Music has been an important part of my life since I was a baby – literally. I’ve been told stories of how I would only fall asleep if the Final Jeopardy! song was playing. Growing up, I was in choir, performed in a handful of youth musicals, and was often hanging around the band room in my free time in high school. I studied Journalism at Algonquin College and worked for four years with a television magazine, but in April 2017, after living in Ottawa for my whole life, I moved to Halifax on a whim. I’ve got to say, it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made, and I’m thrilled to be with the Symphony and able to give back to such a wonderful, vibrant community.
Q&A with Cassie
Do you play an instrument?
Do my vocal chords count as an instrument? I love singing, and a couple of years ago I taught myself how to play the ukulele.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to relax at home with my dog, go for long walks when the weather is nice out, tend to my indoor garden, and – when inspiration strikes me – bake!
What’s your favourite movie/book/TV show of all time?
My favourite TV show is Game of Thrones, and I am a big fan of Agatha Christie novels and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. My favourite movie of all time is the Henry Fonda-starring 12 Angry Men.
What do you do to relax?
Close the curtains, turn off my phone, and huddle under a pile of blankets with a book.
Who is the person who most influenced you, and how/why?
It is honestly a three-way tie between my high school choir teacher, my high school music teacher, and my high school English teacher. The first two, Ms. DeCoeur and Mr. Curtis, fostered my love of music, and my English teacher, Mr. Dolan, really made English fun to learn and understand.