Faculty Profile

Ryan Berndt

NMS Trumpet Faculty
Berndt records with Gaudete Brass on the Cedille label


Ryan Berndt is one of the trumpet players in the Gaudete Brass Quintet, a touring chamber ensemble which plays over sixty concerts a year. He  has performed with numerous ensembles including the Silk Road Ensemble, Chicago Civic Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim and Jay Friedman, and the Minnesota Orchestra under Eiji Oue. Berndt is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he earned an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies. He has also earned degrees of Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Music from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN.


Ryan Berndt is excited to use his passion and excitement for music to encourage and inspire his students to become better musicians. His approach and success in teaching is simple: each person's individual experiences and personal goals influence the way they learn and understand music. Appreciation for these different and unique perspectives enables him to create dramatic learning styles that are highly customized for each individual student’s musical needs. Mr. Berndt strongly believes in teaching all musical genres of the expansive trumpet repertoire since each style provides the opportunity for the student to develop crucial fundamentals needed to become a complete musician.

Ryan Berndt brings a strong background in both education and performance to New Music School. At the collegiate level, Ryan was the trumpet professor for six years at the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana, and has taught master classes at Juilliard, Eastman, University of Michigan, Carthage College and Lincoln Memorial University. Many of his students have gone on to pursue music in college and graduate school. Currently, he is a guest coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras brass quintet and teaches trumpet lessons and sectionals at Lincoln Park High School.