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Cassandra Lear (she/her/hers)

DMA Student, Woodwind Performance
Graduate student Cassie Lear


Cassie Lear enjoys performing chamber music, working with living composers, and the opportunities music gives her to meet new people and explore the country and the world.

Cassie is on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest and Pierce College, as well as a woodwind coach for the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has taught in Washington, Oregon, Texas, St. John, Antigua and Kolkata, India. She is currently on the board of the Seattle Flute Society, the Music Advisory Panel of the Seattle Young Artists Festival, and directs the SFS Horsfall Competition. Cassie has performed with Orquestra Northwest, the SoundEdge Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, the Windsong Trio, other organizations in the greater Seattle area, and also regularly performs and tours with Onomatopoeia, her flute/saxophone/French horn trio. 

Cassie is a past first place winner of the Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the Maverick Flute Competition, second place winner at the Mid-South Young Artist Competition and the Kentucky Flute Society Chamber Competition, an alternate winner of the Francis Walton Solo Competition and her performance of Eli Fieldsteel’s Aerophoneme won an Audience Choice award at the LaTex Electronic Music Festival. Cassie has also performed at the National Flute Association Annual Conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Oregon Bach Festival, the International Lyric Academy in Italy, nief-norf Summer Festival, and has been featured on the soundtrack of two short films, several plays, and one feature-length horror film. She performed the Godard Valse with the Kolkata Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and G.P Telemann’s Concerto for Flute and Recorder in e minor in Seattle in November 2021.

  Cassie released her first album, Resilience, with pianist/composer Steven Luksan in 2019 and her second short EP, The Last Rose of Summer: A Quarantine Project  in 2020. The music she arranged for The Last Rose of Summer was published by ALRY Publications in 2021. Cassie has also arranged many works for flute/saxophone/French horn, including Haydn’s London Trio No. 1, portions of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, and W.A. Mozart’s Divertimento for Winds No. 1 in F Major. She has also composed a few short works for flutes and voice that will be premiered in June 2022.

Cassie is devoted to her students, many of whom have won awards, competitions, and auditions including placing in the Horsfall Flute Competition, winning the Williams 1st Music Competition, earning distinctions at Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, and being admitted to the University of North Texas to study music. 

Cassie holds a Bachelor of Music cum laude from the University of Oregon and a Master of Music from the University of North Texas.