In demand as an educator, lecturer, and adjudicator in the Washington DC area Catina Franklin Sweedy is the founder and director of the George Mason University Summer Clarinet Academy and The Clarinet Project on YouTube and Instagram. She is also a program director at Embark Center for Self-Directed Education, supporting teens who wish to pursue their life and learning outside of traditional school. She is a performing artist for D'Addario Woodwinds and Rice Clarinet Works. Her YouTube channel, The Clarinet Project, has been ranked as one of the top twenty best clarinet channels on YouTube (#11).
After spending over a decade performing as an orchestral, chamber and solo clarinetist, Catina Franklin Sweedy turned her dedication and creativity to teaching in 2004. Through a grant from the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, Mrs. Sweedy completed level one of Art of Mentoring, a teaching method focusing on inspiring and nurturing youth through Socratic questioning, games, and story-telling. Art of Mentoring techniques empower the teacher to creatively work with each student individually to reach his or her goals, ideally without the student even knowing.
Mrs. Sweedy is a former member of the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and Florida Sunrise Pops Orchestras (2nd, Eb, and Bass clarinets), the Prince William Symphony in Virginia (Principal clarinet), and the Patagonia Winds Woodwind Quintet. She has also 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, Altenberger, Spoleto, Pacific, and Bowdoin music festivals, Mrs. 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.
She holds her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Harid Conservatory of Music (now the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University) and her Master of Music Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Mrs. Sweedy will always be grateful to her teachers Raoul Querze, Paul Green, Yehuda Gilad, and David Krakauer for their exemplary training and guidance.