Meet our clarinet player, Kim Cassisa! K


How long have you been with the quintet?:

I joined the quintet in the fall of 2019. 

What’s your favorite animal?:

Lions! The Lion King was always my favorite movie, and I used to say I wanted to be a lion when I grew up. Sometimes I still want to.

What’s your favorite part of playing chamber music?:

I have a lot of favorite parts, but probably the way you can communicate musically within a small ensemble. It’s so freeing to have autonomy in chamber music, and unlike when you play in a band or orchestra, you can make musical decisions in the moment and trust your colleagues to respond. I also love being able to see people’s personalities come out in the way they play and getting to know people better by playing music together. 

What has been your favorite performance so far with the quintet?:

I really liked performing at the Washington Public Library. The audience was very engaged and I loved that we had to make do with some make-shift stands. 

What advice do you have for a young player interested in chamber music?

Find a friend you like being around and ask them to play with you! It’s always the most rewarding to make music with someone you genuinely enjoy being around, so that’s a good place to start. If you can’t find music for your two (or more) instruments, then make something! There’s lots of free resources on the internet now to write and print music, so try arranging a song or piece you like for your instruments.