Mrs. Jillienne Bowers

Violin, Viola Teacher

Jillienne Bowers

SAA Member


Adrian, MI
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Biography for Jillienne Bowers

Violinist Jillienne Bowers began her musical studies at the age of eight in her native town of Seal Beach, California. After two years at Chapman University in Orange County, California, she ventured to the east coast to continue her studies. Jillienne received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of John’s Hopkins University and pursued graduate studies earning her Master of Music degree from the University of Boston. During this time, she studied with Dr.David Margetts, Charles Libove, Raphael Druian, and Camilla Wicks. She was also fortunate to work under Alexander Schneider in the New York String Orchestra for two years allowing her to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York and the National Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has given solo performances in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Ohio. She has given chamber recitals in Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, and Germany. Currently, Jillienne performs with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as 4th chair first- section violinist and has been a member for 26 years.

Jillienne began her Suzuki pedagogy training 26 years ago in Snowmass, Colorado, with Joanne Bath. Deeply influenced by Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy that every child can learn to play with excellence, she continued her studies with Suzuki trainers, Nancy Lokken, Ronda Cole, Alice-Joy Lewis, Wendy Azrak, Linda Stieg, Cathryn Lee, and Master Suzuki teacher, John Kendall. She teaches a private studio of eighteen violin students in her home with a few of those students pursuing degrees in Music performance or Music Education. She is a proud mum of three boys, Christopher, Colin, and Charles, all raised to play musical instruments. She currently resides in Adrian, MI, with her husband, Bryan and their English Labrador, Kiira. In her spare time, Jillienne loves spending time outdoors in her garden, swimming, walking with her dog, and reading.