Mason Summer Clarinet Academy

Clarinet students at summer camp


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


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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 “Aftercare” 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 “Aftercare”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.


Video of a Clarinet Choir:



Catina Sweedy, Clarinet Lessons Co-Director/ Instructor:  Catina Sweedy, The Clarinet Project Founder
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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 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:  Kathy Mulcahy, Mason School of Music Professor
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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.



US Navy Band Clarinetists 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
Read about US Navy Band Clarinet Quartet

Established in 1990, the U.S. Navy Band Harbor Winds Clarinet Quartet has been featured in several Navy Band chamber concerts at local museums, churches, and concert halls. In addition to public performances, the quartet provides musical support at official ceremonies at the White House, Navy Memorial, Naval Observatory and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, among many other venues. The group has performed at music conferences such as the International Clarinet Association, Towson Clarinet Day, and Navy Band Clarinet Day. Dedicated to education outreach, the quartet performs as part of the Navy Band’s Music in the Schools program. The flexibility of this ensemble allows their repertoire to encompass standard works written for clarinet quartet, as well as transcriptions ranging from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik to the jazz influences of Gershwin melodies. Since its formation, the quartet has generated a unique repertoire of arrangements, transcriptions, and compositions that encompass styles representing American patriotic and folkloric musical traditions, as well as light classics from the diverse traditions of our country.


Lin Ma, Clarinet Teacher Guest Artist: Lin Ma
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A native of China, Lin Ma was appointed principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2018. Prior to joining the NSO, he has served as assistant principal and Eb clarinetist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2015. He also played a one-year position as second clarinet in the Houston Symphony. Ma won the 2014 Ima Hogg International Competition and performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Later, he appeared as soloist at the Baytown Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season opener. In addition, Ma has soloed with National Repertory Orchestra at the NRO music festival in 2013. Ma earned his Master of Music degree at Rice University, under the tutelage of Richie Hawley, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Richard Hawkins. Ma has also studied at the Idyllwild Arts Academy with Yehuda Gilad, and the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Yuanfu Huang. Ma is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.


Seth Kibel, Clarinet classes Guest Artist:  Seth Kibel
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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, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with Bay Jazz Project, The Alexandria Kleztet, The Music PilgrimTrio, 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, No Words — Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel, was released in 2015 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. One song from that album, “New Waltz,” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).


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.



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