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Cassandra Hesse

Casey Hesse

Cassandra Hesse has won the 2013 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Award for “Excellence in Service.” Sponsored by the Society for Music Teacher Education, the award is presented to graduating students who have demonstrated a direct and meaningful contribution throughout their time at the University, who portray effective leadership, and who are willing to give of their time, resources, and/or creative efforts for the betterment of music education. The award was presented to her based on her service to the Blue Band and to the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association.

Cassandra will graduate with a in music education in spring 2013. A student of Langston Fitzgerald, she is currently completing her student teaching experience at Hollidaysburg Senior High School with cooperating teacher Scott Sheehan, and at Frankstown Elementary School with Mary Villani. At Hollidaysburg, she conducts the high school wind ensemble, concert band, jazz band, and teaches theory courses. At the elementary school, Cassandra works with general music students grades K-4.

She is the recipient of the Jeffery David Calhoon Memorial Scholarship and the Dr. Ned C. and Jannette M. Diehl Scholarship. She was awarded Jury Recognition for trumpet performance during her undergraduate career, and was named to the Dean’s List every semester.

In addition to her activities as a scholar and performer at Penn State, Cassandra is also a member of a local ska band performing in the State College area. Her band, Wondershop Showdown, has performed in church services throughout the area and also in her home town of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. She has also substituted in local community ensembles such as the Keystone Society of Swing, the State College Municipal Band, and the Bavarian Stompers.  

The daughter of Steven and Michele Hesse, Cassandra plans to pursue a master’s degree in trumpet performance at the University of Delaware.