The Cultural Art Strings Program (CAS)

CAS provides the youth of Manchester an opportunity to explore string music through private lessons and group classes in violin, viola, cello, and bass. Lessons and classes are offered as an after school program that take place at the Manchester United Methodist Church. Lessons can also be offered at a students home or the instructors home by special arrangement. Students can participate in outreach concerts throughout the year or twice a year solo and group recitals. A two week Summer Camp held at the end of June serves as an introduction to string instruments for new players and a intensive study for intermediate or advanced players. The Benefit House Concert Series helps to raise funds for our program needs including supplies, subsidized lessons, and scholarships.

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Lessons/Group Class

Cultural Art String Program for Youth ages 6-13

Fall Semester September -December
Winter/Spring Semester January -May
Enrolling now for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, or Guitar

Contact us to request more information or for a free demonstration of all the instruments

Private Lessons

  • Adult rates are determined with instructor, please inquire
  • offered at Manchester United Methodist Church
  • billed monthly or by semester
  • two make-up lessons for excused absences/cancellations offered per semester
  • Cancellation Policy: You must notify us 24 hours prior to your lesson in order to receive credit unless the absence is deemed an emergency by the instructor or Director. Your instructor is reserving your lesson time for you. Repeated unexcused absences, tardiness, or cancellations will result in dismissal from the program. If your instructor has to cancel, a credit or substitute instructor will be offered.
  • Additional Fees for travel to Student Home

Group Classes
(private lessons required to participate)

  • once a week
  • advanced group available for experienced players
  • recitals in November and May
  • additional performances to be determined
  • play with your friends in a group setting
  • learn classical, jazz and folk/fiddling styles, music reading, leadership skills, team building
  • Refunds will only be issued if a student drops before the third class of each session

Sibling Discounts and Need Based Scholarships available. Please inquire through our Contact us page.

CAS SUMMER DAY CAMP

Two week music camp for youth ages 6-13 years. Beginners to Intermediate. Professional instructors will cover various styles of music including classical, jazz, fiddling.  No experience necessary for violin, viola, cello, bass or guitar. String instruments are available for use if you do not already own or rent one.  Half day includes small and large group lessons, art and creative movement. Full day includes advanced chamber music, music theory, private lessons, song writing, cajun fiddling or special process based projects. Curriculum based on final enrollment.

CAS Faculty

Aileen Pagan-Rohwer (cello, CAS Director) holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Oberlin College and Rice University respectively where she studied primarily with Norman Fischer and Christopher French. After completing a minority fellowship with the Houston Symphony, Aileen went on to perform with the Memphis Symphony. She has participated in such festivals as the Aspen Music Festival, Musicorda in Massachusetts, Scotia Festival in Nova Scotia and has performed with the Memphis Symphony, New World Symphony, Akron Symphony, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. She has also had the honor to be a part of the 1994 Solti Orchestra Project directed by the late Sir Georg Solti and is an alumnus of The New York String Orchestra under the direction of the late Alexander Schneider; both events took place at Carnegie Hall. Aileen has taught cello for over 30 years and has had students ranging from age 3-adults. In addition to teaching and performing, Aileen enjoys bringing audiences and performers together. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Performing Artists Associates and on the Board of Directors for the Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.  She previously managed Chamber Music Ann Arbor from 2000-2003 and worked at the University of Michigan as an Administrative Assistant for 13 years.  Her greatest joy is raising her three sons with her husband, Robert Rohwer, in a house full of wonderful music.

Daniel H. Winnick (violin, viola) is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied History and Violin Performance. He is currently a member of the Flint and Battle Creek symphonies, and he performs regularly with the orchestras of Dearborn, Kalamazoo, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Daniel has served as concertmaster of the Michigan Pops and Arbor Opera Theater, and was a member of U of M’s Contemporary Directions Ensemble, a new-music group. An avid chamber musician, Daniel was a four-year member of the Baits Quartet at U of M, and has participated in masterclasses with William Preucil, the Takacs Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, and the groups Eighth Blackbird and Time For Three. Since 2009, Daniel has performed with the Ann Arbor and Detroit chapters of Classical Revolution, a San Francisco-based music outreach initiative, and he joined The Thornbills, a rock band, in 2011. Daniel is on staff at the Rudolf Steiner School in Ann Arbor, and teaches after-school violin classes in Flint, Michigan through the Sphinx Organization’s Overture program. He maintains a private teaching studio in Ann Arbor.

Robert Rohwer (bass) holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin College, where his primary teachers included Timothy Pitts and Scott Haigh. He received his Master’s Degree in Bass Performance from Rice University under the guidance of Timothy Pitts and Paul Elison; as a Fellow of The Tanglewood Institute of Music, attended for two consecutive years studying privately and performing in master classes with esteemed bassist Edwin Barker; past instructors include Ethan Connor, Harold Robinson and Dave Malone; performed nationally with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Opera, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Toledo Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic; internationally with the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway) and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in addition to performances in Japan, Switzerland, the former Soviet Union, Germany, France and Italy; toured with the Amabile String Quartet and performed as solo bass in numerous chamber ensembles; currently a member of the Ann Arbor, Flint and Saginaw symphonies. He is currently on staff at Bowling Green State University as Adjunct Professor of Bass, the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor as Director of Instrumental Music, and maintains a private teaching studio in Ann Arbor.

Ryan Seay (guitar) Ryan received his training at Emory and Henry College in Virginia, Austin Peay State College in Tennessee and most recently studied Suzuki Bk 1-3 training with Mary Lou Roberts who is one of the top Suzuki guitar instructors in the country. Ryan is extremely well versed in many other styles of music including rock, blues, jazz and folk. For this reason we think he makes an excellent addition to our program which prides itself on teaching a classical foundation with exposure to jazz, folk and other alternative styles of music. Ryan currently lives in Ann Arbor where he maintains an additional private studio. He began teaching for CAS in 2015.

Benefit Concerts

How does CAS keep their prices so low compared to the rest of the county?

As a non-profit, we are supported by the community through private donations and in-kind services such as donated performance and teaching space. Funds raised at t benefit concerts go straight to CAS to be used for purchasing music and equipment, subsidizing lesson fees, or providing need based scholarships. These concerts also serve as inspiring events for our young students. Live music feeds the soul, engages the community, and provides an opportunity to young students to see their teachers playing pieces that someday they might play themselves. Please consider attending our events with your child. You may also support us by offering to host a concert in your home or be a sponsor at one of our venues. Hosting a concert means you would be providing the space and reception in your home or donating the funds for a venue and reception. Your donation is a tax deduction under our 501(c)3 status. Typical expenses for a concert range from $300-$600 for 30-60 people. If you are interested in becoming a host or sponsor, please contact Aileen Rohwer at 734.223.6876 or aileen@culturalartstrings.org.