Resident Composer Spotlight: Cassie Wieland

Cassie Wieland is one of eight Resident Composers selected for the 2022 Mizzou International Composers Festival from a total of 532 applicants from 49 countries.


Cassie Wieland    Photo credit: Anna Longworth

Cassie Wieland (pronounced ˈkæ-si ˈwee-lənd) is an Illinois-born and Brooklyn-based composer. 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. The Road to Sound stated, “Wieland’s visceral compositions send chills up your spine.”

Ms. Wieland has been commissioned and had her works performed by line upon line percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, Metropolis Ensemble, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, ~Nois, violinist Jennifer Koh, clarinetist Ken Thomson, percussionist Adam Groh, and Illinois Modern Ensemble, among others. Her music has been featured at events such as Bang on a Can Marathon, Hot Air Music Festival, MKE Unplugged, the Red Note New Music Festival, and the Maryland Wind Festival.

She was recently named a 2022 Roulette Resident Artist, 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, NPR, and in The New York Times, Financial Times, Musical America, I Care if You Listen, AnEarful, and The Road to Sound.

Ms. Wieland is currently working in Brooklyn as a freelance composer and as a Senior Rights Management Coordinator for The Orchard. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Illinois State University, and an Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Illinois.

For the MICF, she has written a new work, Consolation Prize (2022), which will have its world premiere July 30 at 7:30 pm at the Missouri Theater. The concert will feature Alarm Will Sound playing world premiere performances by all eight Resident Composers.

You can hear samples of Cassie Wieland’s music on her website.