Graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) with Patrick Nolan, Cassandra (Cassie) Slater is currently in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music under the guidance of Virginia Taylor.
Cassie was a semi-finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition in 2018 and a semi-finalist in the Australian Flute Festival Competition in 2017. She has been awarded the O'Brien Family Prize, the Donald Tugby Music Performance Prize and is a University of Queensland Dean’s Scholar.
During her time at ANAM, Cassie has performed and toured with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, toured with renowned flute pedagogue Wally Hase, performed the Debussy Trio with Marshall McGuire, and was selected to perform for BBC Symphony Principal Flautist Michael Cox. She has also performed alongside Eighth Blackbird and Grammy award-winning flautist, Tim Munro.
Cassie has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra through Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, and is looking forward to touring through Europe and China on their International Tour this year.
After refining her skills in Australia, she dreams that her love for the flute will take her overseas to pursue further study. If you’re ever up early enough, you’ll catch Cassie and her flute bike riding to the various practice rooms and concert halls!
IN CASSANDRA'S WORDS
“Once, just once, my flute almost slipped from my hands during performance, but I managed to catch it mid-air and keep on playing. The performance was for an aged care home so I feel lucky that I kept my calm.”
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by Di Jameson
Photo by Pia Johnson