Cassio Vianna is the Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cassio’s work as a composer, arranger, and pianist reflects his broad range of musical and cultural influences. His compositional styles range from popular music and Brazilian jazz to classical chamber pieces and works for large jazz ensembles.
Over the past fifteen years, Cassio has been featured as a lecturer, adjudicator, and performer at festivals and conferences in the U.S., Brazil, Paraguay, and China; his compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble have received national recognition, including awards from the National Band Association, Jazz Education Network, and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC). Cassio Vianna holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Brazilian Popular Music from Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Music from Western Oregon University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.
His recent album Infância (Teal Creek Music, 2017), features his recent original compositions for jazz orchestra, including the three-movement Brazilian suite Infância.