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Music | Art | Collaboration 

Creativity, whether innate or learned, is inescapably a part of how humans engage with the world. We use creativity in song, the written word, visual art… but we also wield it each time we problem-solve, navigate relationships, or plan to reach a goal. The world is a fascinating place, after all, and grappling with it—living in it—takes imagination.

To Cassidy, music’s, art’s—creativity’s—ability to cross social and cultural boundaries is what makes it invaluable. As a violinist and artistic visionary, Cassidy constantly seeks to create opportunities for artists to connect across disciplines, all while crafting engaging concert experiences that emphasize collaboration, newly composed or little heard repertoire, and above all an approachable atmosphere that compels mixed audiences. Some of her work includes the YInMn (‘in-min) Project, an Atlanta-based new-music festival introducing 21st-century listeners to a variety of “contemporary classical music” in intimate, visually engaging spaces; Converge, an Ann Arbor-based new music collective that aims to creatively broaden contemporary music’s audience base in the area; and To Bloom (2016), a live video production featuring solo violin and piano, contemporary dance, new compositions, and lighting and set design. Cassidy was named an EXCELerator Fellow in 2015 for her work with Converge, and her collaborations coincided with and have helped advance the development of a more active partnership between student composers and performers at the University of Michigan.

Current pursuits include developing the YInMn Project, planning tours with Room 1078, story-song-improvisation writing with Muqi Li, and completing a Master of Music under Markus Placci at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Cassidy earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan under David Halen, with dual concentrations in violin performance and music history.