Cassie Lear

Flutist and Teacher

 Photography by  David Dosset  2015

Photography by David Dosset 2015

Cassie is an active performer and teacher based in Seattle, Washington, USA. She is particularly interested in the music of today. Cassie recently moved to Seattle from Denton, TX, where she was active in the new music community at University of North Texas and performed at the 2014 Electric LaTex Computer Music festival and at the 2015 International Computer Music Conference, as well as performed many pieces with Nova, the UNT new music ensemble. Cassie has also premiered over 80 pieces with the Oregon-based woodwind quintet Five, which was awarded first place in the 2010 Areon Flutes International Chamber Music Competition. 

She has performed with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the University of Oregon Symphony, the Oregon Wind Ensemble, the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Eugene Contemporary Chamber ensemble, and was featured on the soundtrack of two short films, several plays, and one feature-length horror film.

Cassie has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium and the nief norf Summer Festival, was the winner of the 2017 Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition, 2017 Maverick Solo Competition in Arlington, TX, won third place in the 2013 Seattle Flute Society Young Artists Competition and was a 2012 finalist in the University of Oregon Concerto/Aria Competition. Cassie received her MM from the University of North Texas, studying with Terri Sundberg, Elizabeth McNutt, and James Scott, and her BM cum laude from the University of Oregon, where she studied with Molly Barth. Other principal teachers include Zart Eby and Laura Werner.

Cassie is currently spending the summer in Italy, where she will play in a masterclass with Tony Arnold, participate in various concerts at the SoundSCAPE contemporary music festival, and perform as part of the festival orchestra for the International Lyric Academy in Rome and Tarquinia.