Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Royal Brett Bernhard

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Royal Brett Bernhard

Music and Medicine
A major reason for Royal Brett Bernhard choosing the Island University was that he earned a spot on the Lichtenstein String Quartet, the only student quartet in residence in South Texas. The violinist, who is also a member of the University Orchestra and Honors Program, carries a 4.0 grade point average and has scored the Lichtenstein Quartet Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. The Topeka, Kan., native and 2009 graduate of the Christian Liberty Academy School System, began his University classes in fall 2009 and plans to receive his Bachelor of Arts in music, followed by a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. His future plans include medical school. Bernhard feels honored to perform with the quartet, which was founded in 2005 with the sponsorship of the Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Foundation. To remain in the quartet, Bernhard must compete in annual auditions and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. In return, he earns an $8,000 scholarship each academic year. While in the program, Bernhard gives free weekly music lessons to children at the Joe Garza Recreation Center. At age 5, Bernhard’s mother insisted he begin violin lessons and to this day, he is appreciative of her support. In addition, Bernhard plays the piano, which his mother taught him. In his spare time, he runs his own lawn care and piano tuning businesses, which have taught him how to manage money. He is also interested in giving back to the community. He has also volunteered for Driscoll Children’s Hospital and the Sunshine Melodies Music Camp. Each month, he visits the Wooldridge Nursing Home with his church.
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