Southeast Michigan Flute Association

9:45 a.m. Warm-Up with Shantanique Moore

Kick off your festival with a proper warm-up!

Shantanique Moore will walk participants through a daily warmup routine developed to ensure that the tone and technique exercises practiced will translate to repertoire. The class will focus on utilizing harmonics, melodies, and expressive scales. 
​Bring your flute! 

Flutist Shantanique Moore is an active freelance musician and flute instructor. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, among others.


Shantanique won First Prize in the 2016 Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition. In 2012, Shantanique won the Wayne State Concerto Competition and in 2013, the Southern Great Lakes Concerto Competition. She has had the privilege of being invited as guest soloist on numerous occasions with ensembles such as the Birmingham Concert Band and Thurston High School's Honors Band, to name a few.  During her studies at Wayne State University, she was awarded several musicianship and academic awards.


An advocate for promoting musicianship and flute playing, Shantanique has served on the board of directors of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association as secretary and as the Flute Choir director.


Her primary teachers are Sharon Sparrow, Laura Larson, and Carrie Wiesinger. She has played in Masterclasses for Mark Sparks, Robert Aitken, William Bennett, and Amy Porter.


When not practicing and performing, Shantanique enjoys kayaking and catching up on her favorite television shows.

11:15 a.m. The Air We Breathe with Melissa Mashner

Melissa Mashner presents "The Air We Breathe" experiments with the power of experiencing air flow and whole body movement integration.  Our time together will include a discussion on the variety in how one approaches air and sound, Melissa's "Wise Five" stretches, and opportunities to focus on breath as we play together.  We hope you will join us for this special exploratory workshop!

Bring Your Flute! 

Flutist Melissa Mashner has been praised for her “sparkly musicianship, sensitivity, and elegance on the stage.” With international performance experience, Ms. Mashner balances performing, collaborating, and chamber work as an active musician currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ms. Mashner is currently on faculty with the Community Music School of Ann Arbor, is founding member of the Angelus Duo, manages a private flute studio in Ann Arbor, subs with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and new music projects. In 2015, the National Society of Leadership and Success named Ms. Mashner winner of the National Dream Support Grant to sponsor further musical endeavors in Vienna, Austria and England as a flautist and leader in the collegiate music field. Ms. Mashner received her MM in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan and BM from Indiana University. Her principal instructors have been internationally renowned artists Amy Porter, Jasmine Choi, and Thomas Robertello. Ms. Mashner performs on a Straubinger Flute and is a native of Rochester, New York.

3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Alternative Careers in Music

What can you do with a degree in music? Explore career options beyond teaching or performing in an orchestra. Panelists include: Marine recruiter Staff Sargent Michael Vignuli, repair technician Bill Robey, music therapist Jennifer Fromius MM, MT-BC, and former orchestral librarian Catherine Sherwin


Jennifer Fromius, MM, MT-BC, always knew that music would play an important role in her life. She grew up singing in choirs and learned to play the flute at a young age. It was only natural that her love for music and people, combined with her interest in how music effects the brain, would lead her to a career in music therapy. Before becoming a board-certified music therapist, Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Music: Vocal Performance from California State University Long Beach and worked as a professional musician in southern California for 10 years. During that time, she sang with renowned chorales, opera choruses, musical theater troupes, church choirs, caroling companies, and jazz combos, and also worked with non-profit organizations to provide music enrichment and educational outreach programs to school-aged children. She then earned a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University, and completed her clinical internship at Spectrum Health Neuro Rehab and Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jennifer is currently working as a hospice music therapist in the greater Detroit area, though her vast clinical experience includes providing music therapy for early childhood, special education, children who have experienced crisis or trauma, children and adults with special needs, adults in neuro-rehabilitation (traumatic brain injury/stroke), oncology, dementia/Alzheimer’s, memory care, palliative care, and hospice care. Jennifer also teaches voice, piano, flute, guitar, and ukulele.


Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Vigunli was born in Staten Island, New York and raised in northern New Jersey. He joined the Marine Corps following high school to be an Aviation Mechanic, and went to boot camp on July 25, 2011 at Parris Island in Beaufort, South Carolina. Upon completion of boot camp he attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Vignuli’s first school for aviation maintenance was in Pensacola, Florida, where he began learning the basics about aviation maintenance and the theory of hydraulics and metal working. He subsequently went to a school in Jacksonville, North Carolina where he learned how to maintain his particular aircraft, the CH-53E, and later would start working, stationed at HMH-461.

After deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, January - August 2013, Vignuli returned and became a Collateral Duty Inspector, which allowed him to continue to perform maintenance, as well as to inspect and ensure the job was done properly. Vignuli attended a Corrosion School, Advanced Composite School, and a Paint School to certify him in all areas, as well as has been to multiple Weapons and Tactics Instructions in Yuma, Arizona, and multiple Integrated Training Exercises in Twentynine Palms, California. In February 2017, Vignuli left North Carolina for Michigan, where he is helping others pursue the same dream he had, to become a United States Marine.

Catherine Sherwin has played flute, alto flute and piccolo with Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Michigan Philharmonic, Oakland University Orchestra and The Motor City Symphony Orchestra.   She has a master’s in music education from the University of Illinois and a Master of Music from UCSD. She studied flute with Charles Delaney, Roger Stevens, James Walker and Amy Porter. In 1995-96 she worked in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Library with Head Librarian, Hona Joffe. In 1997 she began teaching vocal music for Dearborn Public Schools and retired in 2013.. Before coming to Detroit in 1995, she was the librarian for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Alabama.  She performed with chamber groups, for recordings in Birmingham and around the state of Alabama and as an alternate flutist for the Alabama Symphony.

Bill Robey is a professional flutist and flute repair technician who has maintained these dual careers in both the Los Angeles and Greater Detroit areas. He began as a repair technician 9 years ago and honed his craft to become the senior technician at Flutacious in Glendale, California, serving professional flutists from the Los Angeles area including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Bill came to Michigan accepting a full-time position in repair to serve Flute World’s broad clientele of student, amateur, and professional flutists, including members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Bill continues to repair while in his newest role as Location Manager at Flute World.

Bill has performed as a soloist with the Southern California Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with numerous choral groups in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Prior to moving to Michigan, he was an active freelance performer in the Los Angeles area, performing with local orchestras and for film scores, such as the documentary Beautiful Faces. Currently, Bill performs regularly with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and is the flute instructor for the Jackson Symphony Community Music School.

Bill holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Jim Walker. He received his Bachelor of Music at Michigan State University, studying with Richard Sherman. Prior to his collegiate studies, Bill was a student of Sharon Sparrow of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Bill was mentored in repair by Jeff Smith (Flute World and JLSmith Co. Owner) and Cynthia Kelly (Flutacious Owner).