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Equipped with a bright, bell-like voice, Canadian mezzo-soprano Cassidy Stahr lives and works as a freelance vocalist and arranger in Victoria, BC. She graduated with her BMus in Voice Performance with distinction from the University of Victoria in July 2020.

A winner of the 2019 UVic Concerto Competition, Cassidy’s spring performance of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the University Orchestra has been postponed. She has a choral scholarship position at Christ Church Cathedral, and remains an active member of their music community by singing in their pre-recorded and live Sunday services as pandemic restrictions relax. She frequents baroque and early music festival concerts, most recently as a soloist in Pacific Baroque Ensemble’s Old Music for the New Year concert series. In addition to her debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in Puccini’s Il Trittico in October 2019, she was a featured artist in their 2020 summer outreach program, Pop-up Opera: an accessible concert series exhibited in various public spaces in the greater Victoria area.

Throughout her undergraduate degree, Cassidy was a chief organizer of the award-winning UVic Vocal Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensemble, and she regularly composes arrangements for solo and small-ensemble vocal jazz groups.

She has a musical theatre and dance background, having studied at the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts, and taken part in many large-scale community theatre productions in the Tri-Cities area of greater Vancouver. Some of her favourite past roles include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Gingy and Dragon in Shrek: The Musical, and Iago in Aladdin.