Position / Title: 
Kennedy Center and Workshop Facilitator

John Bertles is an educator, composer and instrument-builder. He has worked in arts education since 1988 as a teaching artist, administrator, professional developer and consultant, and is a leader in the field of environmental arts education. He is the founder of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts, which presents performances, residencies and professional development sessions nationwide. He is also a professional development workshop leader with the Kennedy Center National Touring Workshops for Teachers, and a board member of the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable. As a composer, he works with combinations of traditional and world instruments along with his own invented musical instruments built from recycled and reused materials. His most recent performances include “The Choke Artist” for unusual instrument sextet; “Incline and Trashicaglia” for orchestra, homemade instruments, and audience members, and “The Raven” for a small orchestra of traditional and unusual instruments.

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