Violinist Stephen Sims teaches in the Cleveland Institute of Music Joint Music Program with Case Western Reserve University and in CIM’s Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. Sims as been a registered Suzuki teacher for 30 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 the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and various 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