Bern Herbolsheimer was born on September 2, 1948, and died on January 13, 2016.
He was an American composer.
Bern was a Northwest composer and is a member of BMI.
He has received recognition throughout the United States and Europe for over 500 works ranging from ballet to symphonic, operatic, chamber and choral works.
Bern’s numerous major commissions and premieres have included ballets for the Frankfurt Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Eugene Ballet.
Bern’s first opera, Aria da Capo, won first prize in the National Opera Association’s New Opera Competition.
Next was Mark Me Twain, was commissioned and premiered in 1993 by the Nevada Opera for its Silver Anniversary season.
Bern as a pianist, has performed as accompanist at the Bergen International Music Festival, the Schloss Elmau Festival, and on concert series for Columbia Artists, Saint Martin’s Abbey, the Spanish Institute, the Goethe Institute, the American Opera Festival of the Sierra, Estoril/Cascais Concerts in Portugal, the Tatarstan Opera in Kazan, Battelle Institute, the Ojai Music Festival, and regularly in the Western Washington area.
He has also served on the music faculty of Seattle’s Cornish College, where he taught composition-related classes and held a private studio, and the University of Washington, where he taught graduate classes in the voice program.
During the end of 2000–2001 school year he was selected as the Outstanding Teacher of Music at Cornish College.
Bern Herbolsheimer passed away at 67 yrs old at his home in Seattle.