Marcia Cassidy, viola, is an active chamber music recitalist, teacher, and freelance violist. As a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College, she teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber music, and leads sectionals for the Dartmouth Symphony. Ms. Cassidy is a member of the Musicians of the Old Post Road (a Boston-area period-instrument chamber music ensemble) and is principal violist of Opera North (NH) and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (VT). As the violist of the Franciscan String Quartet, Ms. Cassidy performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Japan to critical acclaim. The quartet was honored with many awards and honors including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian Prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. She has participated in numerous summer music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Blossom, Norfolk, and Tanglewood. Raised near San Antonio, Ms. Cassidy pursued her musical training at the University of Texas, University of New Mexico, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music.