Alexandra Berndt


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bassoon in Music and Music - Winds, Brass, and Percussion

Dr. Alexandra Berndt is an active performer and teacher based in the Twin Cities.  She joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra as the Associate Principal Bassoon in 2016 and joined the Chione Quintet in 2018.  Chione Quintet was chosen for the second time as Classical Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artists for the 2020-21 school year (the first residency was 2018-19).  During the 2019-20 season, Chione was a grant recipient for the Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program and toured in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.  A current substitute with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Dr. Berndt has also served as substitute with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (IA), Bangor Symphony Orchestra (ME), and the New World Symphony (FL).  In addition to teaching at Gustavus, she maintains a large private studio in Minneapolis.

Dr. Berndt earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance with a Secondary Emphasis in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.  She received her Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. While in Boston, Dr. Berndt was a member of the Vento Chiaro Wind Quintet. Vento Chiaro was a two-time recipient of the Free For All Concert Fund Grant while she was a member.  She received her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance summa cum laude and with Program Honors in Woodwinds from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

A 2010 Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, Dr. Berndt also attended the summer music festivals at the Brevard Music Center and the Banff Music Centre.  Her primary teachers include John Miller, Richard Ranti, Suzanne Nelsen, Christopher Millard, Lewis Kirk, and David Seidel.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, cycling, wakeboarding, and traveling.  She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their orange cats.

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-352 Bassoon 8 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, and 2018/FA
MUS-252 Bassoon 8 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, and 2018/FA
MUS-184 Woodwind Ensemble 6 2021/FA, 2020/FA, and 2019/FA