About Emily Rockers Bowman

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Emily Rockers Bowman began learning the violin using the Suzuki Method at the age of 3. Emily began her studies with Rose Martin at what is now known as the Community School of Webster. Emily attended St. Margaret of Scotland School in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, MO where she started a Suzuki Violin Program in 2013. The program initially began with only 27 students and has now grown to over 140 students, ranging in ages 3-14. She also enjoys teaching General Music to Middle School Students in 6th-8th grades where the focus changes to learning about Music History, Music Theory, and performance on instruments including keyboards, glockenspiels, hand bells, and guitars.

Emily attended Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, MO while studying with Manuel Ramos who was a first violinist in the St. Louis Symphony before retiring. While in high school, she performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of David Amado and Scott Parkman.

After high school, Emily continued her violin education and received her BM from University of Missouri-St. Louis under the guidance of the Arianna String Quartet, John McGrosso, and David Gillham. She then went on to receive her MM from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville under the guidance of Dr. Lenora-Marya Anop and received her Suzuki Teaching Certification for Violin Volumes 1-10 from Vera McCoy-Sulentic.

Emily currently enjoys performing around the St. Louis area with prestigious groups including the Bach Society of St. Louis, Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, Gateway Festival Orchestra, Landolfi Quartet, and Modde Music. While Emily is classically trained, she enjoys playing/performing other genres of music including Musicals, Pop, Rock, Country, Indie, and Liturgical music. She has had the great opportunity to perform with famous musicians/groups including Black Eyed Peas, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Christine Brewer, Josh Groban, Michael W. Smith, and Amy Grant




August 2011-May 2013; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Awarded Master Degree in Music with emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy

  • Graduate Assistant for SouthernIllinois University Edwardsville Suzuki Program: August 2011 - May 2013 (See Professional Experience)
  • Graduate Assistant for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Lovejoy Library: January 2012 -September 2012 (See Professional Experience)
  • Member of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Orchestra

August 2005-August 2010; University of Missouri - St. Louis

Awareed Bachelor Degree in Music - Violin Performance

  • Participant in Chamber Music Ensembles under the direction of the Arianna String Quartet - eight semesters.
  • Member of the University of Missouri - St. Louis University Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Richards - nine semesters.
  • Concertmaster and Co-Concertmaster of the Univeristy of Missouri - St. Louis University Orchestra - four semesters.

August 2004-May 2005; University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Worked towards Bachelor Degree in Music, Violin Performance
  • Studied under direction of Professor David Neely
  • Participated in Chamber Music Ensemble and University Orchestra - two semesters
  • Substitute violinist for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra

August 2000 -May 2004; Nerinx Hall High School; Webster Groves, MO

Awarded High School Diploma

  • Member of Nerinx Hall Orchestra for four years, concertmaster for three years.
  • Member of Nerinx Hall Choir - two years.
  • Member of orchestra pit for high school musical productions including West Side Story, Les Miserables (concertmaster), Jane Eyre, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Secret Garden.

Professional Experience

August 2017-present: Second violinist in the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra under direction of Stephen Morton

  • Perform with orchestra for Sunday services at Salem United Methodist Church (August - May)
  • Perform with American Chamber Chorale for 3-4 concerts a year
  • Perform at other special events including holiday services and outside events

November 2017: Second Violinist in Winter Opera St. Louis Production

  • Performed in the orchestra pit for The Student Prince

2015-present: First Violinist in Gateway Festival Orchestra under direction of Dr. James Richards and new conductor Darwin Aquino

  • Perform concerts in July at Washington Unviversity Quadrangle,  Chesterfield Amphitheater, and The 560 Music Center all located in St. Louis, MO area

2014-present: Second Violinist in the Bach Society of St. Louis

2009-present: Violinist with Modde Music

  • Perform at weddings and other special events as a duo, trio, or more with pianist and vocalist

2013-present: Suzuki Violin/General Music Teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School, St. Louis

  • Teach Suzuki Violin to over 125 students aged 3-14
  • Teach General Music to Middle School Students in 6th-8th Grades
    • Music History, Music Theory, Keyboards, Glockenspiels, Handbells, and Guitar
  • Perform multiple concerts throughout the year including Busch Stadium, Botanical Gardens, nursing homes, school events, and other church events

August 2013-May 2015: General Music Teacher at St. Dominic Savio School in Affton, MO

  • Taught part-time PreK-8th Grade General Music
  • Coordinated student performances including an Advent Prayer Service with music and Talent Show.

August 2011-May 2013: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Edwardsville, IL

Student/Graduate Assistant

  • Student working towards Master Degree in Music Performance with emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy. Certified by the SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas) for teaching Suzuki Violin Method, Books 1-10
  • Graduate Assistant for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Suzuki Program: Taught private lessons on a weekly basis along with group lessons once a week 
  • Graduate Assistant for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Lovejoy Library: Archiving the donated John Kendall Workshop Materials. John Kendall is one of the individuals responsible for bringing the Suzuki Method to the United States in the early 1960s (January 2012-September 2012)

May 2010-present: Private Violin Instructor, St. Louis, MO

  • Main Focus is teaching Suzuki Method to young individuals beginning at the age of three. Current full studio ranges in ages from 7-16
  • Co-Director and teacher of Summer String Camp at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - July 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Substitute violin instructor at Community Music School in Webster Groves, MO
    • Taught group lessons on Saturdays at Suzuki Violin Book 1 level from September 2017-May 2018

January 2002-2004: Nottelmann Music Co. St. Louis, MO

  • Violin Instructor

Fall 2002-2004/Fall 2005-2007: St. Louis Usher Service

  • Usher for concerts and events occurring at Powell Symphony Hall

2004-present: Freelance Violinist/Performer

  • Provide musical services for weddings, funerals, and other events mainly in the St. Louis area
  • Responsible for compiling groups of musicians and music for hired events.
  • Performed with University City Symphony - 2 concerts Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
  • Toured with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players for six performances - April 2011
  • Performed with the Black Eyed Peas for the FIRST Robotics Championship at Edward Jones Dome - April 2011 (Aired on ABC network in August 2011)
  • Performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a total of four performances at the Scott Trade Center - December 2011 & 2012
  • Performed with Josh Groban at Peabody Opera House - October 2015
  • Performed with Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant at Lindenwood University and Scott Trade Center - December 2014 & 2015
  • Performed with the Jacksonville (Illinois) Symphony - November 2012 

Professional Memberships

Additional Information

  • Violinist on Multiple CD Recordings: Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move;  The Way of the Cross, and With my Voice, A Centennial Commemoration
    • All through St. Margaret of Scotland School and Parish
  • Violinist on CD Recording: Dave Drebes, St. Louis Voodoo
  • Volunteer my musical services by playing violin with the St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Choir at Sunday masses and other events : 1997-present
  • Performed with St. Margaret of Scotland Church Choir on Scotland Tour including locations in Glasow and Edinburgh - June 2013
  • Enjoy working with people; respected and valued by fellow colleagues
  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Time-oriented and organized
  • Music arranger for wedding services and other events


Darren Modde

Modde Music

Email: darren@moddemusic.com

Dr. Lenora-Marya Anop

Professor of Violin and Viola at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Email: lanop@siue.edu

Peter Hesed

Pastoral Associate and Music Director, St. Margaret of Scotland Church

Email: phesed@stmargaretstl.org

More References are available upon request.

Listen to Examples of Emily Performing