JAD BERNARDO | MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Jad has been praised for his “ease of technique and surprising poise.” His collaborative and music directing engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Joe’s Pub, and recitals in Washington D.C., Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana. A frequent collaborator with singers of opera and musical theater, Jad has performed with elite from both the operatic and Broadway communities. In addition to his collaborative work, he has been a featured artist on New York City’s Musaic Concert Series. Most recent musical directing engagements have included The Fantastics for Millbrook Playhouse; Footloose and Ragtime for Regional Center for the Arts. Past successes include Five Guys Named Moe (featuring Nathan Best,Grammy Winner and member of the legendary band the O’Jays) and Evita for Knoxville’s Bijou Theater; Ain’t Misbehavin’ for Northern Stage; Sweeney Todd at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in NYC; The Johnny at NYC’s 2008 Fringe Festival; seven productions for NYC’s Vital Theatre Company including Extraordinary (Int’l Fringe Festival 2005 Winner of Best Music and Lyrics) and the current Off-Broadway hit PINKALICIOUS! During his graduate studies, he served as coach for Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor and Menotti’s The Telephone. He served as a pianist/repetiteur for Garden State Opera’s productions of Suor Angelica / Bastien Und Bastienne and Anchorage Opera’s productions of Suor Angelica/ I Pagliacci and Eugene Onegin. Jad conducted the 2010 premiere of Kristin Hevner’s electronica opera Wednesday Before Last at New York City’s Musaic Concert Series. June 2011 he performed in the two week run as the pianist/underworld god in Ricky Ian Gordon’s two act chamber piece, Orpheus And Euridice. He holds a Masters from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelors from the Florida State University. He studied piano with Dr. Christy Lee, James Streem and Ruben Malan. He won first place prizes in MTNA and FSMTA ’s collegiate artist piano competitions and has appeared in recital engagements throughout the United States. Since graduate school, Jad has coached for New York University, Singers Forum, Regional Center for the Arts, CAST Voice Studio, Broadway Babes CT, Brooklyn Theater Arts Academy, and American Dance and Drama Studio.