Southeast Michigan Flute Association

Workshops and Classes

SEMFA is excited to be offering two great workshops for the 2021 Festival. Both presentations will be available to view in-person (virtually) or online via Zoom. 

In addition, there will be a Flute Ensemble Reading session with conductors Gail Green and Debbie Ash to be held outside in the courtyard of North Congregational Church. The Flute Ensemble Reading session will be an in-person event only. ​Bring Your Flutes and Stands! 

The Benefits of Cross-Art Collaboration: An Audio Visual Presentation by Joanna Cowan White

Joanna Cowan White will present a (virtual) audio-visual presentation showing that interdisciplinary collaboration of musicians with writers, visual artists, actors, scientists, and dancers can result in creative projects that expand empathy, creative vision, and audience. This presentation is an adaption of a panel talk given by Cowan White at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (largest writer’s conference in North America) in March 2021 and for flute studio classes around the country in 2020/21.

Joanna Cowan White, Professor of Flute at Central Michigan University, principal flutist of the Midland Symphony and Saginaw Bay Orchestras, and flutist in the Powers Woodwind Quintet, is also a poet. She is a frequent interdisciplinary collaborator, including with her chamber groups on the Poet as Muse and Bremen Town Musicians (Centaur Records) compact discs.


Introduction to Body Mapping for Flutists by Holly Clemans

In this session, participants will learn what a body map is and how body mapping can have a profound effect on our music making. Discovering how to train our awareness, senses & movements can reduce muscle tension, improve our ease in playing, and potentially save musicians from pain and injury. We will explore six crucial places for balance in our bodies, and some ideas for effortless breathing, if time allows.

Holly ClemansPast President and founding member of SEMFA, served on the Board of Directors from 2002 – 2013. As a licensed body mapping educator for ABME, her passion is helping musicians discover efficient coordinated, & easy movement to improve their music making.  A winner of the Geoffrey Gilbert Teacher Study Grant, Ms. Clemans has co-authored several publications for NFAwas editor of The Flutist’s Handbook, Vol. 2 (2012), served on the NFA Pedagogy Committee for 15 years, and was its chair from 2013-2017. Former faculty positions include Concordia University (19 years), Carleton College, Olivet College and William Tyndale College. She currently maintains a private studio in Canton and freelances in the area.