Cascade School of Music News

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.

Haley Jo Shaw Wins the Fortissimo Award for March

04 Apr 2018
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce Haley Jo Shaw, a vocal student of Cullie Treichler, as the Fortissimo Award winner for March..


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.


Cullie Treichler states, “Haley Jo Shaw is a remarkable young woman. She is unassuming with her natural singing talent and a joy to work with. She is dedicated to developing her gift into skillful artistry and yet maintains a light heart in her studies. She is an exquisite human being and her intrinsic beauty is conveyed in her stage presence and singing voice. It is truly an honor to work with her and witness her development of vocal freedom and poise..”


Along with an award certificate, Haley received a $100 scholarship toward her private lessons, and a gift from award sponsor Cuppa Yo and Cascade Indoor Sports. Haley 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.

Kaia Kochersberger Wins March 2018 Rising Star Award

02 Apr 2018
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Cascade School of Music is proud to announce that 10 year old flute student, Kaia Kochersberger, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for February. Kaia is a student of Krista Aasland, and the daughter of Abigail and John Kochersberger of Bend.


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.

Abigail, Kaia ’s mother, states “Kaia brings an undeniable focus and diligence to all that she commits herself to, whether that be music, academics or her creative endeavors.  She is often found sculpting intricate clay creations, exploring the wonders of nature or absorbed in a good book. Kaia has competed on the local swim team for several years, is a committed caretaker of foster animals, and finds true delight in her music, whether that is playing piano and flute, singing in the choir or strumming on the ukulele.  Beyond any activity, hobby or talent, however, we love that she is compassionate, conscientious, attentive and walks through life with a heart full of love and gratitude.”


Krista Aasland states, “Kaia advanced on the flute faster than any student I’ve ever had. At ten years old and one year of flute study, she is more advanced than many high school students.”


Along with an award certificate, Kaia received a $50 scholarship toward her private lessons and goody bags from award sponsors Cascade Indoor Sports, Cuppa Yo, and Cascade School of Music. Kaia 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.

Cascade School of Music Spring Break Closure

26 Mar 2018 We will be closed March 26-30 for Spring Break. There will be no classes or lessons held during this time. There will be limited administrative hours on the 26-28th from 9:00 - 3:00 P.M.

Jennie Birge Wins the Rising Star Award for February 2018

08 Mar 2018
blog Cascade School of Music is proud to announce 15 year old guitar student, Jennie Birge, has been awarded the Rising Star Award for February. Jennie is a student of Matt Gwinup, and the daughter of Rachel Birge of Bend.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 [...]