Marilyn Thomas Bernard

Marilyn Bernard

Title: Director, Vocalist (Retired)

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Marilyn Bernard, Director and Vocalist (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.

Ms. Bernard became involved in her profession after switching from her major from biology to music in her junior year of college. This opened so many doors and was a way for her to reach out to so many people, so she loved it and discovered that it is a part of who she is. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Tulane University in 1968 and continued at the institution to receive an MFA in 1970. Upon graduating, Ms. Bernard joined the faculty at the Xavier University of Louisiana as an assistant professor and taught at the institution until 1976. She then joined as the Director of Chorale Activities and as a teacher at the Isidore Newman School and remained in these positions until 1992. In the ensuing years, she worked as a senior humanities teacher, chairman, voice teacher and choral director at the Albuquerque Academy, and as the artistic director of the Albuquerque Youth Chorus. Despite retiring in 2013, she has remained active as an artistic director for the New Mexico Symphonic Youth Chorus, which she also helped commence in 2016.

In recognition of her contributions, Ms. Bernard has received such accolades as the Albuquerque Academy Outstanding Teacher Award, the Amistad Research Center Arts Award, a Centennial Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Alumni from Tulane University and being named an Outstanding Woman in the state of Louisiana. She considers her career highlights to be anytime she got in front of an audience to sing, such as her time singing in recitals all over the world with the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the New Mexico Philharmonic. She is a founding member of the Moses Hogan Chorale and has been the President of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Choral Directors Associations, and involved with the National Association for Music Education and the Music Educators National Conference.

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