Violinist Stephen Sims is an orchestral musician and a music educator. He has been a registered Suzuki teacher for over 25 years and is a frequent clinician at Suzuki workshops and institutes around the country. His students have won numerous concerto competitions, served as concertmasters and section principals for All-State and national youth orchestras, and continued on to successful careers in music.


  • BM in performance with high honors, University of Illinois
  • MM in performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • DMA in performance and pedagogy, University of Iowa
  • Principal teachers include Leopold LaFosse, Linda Cerone, David Russell, Catherine Tait, Sergiu Luca and Barbara Jackson

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    • 2004–present
  • El Sistema @ University Circle
    • 2013–2014
  • Denison University
    • 2005–2012
  • Additional teaching positions:
    • University of Memphis Community Music School
    • The Preucil School of Music in Iowa City
    • The Cedar Rapids Symphony School of Music