For thirteen seasons, Matt Bertrand was a member of the South Dakota Symphony before stepping down to focus more on performing and teaching in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Currently, Matt is a member of Music Saint Croix, a professional chamber music group based in Stillwater, MN. In addition, he has also performed as a substitute bassoonist with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, as well as various other ensembles and theaters around the metropolitan area. Matt also maintains a small private teaching studio out of his home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education. Principal teachers include Russell Peterson and John Miller.