Rowan Bauman Swain
Violist Rowan Bauman Swain hails from Charlotte, Vermont. At age 14, Rowan made her concerto
debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra; of the performance, the Rutland Herald wrote,
“Charlotte ninth-grader Rowan Bauman Swain proved stellar... Her performance was not only poised
and articulate, it was expressive and beautiful.” In Rowan soloed with the Vermont Youth Orchestra in
2019, as the winner of their annual “Senior Solo” competition. She is also the recipient of the
organization’s Weathers Scholarship, and of the Hermance Prize.
Currently, Rowan studies on a full scholarship at Bard College Conservatory of Music with Molly
Carr. From 2013-2020, she studied at the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, where her primary
teachers included Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Carol Rodland. As a member of the
Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, Rowan had the opportunity to work with guest artists including
Emanuel Ax, Robert Spano, Joyce Yang, and David Robertson. She also had the distinct honor of
performing the quintet Famn d’Ayiti with Grammy-nominated composer Nathalie Joachim at Alice
Tully Hall in New York City.
Rowan spent four idyllic summers at the Perlman Music Program Summer Music School in Shelter
Island, NY, and has also participated the program’s Residencies in Sarasota, Florida and Tel-Aviv,
Israel. Additionally, she has attended the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, the Music@Menlo
Young Performers Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Kinhaven Music School.
Rowan was a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2021.
In addition to music, Rowan is an eager student of literature, history, and languages. She is pursuing a
major in Classical Studies alongside her Viola Performance degree at Bard, and was the recipient of the
college’s 2021 Book Prize for Excellence in Language Learning–Greek.
Rowan plays on a 1974 Carleen Hutchins viola generously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.