Bernie Scherr, Ph.D.


Head of the HSU Department of Music Theory & Composition and professor of music theory & composition, Dr. Bernard Scherr’s composition catalog includes over 100 works for orchestra, orchestra and chorus, orchestra and soloist, solo voice, chorus, wind ensemble, and various chamber ensembles.

Scherr’s orchestral works have been performed in California, Texas, and Europe, and he has received a number of commissions from professional and university ensembles. His chamber music is regularly performed across the United States, and he has a growing European presence.

The recipient of several awards at the University of Oregon, including the University of Oregon's 125th Anniversary Composition Commission competition, Scherr's music has been recognized in competitions in Boston, Pennsylvania, and the Waging Peace through Singing Project in Oregon.

Committed to the performance of new music, Scherr has premiered numerous works with the Oregon Composers Forum Concert Series and the Key City Brass Quintet.

His book Organ Preludes is published by Zimbel Press and “Victimae Paschali Laudes” for orchestra is recorded on the VMM label.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, UCLA
  • Master of Fine Arts, Orchestra Conducting, UCLA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Composition and Theory, University of Oregon

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