MASON SUMMER CLARINET ACADEMY
Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!
Come join other dedicated high school clarinetists for a week of clarinet immersion including rehearsals, masterclasses, repair and reed clinics, mock auditions, chamber music and more. Mason School of Music professors and guest artists 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: June 17-21, 2019
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition: $430 (optional room & board add $640 – see below)
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
ON-CAMPUS HOUSING AVAILABLE – ADD “SUMMER RESIDENTIAL OPTION” TO YOUR CART!
Added Cost: $640
Whether you live near or far, students can add the “Summer Residential Option” and experience a week of campus life, with special evening activities included, while gaining new friendships with other like-minded artistic students. 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 (dinner is included on Sunday, and breakfast and lunch are included on Friday). Check in is Sunday, June 16th, and students will check out Friday morning and be ready to depart immediately after the conclusion of the program on Friday afternoon. After registering for Summer Clarinet Academy (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for and add “Summer Residential Option” to your cart – or REGISTER HERE . IMPORTANT: No refunds can be given for the Summer Residential option after April 1, 2019.
An “Extended Day” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Extended Day” or “After Care”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.
Video of a Clarinet Choir:
Co-Director/ Instructor: Catina Sweedy, The Clarinet Project Founder
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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 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: Kathy Mulcahy, Mason School of Music Professor
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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.
Guest Artists: US Navy Band Clarinet Quartet
Senior Chief Musician Laura Grantier, clarinet
Musician First Class Sarah Demy, clarinet
Musician First Class Amy Eich, clarinet
Musician First Class Daniel Frazelle, bass clarinet and clarinet
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Guest Artist: Lin Ma
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Guest Artist: Seth Kibel
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Guest Clinician: Rucha Trivedi
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Teaching Assistant: Maya Fisher
Facebook: Mason Summer Clarinet Academy has its own Facebook Page!
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Clarinet Academy Welcome Letter 2019 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.
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“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
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