Michael Bernard - Principal Oboe
Oboist Michael Bernard's undergraduate studies began at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Stephen Adelstein and Roger McDonald. He left NCSA in 1974 to begin his professional music career as an Oboe and English Horn soloist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington, DC. While in Washington, he continued his oboe studies with Don Hefner and completed both Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Oboe Performance at the Catholic University of America. He was a founding member of the United States Army Field Band Chamber Series and also performed regularly with his own chamber music group: The Bernard Baroque. After 6 years with the United States Army Field Band, he left military service to pursue a Master of Music Degree in Music History at Yale University, where he continued his oboe studies with the famed Ronald Roseman.
Mr Bernard arrived in the Los Angeles area in 1985 and served as Principal Oboist in the Torrance Symphony for 2 seasons. In 1987, he began a 13-year tenure as Principal Oboist for the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra in Palos Verdes, CA. He currently serves as Principal Oboist with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the faculty of Moorpark College as the oboe instructor since 2015. In 2009, he traveled to Vienna, Austria, to serve as principal oboist with the International Haydn Festival Orchestra.Other music credits include performances with the Hour of Power (Crystal Cathedral) Orchestra, The Burbank Philharmonic, Marina Del Rey/Westchester Symphony, the Joffrey Balley Orchestra, the Rio Hondo Symphony, Orchestra, the La Mirada Symphony, and the Southland Symphony. CD credits include "Awake Inside a Dream" (Angels of Venice), "The Cat and the Broom" (13 Nights of Halloween, ina world) "Seasons of Joy" and "Angels & Shepherds" (Terry Minogue). He has a film credit for his Oboe and English horn playing in the feature film, "Saving Flora" (released in 2018).