Growing up on a farm outside Moorhead, Minnesota, John Altenbernd (aka Aldo) discovered an early interest in piano by listening to his mother play. His love of the keys was born, and he began taking lessons at age ten from a local piano teacher. A natural musician, by age 15 he accompanied the church choir and served as church choir director for the high school students for seven years. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from Moorhead State University, where he was introduced to the field of musical scoring. He has since scored several television shows, documentaries, and other projects.

John is most proud of the Upper MidWest Emmy award he won for his work on the PBS documentary, Delafield. Other notable projects include the nationally syndicated PBS series Painting with Paulson and the theme to the popular Prairie Public Television kids' series, Kid's Zone. His music has been picked up by national television shows, including the Today Show, As the World Turns, Last Call with Carson Daly, NPR, and the Rosie O’Donnell Show, among others. Additionally, he served as the music director of the Black Swan Dinner Theatre in Fargo, ND for one year before moving to Minneapolis to join a friend’s band, Nero's House Band, that played throughout the Twin Cities metro area during the 1990s.

John has released six albums under his nickname, Aldo, which he got tagged with at age 15 (long story). In 2002, he released Expressions, available exclusively through Cardtunes, a locally-owned promotional company. He can also be heard on the award-winning Acoustitherapy series from Colorado Creative Music.


Aldo's catalog of seven albums includes two holiday albums. You can listen to one-minute samples, purchase, and learn more about each title below.


The first single, Stem the Tide, is released!

Many choices to listen to Stem the Tide:

Apple Music
Amazon Music

Read the first review from Radio Airplay.

Track Listing & Release Dates:
Stem the Tide : 8/3/2021

One by One


Note by Note
Winter 2016
Jingle Bells (single)
Winter 2013
Winter 2005
Fall 2002
Winter 1999
Hunter of Dreams
Fall 1998
Treasures of the Soul
Fall 1996 / Reissue 2004

*This is a full sized album cover in sticker form with a crack and peel back where the individual download codes are printed.


Acoustitherapy is acoustic instrumental music that is always soft and soothing. These beautiful combinations of harp, guitar, flute, cello, violin, and piano as well as native and world instruments are never loud or fast. The instruments give a natural vibrational energy to a music that is never obtrusive. The variety of instruments produce collections that are never repetitive. The different titles give you music you need to calm your mind, lighten your environment, warm your heart, relieve your tension, or free your spirit.

Aldo can be heard on these recordings from Colorado Creative Music.

Spring 1997
Spring 2000
Gentle Passion
Spring 2003
Spring 2004

The Studio

Power Note Productions specializes in musical backgrounds for corporate videos, training videos, documentaries, commercials, the Internet, and film projects.

We’re experts in listening to your ideas and translating them into the perfect musical background for your project. Each piece is individually composed by an artist trained and experienced in musical composition and style. We treat each client with dignity and respect. When you trust your project to Power Note Productions, you’re assured prompt attention and professional service. The end product is the best the industry has to offer in musical background production.

Emmy Winning Best Documentary of 2003!
The Delafield documentary won an Emmy from the Upper Midwest Chapter for Best Documentary! Power Note Productions provided the music for No Boy At All, LLC.

More Precious Than Gold examines the important water issues facing North Dakota and poses the questions the region must answer about its future.

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Delafield: The farm community around a 125-year-old rural church is dying. Church members decide to sacrifice their church as the responsible thing to do.

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Schmeckfest looks at traditional foods, savory recipes and folk memories are important in the history and culture of the Germans from Russia community. Prairie Public Television has produced this second videotape documentary focusing on foods as folk survivals.

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The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie is the story of the Germans from Russia—agricultural pioneers on several continents whose quest for land and peace shaped them into a distinctive and enduring ethnic group.

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Pyramids on the Prairie features the history and architecture of the Winnipeg Exchange District in Manitoba, Canada.

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