Mason Summer Clarinet Academy

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Summer 2021 registration now open!

Part of Summer Music Intensive Week!


COVID Safety Guideline: Please be assured that all in-person programs will follow strict safety protocols required by George Mason University and are subject to pivoting to all virtual platforms if health and safety conditions warrant. Required protocols will include masks, physical distancing, daily health checks, and more. Please visit our COVID Safety Guidelines for all in-person programs. We will be routinely updating the information as it evolves. Stay informed by visiting our website and looking out for email alerts and other Academy communications.



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. Clarinet performer/ educator (and The Clarinet Project founder) Catina Sweedy and Mason School of Music Clarinet Professor Kathy Mulcahy will lead students through lessons, coachings, and demonstrations. Join us this Summer and improve your technique and musicality!

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Ages:  13 – 18
Dates:  June 14 – 18, 2021
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  $445
Location: In-Person: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
*After Care not available for Summer 2021


Sample Schedule May Include
Warm-ups and Techniques Class
Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
Split Group Rehearsals
Lunch and Lessons
Special Topics and Presentations
Individual Practice Time and Private Lessons
Special Guests Artists



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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.




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“My favorite part was getting to know Mrs. Sweedy and Mrs. Mulcahy! I also loved the special guest artists that came in and gave us tips.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2020 Participant

“My most excited moment was having the chance to play for Ricardo Morales.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2020 Participant

“Meeting the guest artists and getting to interact with people my age, as well as the instructors, was the highlight of the program.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2020 Participant

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“I enjoyed the student recital I got to participate in, the reed/mouthpiece demonstration, and the klezmer music demonstration.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2019 Participant

“I enjoyed the great teachers, college atmosphere, and the performance.” – Mason Summer Clarinet Academy 2018 Participant

“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




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