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  • All Preparatory Honors Recital

    May 15, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    The Preparatory and Continuing Education division is pleased to present some of its finest students in our end-of-year gala recital.

    Reception following
  • Ryan Anthony and Friends

    May 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
    Severance Hall

    A special evening to raise money for Cancer Blows and the Ryan Anthony Foundation.

    Presented by the Department of Music of Case Western Reserve University.


    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony I
    Dr. Gary M. Ciepluch, conductor
    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Symphonic Winds
    Melissa Lichtler, conductor
    Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II – Concert Winds
    Daniel Crain, conductor
    Ryan Anthony, trumpet, guest artist
    Peter Meechan, guest composer
  • Musical Luncheon Series: CIM Alumni Giving Back

    May 25, 2016, 11:15 pm
    Mixon Hall

    Many CIM alumni stay in Cleveland after graduation. They’re performers and musical entrepreneurs building their own music ensembles, series and festivals and bringing the joy of music to the community in new and creative ways.  Join us as they share their talent and experiences.  Our host is pianist, Shuai Wang.

Violinist Stephen Sims is an instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Sato Center for Suzuki Studies, as well as an Adjunct/Secondary instructor at the conservatory.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he won the Pelzer Fellowship Award in performance; a Master’s Degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded the Jerome Gross Memorial Prize in violin and the Alumni Association Valedictory Prize; and a Bachelor’s Degree in performance from the University of Illinois, graduating with high honors.  His principal teachers include Leopold LaFosse, Linda Cerone, David Russell, Catherine Tait, Sergiu Luca and Barbara Jackson.  While working on his Master’s Degree, he was enrolled in CIM’s first Suzuki Pedagogy course.  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.  In 2000, the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts recognized him as one of Tennessee’s outstanding educators.

An orchestral musician for many years, Sims served as Assistant Principal Violin of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2002, Concertmaster of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra from 1988-94 and Assistant Concertmaster of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra while in his junior year of high school.  He has performed as soloist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra, the Emporia State University Orchestra, the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota State University Orchestra.  He has performed recitals throughout the United States and in Ireland.

In addition to his duties at CIM, Sims also taught at Denison University from 2005-2012, and at El Sistema @ University Circle during 2013-14.  Prior to his appointment to the CIM Faculty in 2004, Sims held teaching positions at the University of Memphis Community Music School, the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School of Music. 


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