Welcome to Band! My name is Allison Lacasse (Miss Lacasse), and I am extremely proud to be a co-director of the McCarthy Middle School Band Program in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
I have been a music teacher in the Chelmsford Public Schools since 2007. In addition to my role at McCarthy, I am the Associate Band Director for the Chelmsford High School Band. I also co-direct the CPS Grades 6-12 All Town Wind Ensemble, a volunteer group of musicians from the Parker MS, McCarthy MS, and Chelmsford HS Band Programs. I maintain an active flute studio of private students and continue to advocate for new student ensembles and performing opportunities. Each summer, I host the Chelmsford Summer Flute Camp at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, a program for beginner and intermediate flute players from the Chelmsford area.
I am an active orchestral flutist and chamber musician in the Greater Boston area. I have performed on flute/piccolo for local orchestras including the Cambridge Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, Fall River Symphony, Newton Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic, Lowell House Opera Company, South County Chamber Orchestra, and the Cambridge Symphony. I have performed in special performance halls such as Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall. Most recently, I was fortunate enough to conduct the Chelmsford All Town Wind Ensemble on the Perelman Stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. My chamber ensemble performances include local and tour concerts with the Fusion String Ensemble. I performed in the NYU Chamber Music Institute in 2010, and was in the Fellowship program of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Juilliard in the summer of 2012. Performing music professionally is extremely important to me. I find that it balances me and helps me be the best conductor I can be.
I received Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Rhode Island (2007) and a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College (2009). I am currently working on a Master of Music in Music Education degree at the American Band College of Central Washington University (anticipated graduation in July, 2018).
This website is a project for my third year coursework at the American Band College.