minnetti at the keyboard as a result of winning a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians.  Additionally, Bernhard is one of the most sought after horn clinicians, having a recurrent relationship with The International Horn Society, Kendall Betts Horn Camp, Raphael Mendez Brass Institute and the Illinois Summer Youth Music Horn Seminar.

Critics have been unanimous in suggesting that Canadian Brass has become a group of exceptional and varied talents, boldly taking the group into the future but all based on a forty year succession of historic performances, firsts, bests, awards & honors and precedent setting approaches to performance & audience relationships

Bernhard returns to his continuing role with Canadian Brass now replacing Eric Reed, who is very much remaining on the chamber music scene, taking up the horn position in the American Brass Quintet.


For more information visit:

Bernhard’s Personal Website
University of Illinois – School of Music: Bernhard Scully


(1) People of Faith - 2005; High Society - 2007; Bach – 2007; Legends – 2008
(2) State Street Stomp – 2005
(3) The Horn Collection (G. Schirmer/Hal Leonard)