About Cassa

Who We Are

2019 is our 26th year. We started in 1993 with the brilliant idea of providing a summer workshop for piano students. We now offer eight fine arts programs plus an annual recital. Our courses are designed for fun and education for a wide range of interests and ages. 

For more than two decades, Cassa has provided quality arts education with a high level of professional instruction within a completely unique, inter-disciplinary summer arts school. Whether students are only beginning their artistic education or are advanced in their studies, Cassa has something for everyone! Cassa is the summer school for the arts!

Initiated in 1993 by a small group of Calgary music teachers in collaboration with a local piano dealer and incorporated in 1996 as a non-profit society, Cassa Musical Arts (previously the Calgary Arts Summer School Association - Cassa) has grown into a comprehensive summer arts program representing numerous artistic disciplines. 

Since its inception, over 5000 students from age four through adult have participated in the diverse and innovative programs offered by CASSA in various years including Cassa Musical, Cassa Piano, Cassa Adult Piano, Cassa Jazz,  Cassa PlayWriting, Music, Cassa Kids, Cassa Pedagogy, and Cassa Recital. 

While these programs tend to attract participants from Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, some come from the United States, and others from more distant regions — the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and South America.

Cassa is a registered charity and donations to Cassa are tax-deductible.

Mission Statement

Cassa Musical Arts seeks to provide an all-inclusive performing, literary and visual arts experience to individuals of all ages and levels. These creative programs and events will foster desire and develop potential in a non-competitive environment, which will enhance communication skills, friendships, collaboration, citizenship, academic development, confidence, and a life-long appreciation for the arts.

Participants feel empowered to:

  • Develop their potential
  • Be an appreciative audience
  • Support the arts

Building Our Vision

Cassa is the summer school for the arts!

Cassa is a committed self-sufficient organization. To ensure the availability of its year-round innovative and exceptional programs, Cassa continually implements dynamic funding strategies, acknowledges its supporters and satisfies the needs of the community. 

Unique Opportunities for Students to Learn and Grow

Cassa's programs offer unique opportunities for students to learn and grow, to interact in a social setting, to be introduced to various disciplines of the arts, to enhance their skills, and to come away with a positive and fulfilling experience. 

Participating instructors have the opportunity to interact with and learn from their immediate peers and gain greater insight into pedagogical theories and practices through working with guest clinicians.

Parents and members of the general public are able to experience the culmination of these collaborative efforts through attending recitals and open house events. Cassa strives to provide these programs at a cost that is non-prohibitive. Bursaries and Grants-in-Aid are available for students in financial need.

We Have Talented and Dedicated People!

Cassa is a member of Volunteer Canada. We rely on volunteers for most of our work. Without them it would be difficult; if not impossible to present programs of this calibre to students in our city. (Thanks Volunteers!) Because we cater to students of all ages (including very young students), we welcome volunteers for assistance in supervision and food preparation with our younger students. If you have some time to assist during the summer or even during the rest of year when we are organising programs; please contact Linda Kundert at 403-271-0418 or use our email contact form.

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Registered Charity 88490 6249 RR0001. Donations are always welcome. Contents, logo and images © Cassa 2019-2020 except where noted.