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. She later completed her Post-Baccalaureate in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. During this time, she studied with Janice Radford—Luna, Dr. David Margetts, Charles Libove, Raphael Druian, Camilla Wicks and Paul Kantor. 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 Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has given solo performances and chamber recitals in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and abroad, 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 30 years.

Jillienne’ s introduction to the Suzuki philosophy began after a friend gave her the book, “Nurtured with Love” by Shinichi Suzuki. Deeply influenced by this man’s philosophy, that every child can learn to play a musical instrument, Jillienne sought out training in this method beginning with Joanne Bath. Future training were with Suzuki trainers, Nancy Lokken, Ronda Cole, Alice-Joy Lewis, Wendy Azrak, Linda Stieg, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Linda Fiore, Linda Case, Tuesday’s with John Kendall, and Master teacher, Cathryn Lee. She teaches thirty students in her home town as well as in Toledo, Ohio. Some of these students have successfully pursued musical careers while others have pursued other successful careers. She is a proud mum of three grown boys, Christopher, Colin, and Charles, all raised to play musical instruments. She currently resides in Adrian, MI, with her husband, Bryan and their miniature dachshund, Vinnie. In her spare time, Jillienne loves spending time outdoors in the summer or winter, swimming, walking her dog, skiing, gardening, or reading.