Bob Bertke is the Music Artist in Residence at St, Francis. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music. He received his Bachelor's of Music Education in 2004 with honors and his Master's of Music Education in 2008. As an undergraduate, Mr. Bertke received the Helen Boswell Award in Music Education. As a graduate student, Mr. Bertke was a graduate teaching assistant as well as the instructor of one music education course at the School of Music. During his time at U of L, Mr. Bertke was also invited to present his research findings at the Kentucky Music Educators Conference in 2008.
In the past, Mr. Bertke has taught in the Hardin County School system at both the middle and high school levels as well as serve as a lecturer at the University of Louisville School of Music. Mr. Bertke is starting his eighth year on the Goshen campus and his fourth at the Downtown campus.
Mr. Bertke is also a trumpet player. As a performer, Mr. Bertke has been a semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition (ensemble division). He has also performed performed with and for many recording artists such as Michael Sachs, Stacey Blair, Ed Carroll, Fathead Newman, Steven Mead, and JD Shaw to name a few. Mr. Bertke has also participated in several recording projects, most notably Michael Tunnell's CD titled Passages, the upcoming CD/DVD from Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band titled Buster vs Charlie, as well as The Wilder Stallions new CD titled Don't Let Your Meatloaf. Mr. Bertke has also had the joy and honor of touring Brazil and Italy as a trumpet player. He is a member of Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band, Small Batch Brass, the Brass Band of Louisville, and The Wilder Stallions. Additionally, he is a former member of the Derby City Brass Band, Kentucky Salsa All-Stars, and the Dixieland Solution. In addition, Mr. Bertke is the Kentucky Music Educators' Association Fifth District General Music (6-12) Chair as well as district's Community Music Officer.
"Music is life, and like life inextinguishable." Carl Neilson