SEMSA is goverened by a volunteer Board of Directors. There are numerous opportunities for parents to volunteer and serve within the organization. We encourage families to contact any of the SEMSA Board members with ideas about how we can better serve our young musicians.
President - Bernadetta Elder
President Elect- *Open Position
Past President - Ángel Falú-García
Treasurer - Sherry Jester
Secretary - Sonya Demirci
Group Class Coordinators- Coordinator - Evalina Day & Ann Robertson
Membership Chair - Ángel Falú-García
Fund Raising - *Open Position
Recital Coordinators - *Open Position
Communications - Elizabeth Mcintosh and Eric Borisch (Website)
Instrument exchange - Eric Borisch
Members at Large / Studio Teachers: Linda Thompson, Carolyn Mead, Kathleen Lamb,
Laura Geissler and Ángel Falú-García.
SEMSA was founded in 1984 by a group of music lesson teachers dedicated to the Shinichi Suzuki's philosophy of music instruction. The intended purpose was for SEMSA to organize events, which would encourage students and their parents and enhance the students' musical experience and enjoyment of music.
The Southeastern Minnesota Suzuki Association is well-established by American Suzuki standards. Teachers here began working with the method in the mid-1970's. A public school teacher, Georgia Daniels, was first to experiment with the new ideas coming out of Japan. In 1984 a group of teachers met to plan a workshop for area music students. SEMSA was formed to secure funding for that event.
Over our 30 year history, we have sponsored over sixty honors recitals, teacher recitals, parent workshops, and field trips to the Twin Cities to hear orchestra concerts and operas. Our biennial workshop, Gasshuku, focuses the community's attention on special topics like the Dalcroze method, chamber music, accompanying and concerti. For the November, 2009, Gasshuku, we commissioned a chamber work by nationally known composer, Catherine McMichael. Students studied the art of composition, composed their own original pieces and premiered McMichael's work.