Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich is Associate Professor of Flute and Music Education at Slippery Rock University. She is the principal flutist with the Butler Symphony Orchestra (Butler, PA) and has performed with the Florida Grand Opera, Florida Sunshine Pops, and New World Symphony. She has also performed and recorded with top artists including George Benson, Michael Feinstein, Dave Grusin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark O’Connor, Terence Blanchard, Jon Secada, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, Pharrell Williams, Josh Groban, Lou Gramm and groups including The Jacksons, Evanescence, Take 6, and Tiempo Libre.
As a chamber music artist and an advocate of new music, she enjoys working with emerging composers, commissioning, and premiering new works. She has performed locally and abroad at numerous conferences and events including a recent world premiere at the beautiful Ghent Opera House in Belgium. Dr. Eisenreich has won National and International competitions through the National Flute Association and International Low Flute Festival and is a Trevor James Alto Flute Artist.
As a private teacher, Dr. Eisenreich’s flute students have won national competitions through the Marcel Moyse Society and the National Flute Association and have been admitted into prestigious music programs and ensemble festivals around the world. She has served as the chair of the National Flute Association Pedagogy Committee, a group that recently published a diverse list of graded repertoire and studies to assist flute teachers of all levels in selecting diverse literature for their students.
With the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience music, she has implemented outreach initiatives locally and abroad, giving children the opportunity to explore their creativity through music. She founded and currently directs the SRU Early Childhood and Elementary Music Community Engagement Initiative, which has ongoing collaborations with Early Learning Connections, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Concerts for Children. She is also a Music Education Specialist for Nuvo Instrumental, where she helped design and develop the WindStars Curriculum (Winner of NAMM: "Best Tools for Schools" and "Best in Show").
Drawing upon Dalcroze Eurhythmics to create connections within all areas of music, Dr. Eisenreich serves on the board of the Dalcroze Society of America and has given Eurhythmics workshops for elementary, secondary, and collegiate students, and professional groups ranging from chamber music ensembles to general classroom teachers. She also has extensive training and teaching experience in Orff Schulwerk, Suzuki Flute, Conversational Solfege, World Music Drumming, Kindermusik, Musikgarten, Modern Band, and Zumbini.
Her current research interests in early childhood and elementary music include music, movement, and creativity; interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches; and incorporating popular music that engages and inspires students. She has taught and presented at conferences throughout the United States and internationally, and through her mentorship, many of her students have also been accepted to present their work. She recently co-authored a chapter on Assessment in the Dalcroze Classroom that was published in the Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education.
Prior to Slippery Rock University, she served on the faculty at Barry University, Towson University, the Frost Preparatory Program, and was the former Outreach and Program Coordinator at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. Dr. Eisenreich completed her D.M.A. and M.M. in Flute Performance with an emphasis in Music Education at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying with Trudy Kane.