In demand as an educator, lecturer and performer, Catina Franklin Sweedy runs The Clarinet Project channel on YouTube and Instagram and is the founder and co-director of the Mason Summer Clarinet Academy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Inspired by her decades of working with children and teens, Catina recently became a program advisor at Embark Center, a self-directed learning hub where members can choose their own educational paths. In addition, Catina is working to expand the pedagogy for young clarinetists through recording beginner compositions and commissioning new works for younger players by women, a woefully underrepresented demographic in clarinet literature.
Catina is a former member of the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Florida Sunshine Pops, Prince William Symphony and American Festival Pops Orchestra. She is a past winner of the YWCA Music Club in New York and Matinee Musical Club in Philadelphia solo competitions, and has attended the Casals, Spoleto, Pacific and Bowdoin music festivals. She 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. Her teachers include Raoul Querze, Paul Green, David Krakauer, Yehuda Gilad and Ricardo Morales. Catina is a performing artist for D'Addario Woodwinds and Rice Clarinet Works.
As a lecturer, Catina has spoken at George Mason University, the Virginia Homeschoolers Conference, Minefaire, and the Alternative Education Resource Organization Conference about subjects as diverse as running a successful music studio, why pop songs are so catchy, and how video games aren't ruining kids' lives. She lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with her husband, two children, cats, guinea pigs, pet snake and too many tropical fish tanks.