Cassandra Gibson began playing viola at nine years old and currently studies with Dr. Daniel Sweaney at the University of South Carolina. She will graduate with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in May 2021.
Cassandra believes that enjoying the instrument and music you play is essential to growth and teaches towards each individual’s passions and goals. As a teacher, Cassandra strives to foster a personal relationship with her students and believes that they will learn and succeed together. She also focuses on developing healthy practice habits by emphasizing setting goals at regular intervals and positivity. Her use of the Alexander Technique, or the development of healthy and relaxed use of the body when playing an instrument to avoid stress and injury, is a cornerstone to her teaching method. Cassandra studied the Alexander Technique under Laury Christie at the University of South Carolina in 2020.
While attending the University of South Carolina, Cassandra has performed in the USC Symphony and USC Chamber Ensembles. Outside of school, she performs with the Long Bay Symphony and interns with the South Carolina Philharmonic as well as the Koger Center for the Performing Arts. Cassandra taught viola for the USC String Project throughout 2019, as well as violin and viola during her time as a Summer Music Intern at the Patel Conservatory in her hometown of Tampa, FL, throughout 2016-2020. She also played in the pit orchestra for musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Hello, Dolly! during her summer internships.
In Cassandra’s spare time, she enjoys playing video games and painting. Some of her favorites video games are Pokémon, Animal Crossing, The Sims, Among Us, and Minecraft.
Cassandra is available for both in-person and virtual lessons!