Summer Clarinet Academy Online

Clarinet students at summer camp


Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!

Come join other dedicated high school clarinetists from around the world for a week of live, online clarinet immersion including masterclasses, performances, private lessons, clinics and more!  Mason School of Music professors and guest artists will lead students through lessons, coachings, and demonstrations. Learn how to record yourself and make music at home all while improving your technique and musicality. Of course, no clarinet camp is complete without a clarinet choir. Our final project will be to create an online clarinet choir video!

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Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  June 15 – 19, 2020
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  $425
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Daily Schedule

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Warm-ups and Techniques Class
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Split Group Rehearsals
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Lessons
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Special Topics and Presentations
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Individual Practice Time and Private Lessons
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Guests Artists




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Video of a Clarinet Choir:





Catina Sweedy, Clarinet Lessons
Co-Director/ Instructor: Catina Sweedy
The Clarinet Project Founder
Read about Ms. Sweedy

In demand as an educator, lecturer, and adjudicator in the Washington DC area, Catina Franklin Sweedy can frequently be found teaching private lessons, judging competitions, and coaching young clarinetists from elementary school through college. Ms. Sweedy is the founder and co-director of the Mason Summer Clarinet Academy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and runs The Clarinet Project on YouTube.

She is a former member of the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Florida Sunshine Pops, and the Prince William Symphony in Virginia. In addition, she has 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, Spoleto, Pacific, and other 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. Ms. Sweedy holds her M.M in Clarinet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and her B.M. in Clarinet Performance from the Harid (now Lynn) Conservatory of Music, and is a D’Addario Performing Artist. Ms. Sweedy will always be grateful to her teachers Raoul Querze, Paul Green, Yehuda Gilad, and David Krakauer for their exemplary training and guidance.

Kathy Mulcahy, Clarinet Lessons
Co-Director/ Instructor: Dr. Kathy Mulcahy
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Dr. Mulcahy

Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy was appointed as Director of Woodwinds and Assistant Professor of Clarinet at George Mason University in August 2018, after serving as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet since in 2012. From 2014-2016, Dr. Mulcahy served as interim clarinet and bass clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra and appeared with the orchestra on their 2016 European Tour throughout Spain, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, and Poland. She continues to work with the National Symphony as an extra musician, and can also be seen performing frequently with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Dr. Mulcahy has held tenured positions with the Annapolis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. She is currently principal clarinetist with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

An active chamber musician and recitalist, Dr. Mulcahy performs regularly on the Faculty Artist Series at George Mason University and has been a featured soloist with the Mason Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. She has performed on chamber series in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the German Embassy, and the National Cathedral. In July 2017, she performed the world premiere of Howard Buss’ Divertissements for Clarinet and Percussion at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest in Orlando, FL. Dr. Mulcahy is also a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and presented her workshop “Mindfulness and Yoga for the Practice Room” at the American Single Reed Summit in October 2018. Upcoming appearances include recitals and masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music and Lamar University, and a performance at ClarinetFest in Knoxville, TN.

In the summer, Dr. Mulcahy serves as Coordinator of Summer Music Intensives for the Mason Community Arts Academy and is also the co-director of the Mason Summer Clarinet Academy. She can also be seen with the Wolf Trap Orchestra in the pit for Wolf Trap Opera productions, or on stage at the Filene Center accompanying a wide variety of acts. From 1999-2009, Dr. Mulcahy spent her summers in Chicago as second and Eb clarinet with the Grant Park Orchestra. Previously, Dr. Mulcahy served as a clarinet instructor at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She 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.





Ricardo Morales
Read about Mr. Morales

Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinet with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, at the invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began his studies at the Escuela Libre de Musica along with his five siblings, who are all distinguished musicians. He continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma.
Mr. Morales has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. During his tenure with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, he soloed in Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He made his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 and has since performed as soloist on numerous occasions. Ricardo performed the world premiere of the Clarinet Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff, commissioned for him by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, on NBC’s The Today Show, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with many distinguished ensembles, such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has also collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, and Kathleen Battle. Mr. Morales is highly sought after for his recitals and masterclasses, which have taken him throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, he currently serves on the faculty of Temple University.

Mr. Morales’s performances have been met with critical acclaim. The Philadelphia Inquirer hailed his appointment to The Philadelphia Orchestra, stating that “… in fact, may represent the most salutary personnel event of the orchestra’s last decade.” Ricardo performed the world premiere of the Jonathan Leshnoff Clarinet Concerto, commissioned for him by The Philadelphia Orchestra. He was praised by the New York Times as having “ … fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.” Mr. Morales was also singled out in the New York Times review of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, describing his playing as “exquisite” and declaring that he “deserved a place onstage during curtain calls.”

Mr. Morales’s debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label. His recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, with the Pacifica Quartet, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, as well as the Mozart Concerto with the Mito Chamber Orchestra for DECCA. Ricardo is a sought after consultant and designer of musical instruments and accessories and enjoys a musical partnership with F. Arthur Uebel, a world renown manufacturer of artist level clarinets.

Mr. Morales will be meeting with students to chat about his life, answer questions, and dispense clarinet wisdom in his signature witty and compassionate style.

Seth Kibel
Jazz Musician
Read about Mr. Kibel

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Mr. Kibel has made a name for himself in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, “When You’re Smiling,” was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. His song “New Waltz” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW). Mr. Kibel will be leading participants in a jazz clarinet workshop. Thank you to Rovner Products for generously sponsoring his clinic.


Dr. Ani Berberian
Clarinetist with the U.S. Air Force Band
Read about Dr. Berberian

Master Sgt. Ani A. Berberian is a clarinetist with the Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Brookings, South Dakota, she joined the Air Force in 2003. Prior to joining The U.S. Air Force Band, Berberian was a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in Colorado performing as a clarinetist with the Concert Band and Academy Winds from 2003 to 2011.

Dr. Berberian holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/German from South Dakota State University. She has served on the faculties at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Missouri State University, Concordia University, and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. An international soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Berberian has performed as a featured guest recitalist at several International Clarinet Association Conferences and numerous U.S. clarinet symposia. As a member of the Missouri Chamber Players, she appeared in Norway, Sweden, and Poland, performing in such venues as the Chopin Academy and Stockholm’s Samtida Music Festival. Dr. Berberian has presented clinics on topics dealing with chamber music performance, clarinet pedagogy, and contemporary clarinet techniques at various colleges and conservatories throughout the United States and Europe. An advocate of new music, she has performed for composers Frank Ticheli, Joan Tower, Libby Larsen, and Michael Murray. She is also featured on the compact disc recording, “Black Swirls,” which highlights the works of Eric Mandat.

Wesley Rice
Owner and Founder of Rice Clarinet Works
Read about Mr. Rice

Wesley Rice is the owner and founder of Rice Clarinet Works – a company which specializes in clarinet repair and restoration, as well as the manufacture of various clarinet-related products. A clarinet player himself, Mr. Rice has used his performance background to bring more than 1000 clarinets to artist-level playability over his career.

After working with a renowned machinist for a short period, Mr. Rice was able to take the knowledge he had gained and pursue manufacturing and design. Through the acquisition of many pieces of equipment – both computer-controlled and manually operated, he has been able to manufacture almost every part of the clarinet.

Over the past several years, Mr. Rice has been producing custom lines of products such as CNC-manufactured mouthpieces, barrels, bells, ligatures, tuning rings, and even a reed machine for some of the biggest names in the clarinet-product industry.

Mr. Rice will be presenting a clinic on clarinet maintenance and repair, generously sponsored by Rice Clarinet Works.

SFC Martin Gold
Clarinetist from The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Read about Mr. Gold

SFC Martin Gold has served as clarinetist and bass clarinetist with The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, since 2004. He has been a featured soloist with the U.S. Army Band’s Summer Concert Series, a frequent contributor to the U.S. Army Orchestra. Mr. Gold holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, with a cognate in music composition. He has performed with the Richmond Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Valdosta Georgia Symphony, the Central Florida Symphony, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL in Monterrey, Mexico.

As an arranger, Mr. Gold has written extensively for wind quintet and clarinet choir, as well as for concert band, marching band, strings, and brass quintet. Mr. Gold’s arrangements have been heard on national television and radio.

SSG Charles Sonoda
Clarinetist from The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Read about Mr. Sonoda

SSG Charles Sonoda joined The U.S. Army Band in October of 2018. He earned his Bachelor of Music at DePaul University and his Master of Music at Northwestern University, where he performed as co-principal clarinetist of the university’s orchestra on their inaugural international tour to Asia, in 2018. Mr. Sonoda has also performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Quartz Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, and Chicago Symphonic Winds. His primary teachers include Stephen Williamson, Steve Cohen, and Julie DeRoche.

Mr. Sonoda is also an active learner of Chinese and has completed additional studies in language and literature at Shanghai’s Fudan University and the Beijing Language and Culture University. Mr. Sonoda has been awarded prizes at Chinese speech competitions at Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Beijing Language and Culture University.


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SSG Kenji Bellavigna
Clarinetist from The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Read about Mr. Bellavigna

SSG Kenji Bellavigna grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began playing clarinet at age 10. After being a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Mr. Bellavigna attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his BA in clarinet performance in 2016. He then pursued a master’s degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 2016 through 2018. During his time as a student, Mr. Bellavigna performed with the YMF Debut Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and attended the Brevard and Aspen music festivals. As a member of the Tetrakis Trio, he was a winner of the 2016 McGill Chamber Music Competition and a semi-finalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Senior Strings Division in 2018. Bellavigna’s teachers include Jerry Simas, Jose Gonzales, Yehuda Gilad and Todd Cope. Mr. Bellavigna joined The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in 2019 and currently lives in Alexandria VA, where in his free time he enjoys reading and mountain biking.




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