Cassandra M Lyons is a dynamic violinist and celebrated collaborative performer, actively performing on stages throughout New England and the Tri-State area. Cassandra plays with the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and CT Lyric Opera, hailed for its “passionate and emphatic playing” as the premier professional chamber orchestra in the state for more than twenty years. Cassandra has participated in the ‘We the People’ cultural response concert series, a four-part musical demonstration of the diverse cultures and that comprise the patchwork of the true American spirit. Additionally, Cassandra performs recital series and serves as an event musician with collaborating colleagues throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Cassandra performs regularly at the Bushnell Hartford, Trinity-on-Main, and the Garde New London. Cassandra was the recipient of merit scholarships throughout her pursuits in higher education. Cassandra plays a violin dated to 1798 in France, generously on loan from the Virtuosi.
Cassandra is a sought-after teacher, known by her students to have a “warm, friendly and effective” approach (Princeton String Academy, review 2022). Cassandra has guided her students to develop technical excellence and mastery throughout their repertoire work and practice habits. Cassandra uses elements of mindfulness and sequential skill building to encourage students to play intuitively and with musical sensitivity. Cassandra completed her Masters’ studies in performance and Suzuki Talent Education at the Hartt conservatory, and trained to teach the Suzuki repertoire with renowned educator Teri Einfeldt. Cassandra’s students have played in Chamber Institute for Young Musicians and have prepared successful auditions to compete in conferences including NJSMA, CMEA, and MMEA orchestras, conservatory programs, and international tours with Norwalk Youth Symphony. Cassandra has appeared as a master class guest and instructor reaching students in Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Cassandra seeks to inspire the next generation of musicians to extend their music-making as a display of harmony and goodwill across boundaries of race, creed, and generation.