Cassandra Lynne Richburg, Viola
Cassandra Lynne Richburg is a soloist, recording artist, chamber, orchestral musician and teacher. She is a member of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra since its inception in 1992 and currently, Principal Violist with the Symphony Napa Valley since the fall of 2013. As a prolific recording artist and studio musician in Los Angeles for over a decade, Ms. Richburg has performed on more than 300 motion picture sound tracks for such movies as: Steel Magnolias, A Beautiful Mind, Monster’s Inc., Indiana Jones, Princess and the Frog, and Avatar. She has also performed with Academy and Emmy Awards Orchestras on several occasions, and with musicians for Soul Train, NAACP Image Awards, and Dancing with the Stars. Cassandra was invited to join the jury panel as an adjudicator for the 2014 William Primrose International Viola Competition.
In a recent San Francisco Chronicle newspaper review of a New Century Orchestra performance, Ms. Richburg’s playing of a passage was described as “strong melodic profile and dispatching [of] rapid-fire solo passages with striking aplomb.” Cassandra additionally has been a featured soloist with several orchestras which have included: New Century Chamber Orchestra, Lansing Symphony, National Arts Chamber Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Academy Orchestra.
Ms. Richburg is a Presidential Scholar in the arts and has won many competitions across the nation and abroad. Among such competitions were: First Prize in the William Primrose International Viola Competition, a special Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, First Prize in the Wendell Irish National Viola competition, First Prize in the California ASTA State Solo Competition, and Second Prize in the Julius Stulberg Competition. Cassandra was also selected for the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase Competition, and featured in a recital for radio station, WQXR-FM. Ms. Richburg performed on television station, WKAR, for the Michigan State University Young Artists Recital Series. She was the youngest performer in the video-taped “Master Viola Series” by Donald McInnes while a student at the University of Michigan.
As an Orchestral musician, Ms. Richburg has also held positions of Principal Violist with the Sacramento Symphony, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She has been a substitute violist and toured with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphonies, and has enjoyed many summers as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, also participating in chamber music performances, in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Cassandra was introduced to the viola at age ten through the Michigan Public Schools program in East Lansing, Michigan. She had private lessons from Professor Lyman Bodman at Michigan State University. During her college years, she attended the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California. At the University of Southern California she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees while studying principally with Professor Donald McInnes and also Professor Alan DeVeritch.
She loves teaching and enjoys an active Viola studio in Sacramento, CA, where she currently resides.