Clarinetist Kim Cassisa is a performer and educator based in Iowa City, IA. She has performed abroad in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and contributes to the musical landscape of her own community by performing frequently at schools, churches, retirement homes, and other community spaces. She is an avid chamber musician; current projects include the Wild Prairie Winds, Unsilent Duo, and IoWinds. In addition to chamber music, she plays with regional orchestras and performs regular solo programs. As winner of the University of Mississippi Concert Competition in 2016, she had the opportunity to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the LOU Symphony Orchestra.
Kim has been able to share her teaching philosophy with students ranging from elementary to collegiate level over the years, encouraging them to strengthen their core tone through focus on fundamentals and to develop the skills to self-critique and practice effectively. She served as Teaching Assistant for the clarinet studio at the University of Iowa and maintains a private studio serving Iowa City and the surrounding areas.
As a proponent of new music, she has premiered works and commissioned pieces from composers for both solo and chamber settings. Her programs center around the relevance of music in today’s age and the promotion of contemporary works.
She is currently finishing her M.A. in performance at the University of Iowa, where she studies with Jorge Montilla. A native of Mississippi, Kim graduated in 2018 with a B.M. in performance from the University of Mississippi and the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors as a Taylor Medalist, the highest award available at the university. She studied in Mississippi for eight years under Dr. Michael Rowlett. She is also an alumni programs including Talis Chamber Music Festival, Mostly Modern Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, LIFT Clarinet Academy, and Eastern Music Festival.