Southeast Michigan Flute Association

Whats New Blog

At the Flute Festival: Baroque Flute for Modern Flutists Class Pre-registration available.

October 5, 2015
Learn and experience playing replica instruments like Quantz and Frederick the Great actually used during the Baroque period. Open new doors to understanding and appreciation for the Baroque era one-keyed flute and historical performance practices.
Baroque flute players Laura Larson and Shelly Rouse-Freitag will be presenting a class on Baroque Flute (Traverso) for Modern Flutists. There will be a limited number of period instruments for you to try, first come, first served, during the class. Players will learn a D major scale, learn some of the ‘cross fingerings’, and play a short piece. 
Ms. Larson and Ms. Rouse-Freitag will compare and contrast the differences between traverso and modern flute, and discuss the historical performance practices that we can bring into our modern flute interpretations of Baroque music. Learn about inegale, flattement, how to ‘Did’ll’, ‘Tiri’, read French violin clef and much more.
If you would like to pre-register for the class and reserve an instrument, please email Shelly Rouse-Freitag at You must be registered to attend the festival before registering for the class.
Shelly Rouse-Freitag 248/539-3382

SEMFA Members! Meet up at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra!

October 2, 2015
Flutist Marina Piccinini will perform the World Premiere of Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Aaron Jay Kernis on Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 PM, Friday, January 22 at 10:45 AM and Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 PM with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  The DSO has generously offered at 20% discount to SEMFA members for all tickets, all seats, any performance.  You must purchase your tickets online using a special one-time Promo Code.  To obtain the Promo Code,  your SEMFA membership must be current. Contact us at  We’ll email you the code.  
Mark your calendars for this DSO concert featuring Ms. Piccinini, whom Gramophone Magazine has hailed  “the Heifetz of the flute”.  A daring artist with diverse musical interests, virtuoso flutist Marina Piccinini is in demand worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Internationally acclaimed for her interpretive skills, rich, expansive colors, technical command and elegant, compelling stage presence. 
Aaron Jay Kernis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who studied composition in San Francisco, Manhattan and at Yale with John Adams, Jacob Druckman, Morton Subotnik, and Charles Wuorinen. His is a truly eclectic musical language, as willing to incorporate the influences of Latin rhythms, jazz and rap as to use harmonic worlds of the Romantic masters, the Renaissance and Hildegard von Bingen. His Concerto for Flute and Orchestra promises to expose his musical intuitive and emotional eloquence.


 Also on the program: Bizet’s Suite from the Opera “Carmen”, John Williams’  Trumpet Concerto featuring Hunter Eberly, principal trumpet player of the DSO,  and Ravel’s Bolero.  This concert will be at Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. We look forward to seeing you there!

14th Annual SEMFA Flute Festival

March 26, 2015

Announcing the 14th Annual SEMFA Flute Festival! Mark your calendars for October 24, 2015! Project Trio will be our guest artists. Click on the tab "Annual Festival" for more information.

View older posts »

Welcome to SEMFA

The SEMFA 14th Annual Flute Festival on October 24, 2015 will feature guest artists Project Trio at Westminster Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell Avenue, Detroit. The full schedule is available for view on this website by clicking on the “Annual Festival” tab.”  
We are honored to host our featured artists PROJECT Trio in concert.  Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages.  Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment!  PROJECT Trio is a musical experience not to be missed.

The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.
The festival will also spotlight local talented youth in the High School Young Artists Competition (Grades 9 - 12) and the Rachel Stornant Young Artists Competition (Grades 4 - 8), a Silent Auction and an Exhibit Hall you won’t want to miss.  All flutist members are invited to join the Mass Flute Choir Performance (you must register: see the “Mass Flute Choir” drop-down under Annual Festival).  The very popular “Made in Midwest Flute Showcase” concert samples a variety of flute ensembles from the Southeast Michigan and Northern Ohio areas.
Workshops at the festival this year: “Warm Ups with Amanda (Sparfeld) Blaikie” and Lauren Erickson’s “Gizmos, Gadgets, Tricks & Tips” are sure to inspire.  Baroque Flutists Shelly Rouse-Freitag and Laura Larson will present a lecture and hands-on demonstration workshop entitled “Baroque Flute for the Modern Flutist”.  This class is open to all festival attendees and will even provide Baroque flutes for use (First come, first serve).  
Don’t miss this year’s Flute Festival.  Register today!