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Blinn offers community education strings course for musicians 18 and under

16-week course meets at 5 p.m. Tuesdays on the Blinn-Brenham Campus

December 12, 2016

Blinn College’s community education strings course will return in January, taught by renowned musician Renee Gilliland.

Students 18 and under are invited to enroll in a non-credit, continuing education strings course focusing on the violin, viola and cello. The 16-week, $320 course begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, and meets at 5 p.m. Tuesdays in the Machat Music Facility on the Brenham Campus.

“Learning to play a string instrument is challenging but also exciting and thrilling,” Gilliland said. “I am really looking forward to teaching this course and playing music together.”

Gilliland guest conducts, teaches privately, and performs with the Brazos Valley Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Music from Indiana University.

Gilliland has been a member of various ensembles, including the first International YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which debuted at Carnegie Hall. She soloed as a violinist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, has performed in music festivals in Spain, Portugal, and New York, and currently participates in international and national conducting workshops.

Interested students should complete the form at: and email it to, or turn it in at Blinn’s A.W. Hodde, Jr., Technical Education Center.

Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to the course, but instrument rentals are available. Students who need information regarding instrument rental or general information about course can contact Music Department Head Todd Quinlan at or 979-830-4288.