About Us




Irvin Sayoc Kalugdan, music therapist

Irvin is a licensed music educator, board-certified music therapist, with a masters in music therapy and a musician living and working in the Alexandria, Virginia area. His professional endeavors are driven by his goals to advocate for and foster the use of music, movement and art in our everyday lives. He earned his Bachelors of Music and Masters in Music Therapy from the Shenandoah Conservatory. In addition to working in the Fairfax County Public School system as a music therapist for 16 years with at-risk youth and adolescents with emotional disabilities, he has worked and volunteered for various health and arts related organizations in the DC metro area. Originating from Northeast Philadelphia, Irvin’s environmental and musical influences led him to become a singer, dancer, avid guitarist and performer. In addition to having performed and presented both domestically and internationally, Irvin has several recording credits one of which earned a Grammy award in 2000. His professional experiences in music therapy range from community based program development and sustainability, public speaking, music experientials and workshops (ie. drum circles and performances) as well as research and clinical practice. When not practicing music or therapy, he loves the great outdoors as well as being a husband and a dad.

Julia Sullivan, music therapist

Julia Sullivan is a board-certified music therapist practicing in the Northern Virginia area.  She earned a graduate degree in music therapy from the Shenandoah Conservatory, where she completed an internship in rehabilitation centers and assisted living facilities.  After completing board examinations in 2010 she has been serving a wide range of clients with disabilities. She has practiced in conjunction with Fairfax County Public Schools, Georgetown Hospital, assisted living facilities, and through private referrals. She is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association and regional (MAR-AMTA) and state (VMTA) associations. Her drive to improve quality of life using music fosters all her sessions and she is thrilled to practice in CATxStudios.

Sarah Ware, music therapist

Sarah Ware, MMT, MT-BC has been making music with children, adults and older adults for 6 years in the field of music therapy. For 2 years, she has worked for the State of Maryland through the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene at John L. Gildner RICA in Rockville, a residential and day treatment program for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. In addition, she teaches piano and voice lessons’, giving kids confidence to play in a community setting. Sarah also has an interest in grief and bereavement, and has participated in bereavement camps through Sentara Healthcare in Southeast Virginia.

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