SUMMER CLARINET ACADEMY ONLINE
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!
Follow us on Facebook:
Mason Summer Clarinet Academy Facebook Page
Ages: 13 – 18
Dates: June 15 – 19, 2020
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F)
Location: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
- Computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access and audio/video capabilities
- Access to the Band application on a smart phone: Apple Store | Google Play
Video of a Clarinet Choir:
Co-Director/ Instructor: Catina Sweedy
The Clarinet Project Founder
Read about Ms. Sweedy
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.
Co-Director/ Instructor: Dr. Kathy Mulcahy
Mason School of Music Professor
Read about Dr. Mulcahy
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.
Read about Mr. Morales
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.
Read about Mr. Kibel
Dr. Ani Berberian
Clarinetist with the U.S. Air Force Band
Read about Dr. Berberian
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.
Owner and Founder of Rice Clarinet Works
Read about Mr. Rice
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
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
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.
SSG Kenji Bellavigna
Clarinetist from The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Read about Mr. Bellavigna
Special thanks to our program supporters
“I enjoyed the great teachers, college atmosphere, and the performance.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2018 ParticipantSee More Testimonials
“I liked the variety of guest speakers and their respective topics.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2018 Participant
“My son came home with something new and interesting to talk about every day. He was clearly energized by it.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2017 Parent
“I really appreciated the guest artist invitation to include students, the clinics, and my child loved the ‘swag’.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2017 Parent
- Be sure to check our FAQs and policies and procedures regarding registration, withdrawals, refunds, curriculum, technology and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including camp schedule, supply list, web links, etc.
- For additional information, please contact the Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.