Mason Summer Clarinet Academy

Clarinet students at summer camp

Part of Summer Music Intensive Week


Come join other passionate high school clarinetists for a week of clarinet immersion including rehearsals, masterclasses, repair and reed clinics, mock audition, chamber music and more. Clarinet performer/ educator (and The Clarinet Project founder) Catina Sweedy and Mason School of Music professor Kathy Mulcahy will lead students through lessons, coachings, and demonstrations. Of course, no clarinet camp is complete without a clarinet choir! Improve your technique and musicality, and perform in an exciting final concert.



Ages:  13 – 18 years
Dates:  July 31 – Aug 4, 2017
Times:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Tuition:  $425 (optional room & board add $640 – see below)
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building


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Aftercare is available until 6:00 pm for $90/week for commuter students.
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Students have the option to stay in on-campus housing and experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities included, while gaining new friendships with other like-minded artistic students. Added cost = $640
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Whether you live near or far, here’s your chance to experience university life at Mason! Students ages 13-18 can enjoy on-campus housing accommodations and meals, along with special evening activities. Students are fully supervised all week, with both male and female RA’s in housing. Rooms are double occupancy (linens and wi-fi included), and 3 meals a day are provided. Check in is Sunday, July 30th between 3:00 – 5:00 pm, and students will check out Friday morning and be ready to depart immediately after the conclusion of the program in the afternoon. Dinner is included on check-in day (Sunday), and breakfast and lunch are included on the last day (Friday).

To register, you MUST add both the instructional camp AND the Summer Residential program to your cart during checkout.

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IMPORTANT: No refunds can be given for the Summer Residential option after April 1, 2017.


Video of a Clarinet Choir:



CatinaSweedy2016_headshot Co-Director/ Instructor:  Catina Sweedy
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In demand as an educator, lecturer, and adjudicator in the Washington DC area Catina Franklin Sweedy, is also the founder and director of the George Mason University Summer Clarinet Academy and The Clarinet Project on YouTube featuring interviews with influential musicians, clarinet choir covers, and educational tutorials. After spending over a decade performing as an orchestral, chamber and solo clarinetist, Catina Franklin Sweedy turned her dedication and creativity to teaching in 2004. Through a grant from the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, Ms. Sweedy completed level one of Art of Mentoring, a teaching method focusing on inspiring and nurturing youth through Socratic questioning, games, and story-telling. She has been a guest speaker for the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, the Virginia Homeschool Conference, and at George Mason University.

Ms. Sweedy is a former member of the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and Florida Sunrise Pops Orchestras (2nd, Eb, and Bass clarinets), the Prince William Symphony in Virginia (Principal clarinet), and the Patagonia Winds Woodwind Quintet. She has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Key West Symphony, the American Festival Pops Orchestra (VA) and the Alexandria (VA) Symphony. Through her attendance at the Casals, Altenberger, Spoleto, Pacific, and Bowdoin music festivals, Ms. Sweedy has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan. She is a past winner of the YWCA Music Club in New York and Matinee Musical Club in Philadelphia solo competitions. She holds her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Harid Conservatory of Music (now the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University) and her Master of Music Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Sweedy will always be grateful to her teachers Raoul Querze, Paul Green, Yehuda Gilad, and David Krakauer for their exemplary training and guidance.


KathyMulcahy_headshot Co-Director/ Instructor:  Kathy Mulcahy
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Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy currently performs as clarinet and bass clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has held positions with the Annapolis, Buffalo, and Grant Park Orchestras and has been a regular guest with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Richmond and Roanoke Symphonies. She is also principal clarinetist with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded on the Naxos, Cedille, D’Note, and Summit labels with Buffalo, Grant Park, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. As an active chamber musician and recitalist, Dr. Mulcahy has appeared in venues such as Millennium Stage, the Lyceum, and many churches and chamber music series throughout the area. She has also been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Mulcahy is a past winner of the ICA Concerto Competition and as a student won the concerto competitions at the Eastman School of Music and the Ohio State University.

Previously, Dr. Mulcahy served as a clarinet instructor at the State University of New York at Fredonia and has been an active clinician in the Western New York and Northern Virginia regions. Dr. Mulcahy holds the DMA and BM degrees from The Ohio State University and the MM degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers have included James Pyne, Peter Hadcock, and Kenneth Grant. Kathleen Mulcahy is a Buffet Group USA performing artist. Currently, Dr. Mulcahy serves as the Woodwinds Area Coordinator at George Mason University’s School of Music.


Felix Peikli, Clarinet lessons Featured Artist:  Felix Peikli
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Born in Oslo, Norway, Felix was introduced to music through the local marching band at the age of eight. After discovering his love and passion for music, Felix received a Benny Goodman recording from his grandfather, sparking a burst of what would become a life long dedication and devotion to the American art form, Jazz.

Despite his young age, Felix has been granted numerous awards and distinctions for his dedication and contribution to the clarinet and music, including a full tuition scholarship to the prestigious institution Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Music Performance (2012). After moving to New York, Felix has collaborated and performed with notable artists such as Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson jr., and Marcus Miller, whom the latter was featured on Felix’ critically acclaimed debut album “Royal Flush” (2014).

Having performed at famous venues like the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, as well as headlining festivals, and concert appearances worldwide as a bandleader, Felix is on a constant mission to spread joy and inspiration through his music. Felix has hosted numerous charitable performances in collaboration with UNICEF, and serves as an ambassador for ‘Playing for a Future’ bringing music education and instruments to children in impoverished regions of the world.

Rucha Trivedi, clarinet lessons Guest Clinician: Rucha Trivedi
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Clarinetist Rucha Trivedi is a teacher and performer in the Washington, D.C. area. She is also a clinician for the D’Addario Woodwinds Method Program. In this position, Rucha presents clinics at middle schools, high schools, and universities to help directors, private teachers, and students learn more about different equipment options for clarinet and their pedagogical benefits. Rucha completed her Masters in Music at the University of North Texas, studying with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano. At UNT, Rucha played principal clarinet with both the world renowned North Texas Wind Symphony and the UNT Symphony Orchestra, as well as serving as the clarinetist for the Center for Chamber Music Wind Quintet. She has recorded extensively with the North Texas Wind Symphony, and can also be heard on the premiere recording of Jake Heggie’s Ahab Symphony with the UNT Symphony Orchestra. As a founding member of Madison, WI based klezmer/electronica band, Shtetlblasters, Rucha has recorded and toured throughout the country. Rucha completed her undergraduate studies in Music Performance and French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying clarinet with Dr. Linda Bartley.

Rucha was selected by an international panel as one of six finalists in the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition 2014. Rucha was also named a winner in the UNT Concerto Competition, performing Francaix’s Clarinet Concerto, I. Allegro with the UNT Symphony Orchestra in March 2014.


Kristen Sheridan, clarinet lessons Guest Clinician: Kristen Sheridan
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Backun Artist Kristen Grattan Sheridan is a native of West Islip, NY and Vienna, VA. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance at the University of Michigan as a scholarship student of Fred Ormand, and was the winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. She earned her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in New York City as a scholarship student of Ricardo Morales. While at MSM, Kristen won several competitions, and upon graduation, she was awarded the Whitford Award. With the MSM Orchestra, Kristen traveled to Caracas, Venezuela to conduct master classes and perform with the students of “El Sistema”, the Símon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra, led by Gustavo Dudamel. Kristen is an alumna of several summer programs, including the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (TN), Aspen Music Festival (CO), Cours International de Musique (Switzerland), and the East-West Orchestral Music Festival (Germany).

Kristen has dedicated her career to teaching, beginning while still a student herself. In 2001, she established the Sheridan Studio of Music in Fairfax, VA, and maintains a roster of more than 50 students. Sheridan Studio members have consistently earned top placement in competitive auditions, with many moving on to earn scholarships to study music in college. Mrs. Sheridan is the clarinet specialist & sectional instructor at 10 middle and high schools in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, and is the Winds Advisor for the Northern Virginia Youth Winds. She performs with the National Philharmonic, the Virginia Chamber and Amadeus Chamber Orchestras, and is in demand as a freelance musician, recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the Washington DC area. She lives in Fairfax with her husband Dan and three children, Jack, Bridget & Peter.


Also featuring a performance by:
U.S. Marine Clarinet Quartet
MGySgt Elizabeth Matera
MSgt Frederick Vare III
MSgt Tracey Paddock
SSgt Shannon Kiewitt, bass
Members, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band


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