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 and performs with Wild Prairie Winds, a wind quintet that uses chamber music to promote environmental awareness in the Midwest. 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, 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.
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.