A highly sought after freelance bassist, Cassidy Morgan has performed with some of the nation's best orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Indianapolis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Richmond (VA) Symphony, and others. As a chamber musician, Cassidy has collaborated with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He has also performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and acted as Principal Bass of the conductor-less Washington D.C.-based chamber ensemble, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. Cassidy holds degrees from the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, the University of Maryland, and Indiana University. Cassidy’s principal teachers include Bruce Bransby, Richard Barber, Robert Oppelt, Albert Laszlo, and Steve Benne. Cassidy also has a passion for historically informed performance practices; in the spring of 2016, he received his doctorate from the University of Maryland-College Park where he wrote a dissertation on the Viennese violone, the double bass instrument used in Vienna during the late eighteenth century.
Cassidy’s passion for teaching stems from his own experiences working with world renowned pedagogues. Throughout his studies, Cassidy was taught how to approach technical challenges in a variety of ways. It is his belief that every student has a unique path to learning and can draw on these approaches to help the student break through their technical barriers so that they can enjoy the art of making music.