Importance of Sponsors and Supporters

We talked in a previous blog post last year about the importance of a fundraising and it’s crucial role in how we operate as an organization. Equally important is the relationship we have with our sponsors and the invaluable support they have provided over the last 26 years. Without our supporters, we would be unable to provide the high standard of arts education that has become our trademark. Some of our sponsors have been with us from the beginning and others for many years. 

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Our longest-serving sponsor is St. John's Music, who provide the pianos and digital keyboards for our camps and other events throughout the year. The company has been in operation for almost a century, supporting musical education and providing instruments. St. John’s Music specializes in pianos and keyboards and we’ve been proud to partner with them, truly appreciating all their support over the last quarter-century. There are eight locations across Canada and the company firmly stands by its motto, “We believe in music.” And to ensure that everything sounds just right, our pianos are tuned each time by Murray’s Piano Services, another highly valued supporter of our organization. 


For much of our history, we’ve held camps and other events at the St. Vladimir’s Cultural Centre and have been extremely grateful for their support regarding the facility rental.


Our school would also be unable to operate without the financial support we receive from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Bell Family Foundation, the Calgary Foundation, Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and the Alberta Music Education Foundation, as well as from smaller organizations and individual sponsors. Every donation, whether large or small, goes toward supporting fine arts in the community and allows us to remain in operation, providing the very best in arts education.


Harmony Music School also kindly support us by providing us with office space. The school offers music lessons in piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, voice, flute, clarinet, saxophone and theory. They also offer group classes for musicians for rock bands, song writing, improvisation, and choir. The school’s Early Childhood Education programs are for babies, toddlers and preschool children that love music. Harmony Music School has four locations in Calgary, in Douglasdale in the southeast and in Mount Pleasant, MacEwan and Brentwood in the NW.


These are just a few of our wonderful supporters and sponsors. They have all been extremely supportive of our efforts to provide high quality arts education over the last 25 years. We look forward to continuing our work with them as we embark on our next quarter-century. 


Twenty-Six Years of CASSA


We’ll be celebrating our 26th anniversary in 2019. We’ve certainly come a long way since the Calgary Arts Summer School Association was founded in 1993. Some of our members of our Board of Directors have been with us right from the beginning and everyone involved with CASSA remains fully committed to providing the finest arts education programs in the city. 


We began with a very simple concept, determined to organize a summer workshop for piano students in Calgary and the surrounding area. A quarter century ago, we were just a small group of local music teachers that formed a partnership with a Calgary piano dealer. Our programs immediately proved to be popular, filling a somewhat neglected niche in the field of arts education, while providing a high quality alternative to many of the other arts summer camps offered in the Calgary area. CASSA was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1996 and today is widely recognized as the city’s leading summer school for the arts. From its humble beginnings offering a summer workshop for piano students, we now offer seven fine arts courses and workshops every summer, in addition to our very popular annual recital. 


Over the last 26 years, more than 10,000 students, from age four to adults, some at the beginning of their careers and some very established, have taken part in our arts programs. CASSA attracts students primarily from Western Canada, but over the years we’ve also been delighted to welcome participants from all over the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and South America.


Although dedicated to providing summer arts programs, CASSA is also active throughout the year, with recitals at senior’s homes in the holiday season, and there’s always something going on with our very talented students and various alumni, whether they’re engaged in performances or receiving highly prestigious awards, prizes, and scholarships.


As part of our silver anniversary celebrations in 2017, we announced our revised organization name, Cassa Musical Arts. Our official anniversary celebration took place July 22, 2018 at St. Vladimir’s Cultural Centre in Calgary.