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 grew to over 140 students, ranging in ages 3-14. She also enjoyed teaching General Music to Middle School Students in 6th-8th grades where the focus changed to learning about Music History, Music Theory, and performance on instruments including keyboards, glockenspiels, hand bells, and guitars.
As of June 2020, Emily opened her own private violin studio, Beau Son Strings, LLC. The name 'Beau Son' means beautiful sounds in French and is in remembrance of her son, Beau, who passed in late 2019. Emily currently has 14 private violin students and still has a few openings for private lessons.
Check out the Beaus Son Strings page for more information!
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
August 2005-August 2010; University of Missouri - St. Louis
Awareed Bachelor Degree in Music - Violin Performance
August 2004-May 2005; University of Nebraska - Lincoln
August 2000 -May 2004; Nerinx Hall High School; Webster Groves, MO
Awarded High School Diploma
August 2017-present: Second violinist in the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra under direction of Stephen Morton
November 2017: Second Violinist in Winter Opera St. Louis Production
2015-present: First Violinist in Gateway Festival Orchestra under direction of Dr. James Richards and new conductor Darwin Aquino
2014-present: Second Violinist in the Bach Society of St. Louis
2009-present: Violinist with Modde Music
2013-present: Suzuki Violin/General Music Teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School, St. Louis
August 2013-May 2015: General Music Teacher at St. Dominic Savio School in Affton, MO
August 2011-May 2013: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Edwardsville, IL
May 2010-present: Private Violin Instructor, St. Louis, MO
January 2002-2004: Nottelmann Music Co. St. Louis, MO
Fall 2002-2004/Fall 2005-2007: St. Louis Usher Service
2004-present: Freelance Violinist/Performer
Dr. Lenora-Marya Anop
Professor of Violin and Viola at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Pastoral Associate and Music Director, St. Margaret of Scotland Church
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