Cassandra Bendickson is a freelance bassoonist and contrabassoonist (whenever she can get her hands on one!) living in beautiful Tucson, Arizona and has been playing professionally for more than 20 years. Her love for this glorious instrument was cemented in elementary school when a bassoon quartet darkened the sunny stage with its dulcet, tenor tones. She holds a Masters in Bassoon Performance from the University of Arizona and has held principal positions with the Tucson Chamber Orchestra (where she also served as Personnel & Stage Manager), Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Tucson, and the Bella Caritá Chamber Ensemble. She is an active member of the Tucson Local 33 chapter of the American Federation of Musicians and the International Double Reed Society.
Cassandra has been included on recordings from David Maslanka's "Mass" (bsn/cbsn) to Sandi Siegel's albums "Dancing Home" and "Dizzying Rain" (bsn), and various albums by Chris Black. She has performed internationally in Japan and Mexico, including the Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Alamos, MX and Arenal Festival of Contemporary Music in Hermosillo, MX with the LüftBassoons Quartet, and more locally with the St. Francis & Clare Theatre Ensemble, Arizona Repertory Singers, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and with Celtic Woman's “Winter Wonderland 2012” tour.
Ms. Bendickson regularly appears with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra (TRO), on the St. Philip’s Friends of Music programs and in small chamber ensembles, such as the TRO Wind Quintet (Crowded Quartet), LuftBassoons, Tucson Duo Project, and in the Tucson Garage Classical series known as ChamberLab. Cassandra has also been lucky enough to have been included in concerts to benefit such organizations as the St. Philip's Summer Music Program, Imago Dei Middle School, Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, the Academy for Cancer Wellness, and the world famous All Souls' Procession of Tucson.
In December of 2013, Cassandra founded a Tucson branch of the acclaimed Church of Beethoven concert series begun originally in Albuquerque, NM by Felix Wurman. Dedicated to breaking down the "Fourth wall" between performers and concert goers, this series celebrates chamber music and the art of the spoken word in more intimate and casual settings. Cassandra also maintains a growing private lesson studio, a reed-making business, and a home with a beloved family and many pets!
groups in which I bassoon
tucson duo project
tucson repertory orchestra
bella carita chamber orchestra
church of beethoven-tucson
southern az symphony
I bassoon-ed in that
2011 IDRS Performance
Winds, Keys, & Cords Concert
Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado
Concert Without Borders 2017 & 2019
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