photo by Bryan Parker Photography

photo by Bryan Parker Photography

Cassie Shankman

Leading biomedical music composer & health and wellness DJ

Cassie Shankman is an Austin-based composer, orchestrator, pianist and DJ CASS&RA (DJ Cassandra). As a composer and orchestrator, she has been recognized for her work with film, visual artists, chamber groups, wind ensembles, apps, musicals, and music therapy technology. Visit her IMDB page for more information on her past and upcoming projects. As a performer, she's played with legendary musicians such as jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at Lincoln Center, DEVO's frontman Mark Mothersbaugh to indie-rock artist Ben Kweller for SXSW. As a DJ, specializing in health & wellness, she has DJ'd for clients such as the US Women’s Volleyball Team, Wanderlust Yoga, Outdoor Voices, Fabletics, Teen Vogue, Lyft, Expedia, and Spredfast's SXSW Social Suite 3-Day House Party, with over 3,000 people in attendance. You can find more about her upcoming shows on her instagram page DJ CASS&RA. She previously played keys/synth in Austin local indie-band, Russel Taine Jr and previously for James Junius.

Cassie is also the Lead Composer on a music therapy project, creating compositions that use brain-based movement technology to help people walk again, with Austin's Center for Music Therapy on the Movement Tracks Project. She recently spoke at SXSW 2017 on this topic, "Movement Tracks: Where Biotech and Music Converge." You can watch the panel talk hereThe project was also a 2018 SXSW Innovation Award Finalist.

As a proponent for music education, Cassie not only teaches music lessons privately (message for serious inquires only), but is also the co-founder and head of marketing for Picardy, an interactive web app for developing theory and musicianship skills. She is also an active committee member for the Grammy Foundation's education board. She was a featured speaker for the Recording Academy/Grammy Texas Chapter's Career Day – you can view more information and the video here. Cassie previously was the Program & Media Manager/Lead Producer for the non-profit Golden Hornet, a music composition laboratory for commissioning and producing new and original works co-founded by composer Graham Reynolds.

Cassie's love for music, tech, and marketing brought her to do artist management and digital media marketing for various musicians, artists, actors, and tech companies across the U.S. She designed and executed client’s overall digital presence, promoted their assets, and coordinated tour marketing and promotion.

She is a graduate from The University of Texas with a degree in music composition and a secondary focus in film studies. She also studied music production with the Berklee College of Music. 

Check out a recent interview with Sightlines Magazine for the first KMFA 89.5FM "New Music Mixer" here and with artist/musician/writer Mary Bryce (SMiiLE & Dreamboat) here

Download Cassie's resume & artist CV (updated 2017).

Click here for Cassie's digital press kit (updated 2017).