Winter Workshop 2019

Bowing Techniques

The Roseville String Ensemble Board is planning a winter workshop on bowing techniques. If there is sufficient interest, there will be one workshop for cellos and basses from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on January 29th, and one workshop for violins and violas from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on either January 31st or February 28th. (If there’s lots of interest from both violinists and violists, we could have a violin workshop one night and a viola workshop the other night.) The cost would be between $25 and $35 per person, depending on the number of people interested.

Teachers will be Aaron Janse (for violins and violas) and John Madura (for cellos and basses). See their bios below.


The workshops will be held at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, 1795 Holton St., St. Paul.

Complete the Survey

If you want to participate, you must complete the following survey by January 14th:

Based on the survey responses, the Board will make a final decision by January 19th about whether to hold the workshop, and about the cost. Interested people will be notified immediately.


Aaron Janse is a second violinist in the Minnesota Orchestra. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The Juilliard School, where he studied with world renowned teacher Dorothy DeLay and Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard String Quartet. Aaron has performed and recorded as both a violinist and a violist. He teaches both instruments, and has given masterclasses and courses at colleges around the country including The Juilliard School Pre-College, New England Conservatory Pre-College, Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT), St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Iowa, University of London (Ontario), University of North Carolina Charlotte, and Weber State University in Logan, Utah. For more information about Aaron, see his profile on the Minnesota Orchestra website at:

John Madura is a retired teacher from the Mounds View Schools where he taught for 44 years.  He was also the district spring board diving coach during that time.  He has been awarded the MMEA Music Educator of the Year in 1988, MNSOTA Master School Orchestra Teacher in 2009, and is in the Swimming Hall of fame in Austin and the University of Minnesota.  John teaches cello and practices every day.  He loves to camp, hike and play chamber music with his wife, Kathryn Christie.

Topics for Workshop

  • Differences in styles of bowing based on time period of the music
  • How to bow a piece, as in, when to use up/down
  • How to use different parts of the bow
  • Unlearning misconceptions
  • Starting and ending notes
  • Learning how to change bow direction without stopping the sound.


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