Welcome to SEMSA

For 30 years, SEMSA - the Southeastern Minnesota Suzuki Association has provided enriching experiences to promote the development of musical ability in youth in our community. A collaboration between students, parents, and teachers, SEMSA fulfills Shinichi Suzuki's ideal of the triangle that promotes talent and character among young people. Our organization supplements the learning that students are already doing at home and in their private studios. 

We offer a host of activites for students to be part of. Each month throughout the academic year, students of all instruments attend group lessons where they work on technique, practice their repertoire, and have fun with friends. Every other year in the fall, SEMSA organizes a workshop that we call Gasshuku. At this weekend retreat, students gain additional experience by working with guest clinicians from around the country, while parents have a chance to participate in lectures on topics relevant to their role as practice partners and guides. Finally, SEMSA puts on periodic special workshops like the Improvisation workshop planned for early 2016.

If you are a Suzuki student in a participating studio, we invite you to join here. If you are looking to begin Suzuki instruction, see our list of participating studios for individual teachers. Finally, if you are a teacher looking to establish a studio in our area, we encourage you see our page for prospective teachers.

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Register for the January 2016 Improvisation Workshop

Join SEMSA and guest clinician Drew Robertson for an improvisation workshop on January 15-16, 2016 in Rochester, MN!

Suzuki students of all instruments will have the opportunity to work with Drew Robertson in 30-60 minute session on both of the workshop days and will participate in a wrap-up jam session on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7 PM. Students will be divided by book level with final class times to be determined according to the number participating.

The fee for participation is $20; and the registration deadline is December 18, 2015. Parents should remit the payment and registration forms to their studio teacher or at the Friday, December 18 group lesson. Alternatively, they may send payment to Judy Hickey, 1807 Northern Viola Ln NE, Rochester, MN  55906.

All events will be held at the new SEMSA group lesson location - Rochester Covenant Church in Rochester, MN.

Improvisation is a great way to build confidence in instrumental playing, sensitivity to harmony, rhythm and progressions. Please make sure to join us for this unique workshop. You can download and complete the registration form.



SEMYO Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser
Sponsor: Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras
Event: Dad's Belgian Waffles Fundraiser in support of SEMYO
Location: Century High School Cafeteria
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Cost: $7.00 per person, 5 and under eat free

Support the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras and enjoy a delicious breakfast cooked up by Dad’s Belgian Waffles.  The menu includes all-you-can eat Belgian waffles and toppings, sausage, and beverages. Tickets are $7.00 per person ...

Improvisation workshop

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SEMSA is excited to provide an Improvisational Workshop in 2016. The workshop information will be posted on this page as it becomes available. For now, we ask that you reserve these dates so student musicians can attend this exciting event.

Saturday, January 16th - Monday, January 18th, 2016
If you would like to help with planning/coordinating event activities, please contact Judy Hickey at hickey.judy@gmail.com

Holiday fundraiser

SEMSA members take note of the holiday gift card fundraiser.

To participate, you need to go shopwithscrip.com and register with the SEMSA account number (they call it an enrollment code) of FA934B5L15847. No money needs to be given to the site. Our SEMSA fundraising coordinator Heather Menges will distribute the physical cards that you purchase from the site. You just need to provide a check made out to SEMSA for the amount that you've purchased. You can enter your purchases anytime between now and December 11, 2015. We will exchange the cards for your check at the December 18, 2015 group lessons.