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George Mason University Summer Clarinet Academy
 From July 25th-29th, 2016, fifteen talented young clarinetists attended the first George Mason University Summer Clarinet Academy, directed by Catina Franklin Sweedy with Buffet Artist and George Mason University clarinet professor Kathleen Mulcahy and teaching assistant Nick Thompson.
Highlights included:
  • Dr. Marie Ross  presented an incredible master class about historic clarinets. Students and faculty learned so much and were able to play the instruments too!
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  • Backun Musical Services Artist Blake Arrington lead a clarinet repair clinic where students learned about clarinet care and common problems and how to fix (or NOT fix!) them.
  • Vandoren Reeds Artist David Gould taught students about reeds, everything from planting and harvesting the cane to how to adjust reeds to get the best results.
  • United States Army Band clarinetists SSG Adrienne Hodges, SSG Chris Reardon, SSG Roger Garza, and SFC Leesa Voth's performed an excellent concert, complete with a surprise encore of "Happy Birthday" for one of the students.
  • The Academy also combined with the percussion, composition, and recording engineering programs for group clinics on sight-reading (presented by The Sight Reading Factory), Steve Reich's "Clapping Music", how to take auditions, and improvisation with Doc Nix. The week culminated in clarinet choir performances of "Caprice for Clarinets" by Grundman, "Trois Divertissements", Movement 1 by Tomasi, and a cover arrangement of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'".
  • Thank you very much to our sponsors: VandorenBuffet, and Foxes Music Company, ,  ,
 We had such a fabulous time, that we are already planning for next year! Please "Like" our FaceBook Page to stay up to date on future developments!
 Checking out the historic clarinets!
 Clarinet technique class with Director Catina Franklin Sweedy.
 Buffet representative Kurt Wittstadt talking shop before the students get to try the instruments.
 How to take auditions with Professors Kathy Mulcahy and John Kilkenny.
Clarinetists from the United States Army Band (Pershings Own) concert.
 How reeds work clinic with Vandoren Artist David Gould.
  Clarinet repair class with Backun Artist Blake Arrington.
 Vandoren gift bags. Students also received gifts from George Mason University, Buffet-Crampon, Backun Musical Services and Foxes Music Company.
 Sight reading clinic by the Sight Reading Factory.
 Improv clinic with George Mason University's Doc Nix.
 Faculty Student Joint Recital.
 Dress rehearsal for the final concert.