Cascade School of Music News

Fortissimo Award Winner: Tim Hakala

21 Oct 2019

Cascade School of Musicís Fortissimo Award Winner:  Tim Hakala, age 17, is a drum student of Meshem Jackson and son of Denise & Todd Hakala. The longtime drummer for CSMís rock band ďAnything But VanillaĒ and also an impressive beatboxer, Tim has his heart set on performing professionally. His attitude, work ethic, and talent will get him there.

All the Rising Star and Fortissimo award winners from throughout the 2019-2020 school year will perform at Cascade School of Musicís annual Crescendo Bendo Student Showcase at the Tower Theatre in May. For more information:, 541-382-6866,

Psychology Today Magazine: Music Participation is Linked to Teen Academic Achievement

02 Oct 2019

Students who participate in music-related activities between grades 7-12 achieve significantly higher scores on science, math, and English exams in high school than non-musical classmates, according to a new large-scale study. This research by Peter Gouzouasis and colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) involved a cohort of 112,916 public school students in Canada. These findings (Guhn et al., 2019) were published on June 24 in the Journal of Educational Psychology.  Read more.....

School Reopens at New Location

05 Jan 2019
blog Classes and lessons resume the week of January 7 at our new location!

Fiddle Club

18 Dec 2018 Our youth Fiddle Club led by Ginny Hollon begins on Saturday, January 19 from 2:30-4PM. The club meeting dates are February 16, March 2, April 6, and May [...]

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 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 CSMís 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