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Regional Chapters Self Nominations 2024
Apr 09

Your NameKassandra Ormsby-Hutcheson
Pronouns (optional):She/her
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Home/Work Address203 29th Ave NE, Unit 30, Hickory, NC, 28601
Regional ChapterSoutheast
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Any Vacant Position
I have been a member of IDRS:11-19 years
My interests are with the following instrument(s):
  • Bassoon
  • Contrabassoon
  • Historical Instruments (Bassoon Family)
Statement of Interest

I believe that my strong teaching, administrative, performance, entrepreneurial, and outreach background will make me a competitive candidate for this position. My desire to be a part of this initiative comes from my experiences in community engagement, particularly from various outreach events and double reed events and conferences. This joyous comradery is shared equally no matter one’s race, gender identity, physical ability, or cultural background. Participating in events and organizations is an exchange and collaboration between individuals with a common goal of the welfare of a community, whether it be on the national or local level. Music should be a two-way conversation where we encourage our communities to participate, and for us to provide as many resources that we can to make every music performance and program as accessible as possible. The end of the product for the musician is at the end of a performance, but it’s the beginning of something more for the audience.

Brief Biography

Bassoonist Kassandra Ormsby-Hutcheson is passionate about community outreach and is an active performer and teacher. As the Instructor of Bassoon at Lenoir Rhyne University, Kassandra is continuing to advocate and create opportunities for music to be accessible to her community. She is the small business owner of KassandraBassoon LLC and the founder of the nonprofit organization Music Ancestry®. Many musicians use their “musical family tree” as an important source of information and pride in their history. strives to fulfill its vision to create a knowledge database of music pedagogical lineage available to the entire online music community for free.

Kassandra has been able to create and help facilitate different programs and events on local and international levels. These events include Nadam: Music of India with Grammy nominated sarod virtuoso Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and violin maestro Ganesh Rajagopalan, masterclasses and performances by Belgian overtone flute and fujara maker Winne Clement, and in 2020 the creation of The Higday Instrument Petting Zoo. The program provided hands-on experiences to play and try musical instruments in a supervised environment with a goal of impacting the lives of as many students as possible with music. It reached over 4,600 children and their families in its first year.

Kassandra Ormsby-Hutcheson is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Bassoon Performance, is a graduate from the University of Missouri with a Master’s Degree in Bassoon Performance, and is also a graduate of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.