Musician, administrator, educator and entrepreneur, Virginia Bowman has quickly earned a name for herself as a talented violinist and leader. She was concertmaster with the Tahoe Symphony at the age of 19, and has gone on to play in several professional orchestras such as the Reno Philharmonic and Lubbock Symphony Orchestras.
Virginia earned both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has performed with many other symphonies including the Abilene Philharmonic, Big Spring Symphony, and the Roswell Symphony Orchestras. She has also participated in many music festivals including the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Sierra Summer Festival and the NYU Intensive String Quartet Festival. She has participated in master classes with known violin soloists Robert Chen, Elizabeth Pitcarn, Mads Tolling, and Ida Kavafian.
Aside from playing violin, Virginia is active in Arts Administration. She worked with the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra doing such jobs as program writing advertising, personnel manager and librarian. She was also an administrator for The Hot Springs Music Festival, the Sierra Summer Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA, and is currently General Manager of JamPro Music Factory.
Virginia has been teaching private violin and piano lessons for many years and had held other teaching positions such as Director of Orchestral Studies at JamPro and Teaching Assistant at both Texas Tech University and the University of Nevada,Reno. Dedicated to education, she also founded the Tahoe Symphony Youth Orchestra and assisted in the founding of the Reno Philharmonic Strings Symphonia.
Rock, hip hop, pop, jazz, and fiddle, Virginia has always enjoyed the versatility of the violin. She recorded violin tracks for the rock album Forevermore by Whitesnake. She has also played fiddle in a traditional Irish band called Whiskey Before Breakfast and currently performs fiddle, keyboard as well as lead and harmony vocal duties with the country/rock band Reckless Envy.