Alexandra Berndt


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

Dr. Alexandra Berndt is an active teacher and performer 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 is a grant recipient for the Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program and will be performing in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin during the 2019-20 season.  For the 2018-19 school year Chione Quintet was chosen as Classical Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artists.  Dr. Berndt has served as substitute bassoon with the Minnesota Opera, Boston Pops Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.  In addition to maintaining a large private studio, she also serves as the adjunct bassoon instructor at St. Cloud State University.

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 cooking, reading, cycling, wakeboarding, gardening, and traveling.  She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their tuxedo cat.

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-252 Bassoon 4 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, and 2018/FA
MUS-352 Bassoon 4 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, and 2018/FA
MUS-184 Woodwind Ensemble 2 2019/FA