Violist Cassandra Sulbarán completed her Doctoral studies at the University of Maryland in 2011, and is currently working on disseminating her dissertation, titled “Music for the Viola from Latin America and Spain: Canción y Baile”. In August 2013, Cassie began a one-year teaching position at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, teaching private viola lessons, chamber music, and violin/viola literature courses. She is currently viola and chamber music faculty at the South Shore Conservatory, just outside of Boston, in addition to serving as violin/viola faculty at the Braintree Conservatory and working with YOFES, an El Sistema program serving the Haitian community in Boston.
A native of Saratoga Springs, NY, Dr. Sulbarán began her musical studies on piano and violin, later dedicating herself to viola in undergrad. She graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College in 2005, completing her Bachelors degree in viola performance with Debra Moree. Cassandra continued her studies at the University of Maryland, completing her Masters degree in 2007 under the tutelage of Katherine Murdock, and finally her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Daniel Foster in 2011.
Cassandra has appeared in recitals in New York and Maryland, as well as with various orchestral and chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Venezuela. Dr. Sulbarán attended the Tanglewood Young Artists Program, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Italy), the National Orchestral Institute, and the Blas Traditional Music Festival (Ireland).
In addition to her studies, Cassie is a dedicated performer and ardent proponent of Latin American music. Through her performances and outreach as the violist with Cuarteto Rustico, she has been able to educate audiences about the vast array of chamber music works written by Latino composers. Together with her husband, Carlos Sulbarán, she is the violist for Duo Anhelante, a viola-Venezuelan cuatro duo that specializes in the traditional and folkloric music of Venezuela. Outside of chamber music, Cassie is a regular substitute with the Annapolis Symphony (MD), Binghamton Symphony (NY), Lancaster Symphony (PA), and various other orchestras and ensembles.
An avid educator, Dr. Sulbarán is an invited professor with FESNOJIV, or El Sistema, in Venezuela, teaching both violin and viola at a nucleo in Acarigua-Araure. She is currently the viola instructor at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy in Ithaca, NY, and maintains a private studio in Boston, MA. Cassie performs on a 2013 Hiroshi Iizuka viola. Read more about his unique instruments here.