Cascade School of Music News

Winter Break & School Closure

17 Dec 2018 No lessons or classes will be held during our Winter Break, December 24-January 4. 

Piano Teacher Wanted

13 Dec 2018 We are currently seeking a piano teacher to teach private lessons. Inquires for teaching opportunities can be directed to info@cascadeschoolofmusic.org. We request that applicants provide a resume and cover letter.

Message from the Director

10 Dec 2018 Dear Cascade School of Music Community,As the new Director of the Cascade School of Music, I have been truly inspired by the talent of our students, the dedication of our excellent faculty and staff, and the deep community support for our school. After many years of being supported by Bend Parks and Recreation in our old building, it is time for us to make way for a needed city redevelopment and to have more space to meet the growing need for music education in Central Oregon. Final [...]

Micah Slate Wins the Rising Star Award for 2018

24 Sep 2018
blog Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 11 year old Electric Bass student, Micah Slate, has been awarded the $500 Rising Star Scholarship Award for 2017 - 2018.  Micah is a Bass student of John Allen and participates in CSM’s Rock University under the direction of Nathan Wegner.

Kate Britton and Haley Shaw Win the Fortissimo Award for 2018

24 Sep 2018
blog Cascade School of Music is proud to announce that 14 year old Kate Britton, Piano, and 22 year old Haley Jo Shaw, Voice, were co-winners of the 2017 - 2018 Cascade School of Music Fortissimo Award Scholarship competition.  Each of these students received a $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at the Cascade School of Music. Kate is a student of Marianne Thomas and Haley Jo is a student of Cullie Treichler.

Claire Hetrick Wins the Rising Star Award for May, 2018

31 May 2018 Claire Hetrick Wins the Rising Star Award for May, 2018

Whitney Walden Wins the Fortissimo Award for May 2018

29 May 2018
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Whitney Walden Announced as the Fortissimo Award Winner for May, 2018

Clara Lampi Wins Gibson Hummingbird Guitar Raffle

15 May 2018
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We would like to congratulate Cascade School of Music student Clara Lampi as the winner of the Gibson Hummingbird guitar raffle!

The purpose of this raffle was to support the Tuition Assistance fund at the Cascade School of Music. We would like to give thanks to Gibson Guitars for their donation of this guitar. Because of this generous donation by Gibson, we were able to raise over $8,000 for our Tuition Assistance program!

A warm thank you to Kate Hanni, our Development Director, and her husband Tim Hanni for making this raffle happen!

Kate Britton Wins the Fortissimo Award for April 2018

23 Apr 2018
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 14 year old voice student, Kate Britton, has been awarded  the Fortissimo Award for April, 2018. Kate is a student of Marianne Thomas and the daughter of.


The Fortissimo Award recognizes students in year three and above of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort and achievement. These are Cascade School of Music’s best students. The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.


Kate is a private  student of Marianne Thomas and has been a student at the Cascade School of Music since 2012.


Maria Britton says, “Kate is a budding filmmaker and loves writing and shooting in her spare time. She hopes to study film in college. She’s also an animal lover and participates in 4-H. She hopes to be able to write and perform her own music and uses music as a way to express herself and relieve stress. She loves piano and singing, but hopes to take up guitar in the future.”  


Marianne Thomas states, “Kate is always prepared for her lesson and always early! She soaks in everything I teach and every week makes progress. She is also innately musical and exhibits natural artistry. Kate is also positive, respectful, and fun to be with.”


Along with an award certificate, Kate received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Cuppa Yo and Cascade Indoor Sports. Kate and subsequent monthly Fortissimo Award winners will compete head to head for a $1000 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music during Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 2, 2018.

Harper Jensen Wins the Rising Star Award for April 2018

23 Apr 2018
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce that 8 year old piano student, Harper Jensen, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for April. Harper is a student of Krista Aasland, and the daughter of.


The Rising Star Award recognizes students in year one or two of private instruction who exhibit talent, effort, and achievement.  The students who receive this award have been nominated by their teachers as showing both great promise as musicians along with great perseverance and commitment to their craft.

Bob Craveiro, Harper’s father, states “She is a renaissance girl. She loves to read and write stories; she is an artist, she enjoys science, math, and nature. Harper hopes to be a composer, performer, writer, and marine biologist (dolphins). But right now the most important ingredients in her life are her friends and family. In the morning she leaves her room and I hear the piano switch on. Then from the loft she begins to play. She fills our home with love.”


Krista Aasland states, “Harper is an adorable, petite young lady. She’s goofy and outgoing. But when she sits down at the piano, she becomes very serious and brings out every detail in the music. Her musicality is that of someone far beyond her years.”


Along with an award certificate, Harper received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Cascade Indoor Sports, Cuppa Yo, and Cascade School of Music. Harper and subsequent monthly Rising Star Award winners are the only students eligible to win the grand prize $500 scholarship to continue their music studies at Cascade School of Music, which will be announced at Crescendo Bendo to be held at the Tower Theatre on June 2, 2018.