LUTHERIE, CONDUCTOR, INSTRUCTOR
Norman Bernal was born in Lima, Peru. At age 7 he was awarded a 5-year scholarship to attend the National Conservatory of Music in Lima in the class of Harold Franken. After finishing High School he came to the United States to study at Southern College (SAU) in Collegedale, TN. He studied violin under Patricio Cobos and Orlo Gilbert and continued studies in Orlando, FL with Alphonse DiCarlo. After obtaining a scholarship towards a Master s of Music Education at Andrews University, he studied violin and conducting under Charles Davis. Subsequently, he was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship to attend Ball State University and studied violin under George Leedham and conducting under Robert Hargreaves.
Mr. Bernal took the position of Orchestra Director and violin teacher at Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, a position he held for 5 years. While at PUC he developed the orchestra into a well respected performing ensemble along with PUC’s Choral Ensemble participating in two annual performances at the famous Grace Cathedral Concert Series in San Francisco. He moved to Atlanta, GA to perform with the Atlanta Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, where he remained for 15 years touring within the states, Mexico and Europe.
My Mentor, My Teacher, My Friend