Bertram Gulhaugen, bass, is a singer, recitalist, choral conductor, music director, and a long-time voice teacher. Bert earned a Bachelor of Music from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He maintained a private studio voice instructor from 1984 - 2016 and is a self-described “voice geek.” In 1993, He formed Seattle Glee Clubs, a non-profit choral and musical theater organization for amateurs and served as choral conductor for the Seattle Women’s Glee Club, the West Seattle Glee Club, The Olio Players Theatrical Troupe and the Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He and his husband Jerry Halsey continue to produce annual musical theater extravaganzas with the Olio Players Theatrical Troupe. in 2013, Bert, Jerry, and Mary Pat Graham founded Expressive Music & Theater Arts, a nonprofit created to encourage and enable personal growth through deeper participation in the arts.
An experienced performer, Bert has an extensive choral, instrumental, and jazz ensemble background, and has presented numerous recitals of art song, standards, and show tunes. He held the position of bass section leader for the Seattle Jewish Chorale from 2010 – 2013 and over the years has served as soloist/section leader for synagogues, and various Christian denominations.
Bert is music director and choir conductor at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation where he plans worship service music, leads the WSUU rhythm section and conducts all several vocal ensembles. He also produces the bi-annual Pacific Northwest Unitarian Universalist Music Festival.