“Wieland’s visceral compositions send chills up your spine.” — The Road to Sound
“[Wieland] demonstrates loads of sonic personality.” — AnEarful
Cassie Wieland (pronounced ˈkæ-si ˈwee-lənd) is an Illinois-born and Brooklyn-based composer. Throughout her wide range of work for instruments and electronics she delves into intimate subject matters of human connection, interaction, and expression in various ways, ranging from exploration of found text to forming connections between natural phenomena and everyday life. Praised by The New York Times as “sweetly shimmering,” Wieland masterfully experiments with timbre and texture by exploring intimate and fragile sounds to achieve the “hand-made” sound she is often looking for: imperfect, but intentional.
Cassie has been commissioned and performed by line upon line percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, ~Nois, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Liminal Space Ensemble, clarinetist Ken Thomson, percussionist Adam Groh, and Illinois Modern Ensemble, among others. Her music has been featured at events such as the Bang on a Can Marathon, Hot Air Music Festival, MKE Unplugged, the Red Note New Music festival, and the Maryland Wind Festival. Cassie has also been twice recognized as an ASCAP Morton Gould finalist and as the 2018 composer in residence for the Maryland Wind Festival. She has recently been named a 2020 Roulette Commissioned Artist and an inaugural Bouman Fellow for the 2019-2020 Kinds of Kings season. Her music has been featured on New Sounds, The New York Times, Financial Times, Musical America, I Care if You Listen, AnEarful, and The Road to Sound.
Cassie is currently working in Brooklyn as a freelance composer, a label assistant for Cantaloupe Music, and an audio apprentice for Roulette Intermedium. She holds a BM degree in Composition from Illinois State University and an MM degree in Composition from the University of Illinois.
Recent/upcoming projects include ANATOMY, a series of solo works for various instruments each focusing on a different part of the human body, as well as new works for Isabelle O’Connell and Vicky Chow.
She enjoys string lights, cooking in her tiny kitchen, and going for a run about once a month.