MPR Class Notes

Chione is honored to have been chosen as Classical Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artists for the 2018-2019 school year.

Chione will expand on their "Story Time with Chione" program by performing stories from around the world in a cultural and musical exploration of countries and characters.  The ensemble will engage students by intertwining musical learning and storytelling.  Chione boasts a diverse and expansive set of sounds which capture the audience's imagination and help them to discover the world that is the woodwind quintet.  

 Photography: Leta Albrecht

Photography: Leta Albrecht


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We look forward to expanding our current Story Time programming by adding new and familiar stories to share with young audiences.  Chione will be traveling to elementary schools throughout the Twin Cities. If you are interested in having Chione come to your or your child's school, simply fill out this form!



Chione is thrilled to welcome bassoonist, Alexandra Berndt and and flutist, Bethany Gonella to the ensemble for this residency.  They are both phenomenal musicians and women.  

We can't wait for you to hear and meet them!

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Alexandra Berndt

Bassoon, Reed Maker, Teacher


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 freelances throughout the Twin Cities.

In addition to maintaining a large private studio, she also serves as the adjunct bassoon professor at St. Cloud State University and the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. Berndt holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance with a Secondary Emphasis in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance summa cum laude from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). A 2010 Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, she also attended the summer music festivals at the Brevard Music Center and the Banff Music Centre. 

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Bethany Gonella

Flute, Piccolo, Baroque Flute, Teacher


Bethany Gonella (previously Bethany Summersgill) is a flutist and piccolo player based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  She performs as an extra/substitute musician with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra and plays regularly in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Winona Symphony Orchestra.  

She is available to perform at social and religious events as a soloist or with small chamber groups. If you are interested in hiring her as a performer for an event, please contact Bethany to learn more.

Bethany maintains an active flute teaching studio along with her performance work and enjoys working with students of all levels and ages.  She teaches both privately in the Twin Cities and as adjunct flute professor at Winona State University.  If you are interested in flute lessons, please visit the lessons page for information.

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