Trevor Holien

Trevor H.

Saint Paul, MN

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About

Trevor delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2013

I began playing violin at the age of 4. I took private lessons for over 15 years. I have performed in numerous musical theater productions in the Twin Cities and Red Wing. Credits include Phantom of the Opera at The Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, and Eagan Community Theater productions of The Boyfriend, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma! and many more. I was a member of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and served as concertmaster for the ISD 191 StringWerks Youth Chamber Ensemble. I played String Bass for Eagan High School Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble as well. I’m currently a member of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival’s popular Irish Folk band “Four Pints Shy”. I went to school for performing arts and switched majors to String Luthiery (building and repairing violins and other stringed instruments) at Red Wing Technical College. I have an extensive knowledge of violin performing arts and repairing them. I stick true to the statement that "violin is my life".

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Experience

Fiddler
Aug 2008 - Present
Minnesota Renaissance Festival

I perform as the fiddler for the popular band Four Pints Shy.

Violinist
Apr 2007 - Jan 2012
Saint Peter's Catholic Church

Violinist for 2 Sunday masses a week.

1st Violin
May 2008 - Dec 2010
Mississippi Valley Orchestra

Concert Master
Jan 2005 - May 2008
String Werks Youth Chamber Ensemble

1st Violin
Jan 2002 - Dec 2004
String Werks Youth Chamber Ensemble

Education

String Luthier
Apr 2011 - May 2011
University of New Hampshire
String Luthier
Aug 2010 - May 2011
Red Wing Technical College
Violin: Performing Arts
Aug 2008 - Dec 2009
Normandale Community College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Best Musical Act
Sep 2013
Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Perfect Rating
Jan 2008
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2007
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2006
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2005
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2004
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2003
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2002
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2001
National Federation of Music Clubs
Perfect Rating
Jan 2000
National Federation of Music Clubs

Photos & Videos

Playing with my Irish folk band, Four Pints Shy.

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Building a violin scroll.

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Playing an $8,000,000 real Stradivarius in Chicago.

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13 Reviews

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Eric S. Apr 28, 2016
Violin · In home

I am quite the challenge to any teacher. My only prior experience in music was a drumline in a high school marching band. At age 54 I rented a violin and found Trevor on Take Lessons. I was unsure if I really wanted to undertake learning to play the violin as an adult, however Trevor has been great. He’s very supportive, understands the time challenges of a working adult and has been very inspiring. I have been taking lessons now with Trevor for 8 months. I really enjoying playing and I find myself trying to carve out as much time as I can to practice. Thanks Trevor!

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Craig B. Mar 4, 2016
Violin · In studio

Left the first lesson feeling motivated and excited about learning the violin.

Emma Feb 19, 2016
Violin · In home

I was great for the first lesson but wish he would of email me...what books to buy or what to get for the for a first time student.

Benson Aug 14, 2015
Violin · In studio

Trevor is a fantastic and attentive instructor, who has talent and passion for the violin.

Jackie Jul 31, 2015
Violin · In home

Trevor is an incredible talent!!! I have had the opportunity to hear him play in many venues and I recommend him highly as both a performer and a teacher.

Will Jul 29, 2015
Violin · In studio

Great teacher and a fabulous stand partner. Knows the music and is always prepared. Great with kids too.

Jean Jul 29, 2015
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I was a music director for a large Catholic Church. I started working with Trevor when he was just 14. Through the years he played the violin on Sunday morning during Mass, weddings, funerals and special Liturgies. Trevor is familiar with all styles of music from classical to contemporary. And he is a great site reader, a wonderful skill to have when I would change things up in the middle of Mass. Trevor plays the violin with deep, rich sound. And I think a good teacher is often someone who is a performing artist as well. And that's Trevor. I recommend him highly.

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Andrew Jul 29, 2015
Violin · In home

I found Trevor to be competent, genial, and very knowledgeable about playing the violin. I highly recommend his tutelage.

Becka Jul 29, 2015
Violin · In studio

Trevor is a very skilled and accomplished violinist, in many different styles, and he's very friendly and easy to work with! I highly recommend him.

Jeffrey Jul 29, 2015
Violin · In studio

A professional in every respect of the word. His knowledge and instruction is the at the top.

Grace Jul 29, 2015
Violin ·

I have known Trevor for many years. I've seen him perform with his band and to say it plainly..he is VERY good. Watching him makes me excited to get better myself. You can tell he truly enjoys playing and his passion is contagious. He helped me pick out my violin and with his skills as a violin maker, he even modified it to get the best sound. Not only is he a knowledgeable and talented musician, he is a kind and patient person. I highly recommend Trevor to others.

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Ashley Jul 29, 2015
Violin · In home

Trevor is an awesome teacher and musician. He's patient and great with kids. We're lucky to have him!

Robin Jul 29, 2015
Violin · In studio

Trevor is an excellent teacher. I am the most difficult student in the world because I am so easily frustrated. I say I am going to quit every week and he inspires me to keep going. I see progress every lesson which is different from other teachers I have had in the past. He is patient, encouraging, but still enforces the work that needs to be done. Because of Trevor, I have a new understanding of music theory, history of violins, and the music I play. You would be lucky to have him as a teacher!

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