Cassio Vianna is the Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Vianna is a pianist, music educator, and an award-winning composer. He has been featured as a lecturer, adjudicator, and performer at festivals and conferences across the U.S., Latin America, and in China; his compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble have received national recognition, including awards from the National Band Association, Jazz Education Network, Ithaca College Jazz Composition Competition, and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC). Dr. Vianna holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Rio de Janeiro, a Master of Music degree from Western Oregon University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. His most recent album, Infância (Cassio Vianna Jazz Orchestra, 2017), features his recent original compositions for jazz big band.