Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Cassie Rentfrow

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 30, 2022

Legend has it, Cassie Rentfrow got her start with a children’s karaoke microphone. Preschool dance classes gave way to choir and the FAME Young Composer project with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic: all before middle school. Later, she got a taste of musical theater and started to gain attention and awards for her vocals. But she’s not limited to singing. She also plays the ukulele, guitar, piano, and keyboard.“Every year, I’d get bored and ask for new things to play,” Rentfrow said.That’s where’s the melodica comes in, a whimsical combination of a flute/wind instrument and keyboard. “People underestimate it,” Rentfrow said. “The melodica is just fun. It’s like this mini piano, and you start blowing into it.”Given the chance, she’s likely to try anything. At home, she’s reported to have played a one-man, multi-instrument, not unlike Dick Van Dyke’s character in Mary Poppins. “I sang the cover of a song, (Britney Spears’ “Toxic”) while I played the guitar and taped a tambourine to my foot,” she said.Her mother confirms, “She was quite good at it.” Rentfrow also produces musical arrangements on her digital keyboard.She plans to attend the University of Saint Francis to study animation and music technology.


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