With 31 years experience as a Music Director, 34 years as a conductor of Pops, and 33 years in the Opera pit, Bob Bernhardt brings a unique perspective and ability each time he is on the podium, and in every genre. He is currently Principal Pops Conductor with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and is in his 15th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. Formerly, he was Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera, Music Director and Conductor of the Amarillo Symphony, and Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. The 2012-13 season marked his 20th anniversary with the Boston Pops and he has been a frequent guest conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony, among others. A lover of Opera, he conducted productions with Kentucky Opera for 18 consecutive seasons, and for 19 seasons with his own company in Chattanooga, as well as many guest conducting engagements with the Nashville Opera. He received his Masters degree with Honors from the University of Southern California’s School of Music, studying primarily with Daniel Lewis. He received his Bachelors-Fine Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude, and an Academic All-American Baseball Player.