Cassie Mara Makeeff

Photo: Maureen ZoltekCassie Mara Makeeff (accompanist) follows her family's musical lineage as both a pianist and singer. This year she joyously returns to Chicago and joins DePaul University as an adjunct faculty member, serving as the choral accompanist for the Community Chorus and Concert Chorus. Cassie accompanied her first chorus in fourth grade, by heart, and has been playing and singing ever since. As a singer, she is privileged to perform as a mezzo soprano of the esteemed Grant Park Chorus, under the direction of Christopher Bell and Carlos Kalmar. She continues to work as a coach and recitalist and cantor at St. Mary's Church in Riverside.

Past experiences include serving as the Opera Repetituer and Choral Organizations Pianist for Northwestern University and faculty pianist and coach for the Operafestival di Roma, Italy. She has accompanied for numerous other organizations in the Chicago area, including Opera of DuPage, Opera Moda, Elmhurst College, Roosevelt University, Chicago Children's Chorus, Grant Park Chorus and Outreach Program, and the Sing to Live Community Chorus.

Cassie pursued her formal education in piano performance with Dr. Sylvia Wang at Northwestern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and earned her Master's Degree at Indiana University in Piano Performance with Dr. Karen Shaw and Vocal Pedagogy with Timothy Noble. She also studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia under Elena Shishko.