Southeast Michigan Flute Association

Workshops and Classes

Join us for these exciting presentations at the 2022 SEMFA Festival! 

Holly Clemans: "New Variations for an (older) body"

Come be introduced to Chris Abell's Low Whistle Headjoint. Holly will share information about this headjoint and its benefits. She will perform Katherine Hoover's Kokopeli and The Star of the County Down, an Irish Traditional Tune. Assisted by Deborah Rebeck Ash, percussion, and Shelly Rouse Freitag, piano. 



Holly Clemans, a licensed body mapping educator, has been active as a soloist, orchestral, & chamber musician for many years. 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. She soloed with the Concordia University Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in 2016.


A winner of the 2010 Geoffrey Gilbert Teacher Study Grant, Ms. Clemans has co-authored several publications for NFAwas editor for The Flutist’s Handbook, Vol. 2 (2012), served on the NFA Pedagogy Committee for 15 years, and was its chair from 2013-2017. As a long-standing member of the NFA, she has served the organization as a solo performer, chamber music performer, tape judge, panelist, and presenter for several annual conventions. She is a Past President and founding member of SEMFA, and served on its Board of Directors from 2002 – 2013. She currently serves on the Membership Committee of the Association of Body Mapping Education.


Former faculty positions include Concordia University (19 years), Carleton College, Olivet College and William Tyndale College. Ms. Clemans has presented seminars on teaching at Wayne State, WMU, CMU and at the 2019 Michigan Music conference. Body mapping seminars have been presented at Univ of MI, CMU, SVSU, Mott CC and for the MI Flute Orchestra, and SEMFA.


Currently, she maintains a private studio in Canton, MI, gives clinics, presents workshops on both Body Mapping and teaching, performs with Flute Fusion, and freelances in SE MI. Her degrees include 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.

Cathy Sherwin: Quality Over Quantity - Making Your Warm-Up Session a Musical Moment

Since coming to Detroit in 1995, Cathy Sherwin was a member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony for 15 years and has performed with numerous other community orchestras including Rochester, Oakland, Michigan Philharmonic and Warren Symphonies.  With her husband, violinist Michael McGillivray, she has performed in numerous chamber music concerts.  She has played with MFO, SEMFA Flute Choir and with the Flute Specialist Flute Choir.  She retired in 2013 from the Dearborn Public Schools as an elementary vocal music teacher.  After retiring, she was a founding member and has performed with the woodwind quintet, Mistral Winds.  She joined the SEMFA Board in 2018 and has served as secretary.  


Before coming to Detroit, she and her family lived in Birmingham, Alabama.  There she worked for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as Orchestra Librarian. She also performed with chamber groups and for recordings in Birmingham and around the state of Alabama. 


She holds a BA in music and mathematics and a MS in Music Education (vocal) from the University of Illinois as well as an MM from the University of California, San Diego.   She has studied flute with Charles Delaney at the University of Illinois and Roger Stevens at the University Southern California.  She has taken Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound Workshop and has performed for workshops with Julius Baker and Marcel Moyse.  Other flute teachers include Albert Tipton (at the Aspen Music Festival), James Walker and Amy Porter.  


Susan Rogers: “Feeling the Music: Reflecting on the Past and Moving Forward on the Right Note”

The What, the So What, and the Now What of the impact of the pandemic on musicians.  What have we experienced and what practical strategies may be used to readjust anxiety and the expectations we have of ourselves?  We’ll be discussing isolation, practicing and performing, fear, self-confidence and the relationship between the body and the brain.



Susan H. Rogers, LMSW, ACSW is the Director of Parare Counseling and Consulting, PLC, in addition to having been a school social worker.  Parare Counseling and Consulting is an educational and counseling resource that works with individuals and families with developmental, intellectual and educational disabilities, including people identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She is a trainer of trainers for the Elevatus Curriculum, a nationally recognized program that teaches sexuality education to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Susan has been an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the Wayne State University School of Social Work, is a member of the School of Social Work Board of Visitors, and was the Chairperson of the capital campaign for the School of School Work at Wayne State University.  She is a former trustee of the Board of Directors of The Judson Center, a non-profit, human service agency located in southeastern Michigan that is dedicated to helping children, adults and families improve the quality of their lives.  Susan is a frequent speaker on the topic of healthy relationships for people with disabilities. 


Susan is a flutist, studying classical and jazz, and is a member of the Michigan Flute Orchestra, the Birmingham Concert Band, and the Flute Specialists Flute Choir.