Cass Sellers started playing violin in the DC Youth Orchestra Program at the age of 6 and progressed quickly, reaching the program’s top orchestra in middle school. At 15, Cass was invited to try playing the viola for a chamber project at DCYOP and decided to commit to the instrument. Throughout high school, Cass performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and the Organization of American States in both chamber and orchestral settings. Cass was invited twice to Eastern Music Festival, and has performed with Robert Vernon and Judy Kang, among others. Before being admitted to George Taylor’s studio at the Eastman School of Music, Cass studied with Amy Beth Horman, as well as Bryce Bunner of the President’s Own.
In addition to performing, Cass is passionate about teaching. Cass started teaching at the Children’s Orchestra of DC at the age or 17. Later, Cass won a fellowship to the LA Philharmonic’s Take A Stand symposium on El Sistema teaching. In school, Cass double majored in music performance and education and taught at ROCmusic, an El Sistema program in Rochester, New York. Since returning to the area, Cass has created and maintained a private studio while also working at both DCYOP and the Richardson School of Music.