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 was there so often that, even though I was only in choir, they let me go on the Grade 12 band trip.)
I studied Journalism at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, and worked for a number of years with a television magazine, but in 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 – I love this city and all of the people!
I’ve been working with Symphony Nova Scotia since 2018 (time flies when you’re having fun!), and I’m so grateful for all of my wonderful colleagues and all of our amazing musicians. Everyone is so passionate about their work and so good at what they do; it’s truly a pleasure working with these folks. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the Symphony’s vibrant community of music-lovers! I’ve met so many great people who’ve gifted me with unforgettable experiences, and I can’t wait to meet more of you.
Q&A with Cassie
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have two hobbies that I love: the first one is virtual photography, or what I colloquially call “screenarchery”. Essentially, you use a virtual camera program to line up and take screenshots in video games! My second hobby that I love: Dungeons and Dragons! I currently play in four different games, and they’re all so much fun!
What was the best day of your life?
Picking up my little dog Max for the first time when he was a puppy – and every day with him since.
What do you do to relax?
Curl up in some blankets with a nice cup of tea and daydream!
What’s your favourite indulgence?
A large pizza, Caesar salad, and watching The Princess Bride.
What’s your favourite movie/book of all time?
Favourite movie is the original 12 Angry Men, followed closely by Lilo and Stitch (I have ecclectic tastes!). Favourite book is a tie between A Wrinkle in Time and The Giver.
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.