Department of Music

Alexandra Berndt

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 performs throughout the Twin Cities.

In addition to maintaining a large private studio, Dr. Berndt also serves as the adjunct bassoon professor at St. Cloud State University and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Previously she was the bassoon instructor at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Wind Ensemble in Lenox, MA and was on the faculty of the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA as a chamber music coach.

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.