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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.

Summer Day Camp Class of 2015 for more images of camp visit our Facebook page

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 with primary teachers Andrew Jennings and Kathryn Votapek. He has served as guest concertmaster of the Dearborn Symphony and the Michigan Philharmonic, and he is a member of the symphonies of Kalamazoo, Flint, and Battle Creek. He frequently performs with other area ensembles including Lansing Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, and ÆPEX Contemporary Ensemble.

An avid chamber musician at U of M, Daniel was a four-year member of the Baits Quartet, participating in masterclasses with the Takács Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, and the groups Eighth Blackbird and Time For Three. He now enjoys working with adult amateur musicians in the Ann Arbor area, and he appears regularly with CutTime Simfonica, the innovative group led by former Detroit Symphony bassist Rick Robinson.

In 2017, Daniel joined the Troubadours, a string quartet-plus-storyteller that performs for elementary school students throughout Genesee and parts of Oakland County as an outreach ensemble for the Flint Institute of Music. Past teaching positions include teaching violin group classes at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor and in several Flint schools through the Sphinx Organization’s ‘Overture’ program. In addition to teaching for CAS, Daniel maintains a private teaching studio in Ann Arbor.

Jacob V. Warren (Double Bass) holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in Double Bass Performance from the University of Michigan where he received the 2017 Earl V. Moore Award in Music. Past primary teachers include Robert Rohwer and Dr. Diana Gannett. Jacob is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Improvisation at the University of Michigan. His passion for acoustic music has led him to pursue a wide range of musical genres, from classical to Cajun, folk, jazz and more. He loves to blend these influences, and find the connections between genres. Intense collaboration and continuous learning are some of the greatest joys Jacob has in music and in life. As a young classical musician, he has toured internationally with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA under Valery Gergiev, participated in the Pirastro Elite Soloist Program, and attended the Wabass Institute for the 21st Century Bassist where he studied with Harold Robinson among others. Jacob has performed with multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall, guitarist Julian Lage and others as a part of the Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar—a program which invites 16 string players under the age of 22 from around the world to participate in a week of intense improvisation, composition, and performance training. Jacob maintains a busy performing career with a number of groups, including: Westbound Situation (westboundsituation.com), Warren & Flick (warrenandflick.com), and San, Emily and Jacob (sanemilyandjacob.com).

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.

Jillienne Bowers (violin/viola) Jillenne Bowers is an active performer and teacher throughout the Southeast, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio areas. She is currently a core member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and has been a member as section first violinist for 26 years. An avid chamber music lover, Jillienne has performed on many of the Chamber Series Concerts in Toledo, as well as given performances with the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra and the New York String Seminar. With the latter group, she was fortunate enough to perform at Carnegie Hall and the National Center for the performing arts in Washington D.C. She has also given solo performances in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, California, as well as abroad in Europe and Asia. Her teachers include Dr. David Margetts, Charles Libove (the gentleman with the golden tone), Raphael Druian, Camilla Wicks, and Paul Kantor.

As a teacher, Jillienne is a registered Suzuki teacher and follows Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy that every child can learn to play a musical instrument. She currently has a private studio of violin and viola students in Adrian, Michigan as well as Toledo, Ohio. Shortly, she will begin teaching in Manchester, also. She teaches all ages ranging from age 3 to 43. As an adjunct violin professor, she has taught at Hillsdale College, Adrian College, and is currently adjunct professor with Siena Heights University. Jillienne has also been a clinician for several workshops in the area. As one of her favorite things to do over the summer, she teaches and performs at Blue Lake Summer Suzuki camp every summer in June. She has also been newly appointed as Music Director of Siena Heights Youth Symphony Orchestra as of 2016.

Jillienne received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Peabody Music Conservatory of John’s Hopkins University, a Masters in Music in violin performance from Boston University, and a Post-Baccalaureate in music education from Eastern Michigan University.

Jillienne is married to her Bryan for almost 28 years, and resides in Adrian, Michigan with their English Labrador, Kiira and miniature dachshund, Vinny. She has three grown boys who all studied violin, viola, and cello instruments under the Suzuki Pedagogy. Her hobbies are swimming, walking, gardening, attempting to play jazz violin, and reading.

 
 

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.