Southeast Michigan Flute Association

2018 Workshops Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for updates for the 2018 SEMFA Festival.

9:30 am: Melodic Warm-ups with Caen Thomason-Redus

Kick off your festival with a proper warm-up! Flutists are encouraged to bring copies of:


· Moyse’s 24 Little Melodic Studies with Variations (24 Petites Etudes Melodiques)
· Reichert’s 7 Daily Exercises (7 Exercices Jounaliers)
· anything else they particularly enjoy!
Whether it is a recital of virtuoso baroque sonatas, a chamber concert of French impressionism or an entire program of unaccompanied contemporary African American music, Caen Thomason-Redus makes each performance a unique, engaging experience.  Holding several principal flute positions, performing for two years in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as their Minority Fellow, and teaching at universities such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Evansville (IN), he enjoys a diverse career of teaching, performing, recording and arts administration. Caen has had the privilege of working with some of today’s great composers including Philip Glass, Gunther Schuller, Chinary Ung, Mario Davidovsky, Barbara Kolb, David Maslanka and Robert Beaser, and recently premiered works by Shawn Okpebholo and Carlos Rafael Rivera.  He recorded The Flute Collection and the Moyse Collection of Flute Classics, a total of five recordings and anthologies published by G. Schirmer.  He is professionally active with the National Flute Association, Early Music Now (Milwaukee), the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and is a Muramatsu Artist.  Caen worked to advance diversity in the arts at the Sphinx Organization (Detroit) and is currently the Community Catalyst at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Caen earned performance degrees from Rice University and the University of Redlands (CA) and did additional studies at the University of Michigan and the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria. His primary instructors were Leone Buyse, Candice Palmberg and Yaada Weber.  He is married to hornist Kristi Crago and they enjoy spending lots of time with their three young children.

11:00 am: Beyond Rubank! An Exploration of Methods and Studies with Holly Clemans and Shelly Rouse-Freitag

Join Holly Clemans and Shelly Rouse-Freitag for a presentation of methods and studies that illustrates there are options Beyond Rubank! 

Holly Clemans, Past President and founding member of SEMFA, served on the Board of Directors from 2002 – 2013. An adjunct professor of flute at Concordia University and director of the Concordia Flute Camp, she is active as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. She performs with the Mosaic Chamber Ensemble; Flute Fusion, and Detroit area orchestras. She has been a member of the Plymouth, MI and Arlington, VA Symphonies; the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Composers’ Forum; and chamber ensembles in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

A 2010 winner of the Geoffrey Gilbert Teacher Study Grant, Ms. Clemans has co-authored several publications for the National Flute Association, has served the organization as a solo and chamber music performer, tape judge, and pres

enter for several annual conventions.  She is currently Chair of the NFA Pedagogy Committee and was the editor for The Flutist’s Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology, Volume Two (2012).

Ms. Clemans maintains a private teaching studio, and is an active adjudicator and clinician. She holds a B.M. in Music Education from Hartt School of Music, an equivalency degree in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University, and a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan.



As a flutist and piccoloist, Shelly Rouse-Freitag has performed throughout Europe and the United States with the Freiburg Academic Orchestra, Collegium Instrumentale and Southwest Hessen Orchestra, as well as community orchestras in Southeast Michigan. She currently performs with the Michigan Philharmonic, Oakland, and Motor City Symphonies and has also played and recorded in Singapore with the Singapore Symphony.

Shelly has a thriving flute studio in West Bloomfield, with students earning positions in the Michigan All-Sta

te Ensembles, area youth symphonies, and performing in young artist and concerto competitions. Shelly has served as adjunct faculty at Siena University in Adrian, Michigan, and the Vienna Polycollege, Vienna, Austria, and also taught privately in Frankfurt, Germany.


She earned her diploma in Flute Pedagogy (’04) from the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, was a Rotary Scholar at the Vienna Musikhochschule (‘94) and received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance with highest honors (’93) from The University of Michigan. Shelly is a past-president of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association and Sigma Alpha Iota Pontchartrain Alumnae Chapter, and she is a member of the Tuesday Musicale of Greater Pontiac and TM of Detroit.

11:00 am: College Audition Panel Discussion with Amanda Blaikie, Amy Porter, Laura Larson, Marissa Olin, and Jeff Zook

Curious about auditioning for college? Join local area flute professors for a panel discussion on the the college audition process, and the first year college experience. 


1:00 p.m.: Inside Professional Chamber Music with Marissa Olin and Jon Holden

An inner glimpse into the working of the Olin/Holden Duo, a professional flute and clarinet duo, featuring discussion on commissions, touring, and what it takes to make your ensemble thrive as well as performances. 


Marissa Olin is an active freelance musician based in East Lansing, Michigan. She is a member of the West Michigan Symphony (Flute II) and she has performed with the Kalamazoo, Midland, Lansing, Battle Creek, Jackson, and Traverse Symphony Orchestras. She is Instructor of Flute at Spring Arbor University, Kellogg Community College, and the Michigan State University Community Music School. She received degrees from Michigan State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (B.M.), with additional study in Vienna, Austria.


Jonathan Holden is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University, Principal Clarinetist of the West Michigan Symphony, and a faculty member at the New England Music Camp. He has performed with the Sarasota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Baton Rouge, and Mobile Symphony Orchestras. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in England and earned his D.M.A. at Michigan State University. He is on the Selmer Paris and D'Addario artist rosters.


The Holden/Olin Duo has performed at the University of North Texas, University of North Carolina - Greensboro, University of Oklahoma, and Michigan State University, among others. They have also performed at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest and the National Flute Association Convention. An advocate of new music, the duo performs premieres and participates in commissioning projects including the Flute Clarinet Duos Consortium.