Flutopia Clinicians and Coaches

Flutopia is very fortunate for the time and artistic guidance of several musicians who assist in individualized coachings to help develop stronger sections and musicians!  

Please see more below! 


Clarinet

 New Jersey native Kristen Spiridon is an active performer and teacher up and down the East Coast. Currently,  she is the Second Clarinetist of both the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. She  is also the head clarinet instructor at the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp in Fairfax, Virginia.
  In past years, Ms. Spiridon has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony; served as Second Clarinet of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic; and has given masterclasses at George Mason University and Miami University of Ohio. 
Ms. Spiridon holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Woodwinds from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Bachelor of Music degree in both Performance and Education from the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her teachers include Richie Hawley, Steven Barta, and Chris Pedersen.

For more information and a full bio, please visit her web site at:  http://www.kristenspiridon.com/

                                                  
Catina Sweedy is active as a freelancer and teacher in the Washington, DC area, currently playing Bb and Bass clarinet with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and frequently performing on the United Concordia Chamber Music Series. In addition, she is also clarinetist and director of educational outreach for the Patagonia Winds. From 2007-2010 she served as principal clarinet of the Prince William Symphony, and has also played with the Alexandria Symphony. 

Before moving to Virginia, Mrs. Sweedy served as second, Eb and Bass clarinetist of the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and Florida Sunrise Pops Orchestras. She has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Key West 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.

As a past winner of the YWCA Music Club in New York and Matinee Musical Club in Philadelphia solo competitions, she has performed numerous solo recitals in both cities. She holds her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Harid Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  Mrs. Sweedy studied with Yehuda Gilad, David Krakauer, Ricardo Morales, and Paul Green.
 
Her students consistently play first chair, rank Superior at Solo Festival, place in District and All State Band and achieve other honors such as Drum Major.  Mrs. Sweedy lives in Woodbridge where she tries to keep up with her husband, two children, two cats, and quickly growing pet snake.

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