Sheridan Studio of Music

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Congratulations to senior Andrew Islas on committing to to study Music Education! I couldn’t be more proud of you and am lucky to be your teacher. 💙🤍


Congratulations to studio alum Teddy Dunn! Teddy also studied with for many years and is currently a student of in the studio. Way to go!!


Congratulations to studio alum Teddy Dunn! Teddy also studied with Catina Sweedy of The Clarinet Project for many years and is currently a student of Dr. Kathy Mulcahy in the George Mason University Clarinet Studio. Way to go!! Mason Bands

The Mason Wind Symphony congratulates everyone who participated in this year’s competition on Thursday, March 2, 2023. All performers exhibited lots of preparation and commitment to high artistic and musical ideals.

After careful deliberation, the judges announced this year’s winner, Mr. Teddy F. Dunn, clarinet. Teddy is a member of Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy’s studio. Teddy will be featured on the Wind Symphony’s April 25, 2023, concert in the Center for the Arts in the Concert Hall. Mason Bands


Aidan Peters will be attending the Cincinnati Conserevatory of Music to study Clarinet Performance in the fall. Congratulations Aidan… we’ll miss you!!!

Help us welcome Aidan Peters, BM in Clarinet Performance, from Oakton, Virginia!

"I choose CCM because of the diversity of ensembles along with the quality of the faculty. To be a well-rounded musician, I needed a school that offered both a diverse musical education as well as long-lasting connections, so CCM was the perfect fit for me!"

Welcome to CCM!


Congratulations Nirel, Nicole, Aidan, and Andrew!!!! I’m so proud of each of you. I can’t wait for the concert!!
Tara Smith Islas

Timeline photos 12/23/2021

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Photos from JMU Marching Royal Dukes's post 11/11/2021

Alum Elizabeth Bird is a section leader with the MRDs this year!! I’m so proud of you!


Please read the recollections of our studio accompanist and clarinetist in the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Don Hoffman.

Following September 11th, 2001, many “Pershing’s Own” Soldiers remember that as a “quiet” time--a time without music. Our typical missions stopped as the band shifted to assist at the Pentagon. One of the first concerts after that “quiet” time was a concert in New York City for the first responders and rescue workers that heroically worked at Ground Zero. The following are memories of those performances from Sgt. Major Donald Hoffman, clarinetist and Concert Band Element Leader:

“We had previously scheduled a concert for the band to play in NYC at the Lincoln Center that fall. We almost cancelled, but it was decided that we should still go ahead with the performance and honor the fallen, in addition to the first responders and rescue workers that were onsite at the Towers. I honestly don’t remember much about the concert music, but it was an incredible performance atmosphere with the audience – so moving, uplifting, yet also sad.

On that trip, we also took part in the memorial services that were held every Sunday morning at Ground Zero. We traveled in by bus and were able to see the surrounding area covered in rubble and ash from the towers. We had a standing performance of a few tunes right next to the towers, still smoking with pieces of concrete and metal twisted everywhere. Again, I don’t remember much about what we played, but I think it was similar to the music we perform in Arlington National Cemetery for funerals. The main thing I remember about the service was watching grown men crying as we played. It still is the most significant event in my career here in the band. I don’t remember the music, just that the experience was overwhelming.”


Shanah Tovah to all who celebrate!


Congratulations to Aidan Peters for being accepted into the Sewanee Summer Music Festival AND the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Ensemble this summer! I’m so proud of you!

Summer Clarinet Camp | 13-18 | Mason Community Arts Academy GMU 05/13/2021

This is a wonderful IN PERSON clarinet camp and it's right next door! Take advantage of the wonderful clarinet instruction of Catina Franklin Sweedy and Dr. Kathy Mulcahy of the George Mason University Clarinet Studio... students always have a great experience and learn a ton every summer!

Summer Clarinet Camp | 13-18 | Mason Community Arts Academy GMU June 14-18, 2021 | IN-PERSON/ONLINE Rehearsals, masterclasses, reed clinics, mock audition, and chamber music at GMU in Fairfax, VA.


I have had several students participate in this wonderful program in the past few years, and all loved it! A great option if you're looking for a fantastic band and lesson experience. Dr. Tony Costa is an incredible teacher, and I've heard wonderful things about Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin and her work.

Be Part of the 2021 Honors Music Institute Wind Ensemble with Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin!


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Congratulations to our studio's six students selected to All-Virginia!!


Congratulations to the 13 studio members (HS students only... there were no middle school auditions this year) who were selected for All District Band! Special congratulations to the six all-Virginia eligible students from three districts! Good luck to Aidan Peters, Joanna Chappell, Andrew Islas, Jordan Phan, Emily Mortman, and Nicole Chan as they prepare for this competitive audition!

Photos from Sheridan Studio of Music's post 01/25/2021

Congratulations to studio members Hudson and Gabi on their performances in the George Mason University Clarinet Studio’s Virtual Clarinet Day! They got to play for Dr. Katie Morell and both did a fantastic job. I’m so proud of them both! Thank you Kathy Mulcahy for your work in organizing this experience for them! It was a great event!


Don't forget to join us at the GMU Clarinet Day! The warmup session is happening now, followed by the middle school masterclass with Katie Morell featuring two studio members, Hudson K & Gabi K!

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Listen for the band tomorrow during the Presidential Inauguration! Find the complete program (and music, if you want to follow along!) here:

When watching the Presidential Inauguration tomorrow, keep your ears open for the music of Julie Giroux, one of VWA’s featured composers this year! Her “Integrity Fanfare and March” will be the music played by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and conducted by Col. Jason K. Fettig when the Vice President-Elect is introduced to the platform. Congratulations to Ms. Giroux on this great honor!

The Marine Band has made all recordings, scores, and parts for all Sousa marches available on their fantastic website. If you’d like to follow along with the band tomorrow, the music can be found here:

The full schedule and complete program of music can be found here:

QUEEN'S GAMBIT Clarinet Piano Flute Piccolo Cover 12/16/2020

Aaaahhhh this is incredible. Former student Jessica Tessa Tang is one of the most incredibly talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. She arranged and performed the music from The Queen's Gambit by ear, and it sounds incredible. If you’ve been in my home, you’ve seen her genius paper cutting art in my foyer and studio, and my studio artwork inspired by her work. Follow her for great and creative playing - including the time where she was stuck in an Army hospital and learned to practice music on her crutches. 🙂

QUEEN'S GAMBIT Clarinet Piano Flute Piccolo Cover i binged all of queens gambit in one night

Photos from Sheridan Studio of Music's post 11/25/2020

Friends don’t let friends buy instruments at the grocery store. (Seriously, no matter how good of a deal it appears to be, please don’t do this. If you need an instrument, talk to a music teacher first!)


On this Pie Wednesday Eve, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that each of you is a part of my life!


Students, please make time to attend George Mason University’s clarinet professor, Dr. Kathy Mulcahy in an online masterclass on Saturday November 7 at 10:00am. She is an incredible teacher and good friend, and I’m looking forward to the class.

Fill out this link to RSVP
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Hello everyone! I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the students, parents, and friends who reached out during my son’s illness and hospitalization. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding when I had to cancel so many lessons! He is now home and recovering well, so we will pick back up with regularly scheduled lessons this week. Looking forward to seeing you all!
- Kristen


Students can join the ICA for only $10!! This is a great opportunity to get access to The Clarinet (bimonthly clarinet journal) and all that the ICA offers. Do this!

Calling all students!

Student members can join OR renew their membership in the International Clarinet Association for only $10 until December 31!

Teachers: please feel free to share with any of your students who may be interested!

Timeline photos 08/23/2020

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Not many people know that I play the French horn. I hadn’t played since I was child. But after I was shot, I started speech therapy, physical therapy, and music therapy. Relearning an instrument has been a huge part of my recovery, and I’m getting stronger every day.

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Please check out our guest speaker Catina & The Clarinet Project’s Patreon page!! She is the most creative person I know and has some great things up her sleeve.

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Photos from Sheridan Studio of Music's post 06/29/2020

Suuuuuper excited for this week at Virtual Clarinet Camp! Monday’s guest is Richie Hawley, Professor of Clarinet at the The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Music Academy of the West and Tuesday is Catina Franklin Sweedy, founder of The Clarinet Project and the GMU Clarinet Academy. I’m grateful to my wonderful friends for making time to inspire my students!


So excited to welcome Jesse Chappell from TonalEnergy to camp tomorrow!! All students should attend, regardless of class time. See you at 2:30!

Photos from Sheridan Studio of Music's post 06/25/2020

Thank you Backun Musical Services and D'Addario Woodwinds for some treats for my Virtual Clarinet Camp students! The students will be so excited to get these!

Design inspiration from Jessica Tessa Tang. ❤️❤️

Photos from Sheridan Studio of Music's post 06/25/2020

The shirts finally came in and we delivered the first of the goodie bags to Virtual Clarinet Camp kids tonight!! I got to see a couple of my sweet students and had some models show off the merch. 😍👚

Photos from Sheridan Studio of Music's post 06/22/2020

Congrats to these awesome kids for completing their first week of Virtual Clarinet Camp! I’m excited to start up again tomorrow!!


Sometimes this is the family air hockey table and sometimes it gets taken over for projects. 😂 Getting ready for Virtual Clarinet Camp with some treats for campers! Deliveries coming this weekend!


An amazing resource for clarinetists from the Institute for Composer Diversity. I’m so excited to work on some of these pieces with students. Thank you ICD!!

Our ICD Spotlight "Woodwind Week" explores works for clarinet and bass clarinet by six Black composers including Dorothy Rudd Moore, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Zenobia Powell Perry, James Lee III, Alvin Singleton, and Hannah Kendall!


I’m so proud of this wonderful 7th grader. He has been practicing a ton and finished all Klosé scales and a Stamitz concerto!! Way to go Hudson!! 🎶

Sheridan Studio of Music Summer 2020 Online Clarinet Camp 06/01/2020

Time is running out to sign up for my Virtual Clarinet Camp!! Clarinet players from beginners to very advanced will join me for three weeks of fun playing, learning, meeting students from other schools and states, and special guests! Registration at or here:

Sheridan Studio of Music Summer 2020 Online Clarinet Camp Who is teaching: Kristen Sheridan, Backun Performing and Teaching Artist, D’Addario Woodwind Clinician, and Winds Advisor for the Virginia Winds Academy. Find out more about Kristen at What: Online clarinet classes for beginning through college-level clarinet students. Serving...

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