Director of Instrumental Studies
Stuart Sims is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at California State University, Stanislaus, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, teaches courses including conducting and music literature, and manages the instrumental area of the Department of Music. Widely recognized for his work in the standard repertoire, Dr. Sims is also active in the commission and performance of new music and performances of his ensembles have won praise throughout the country from composers whose work he has premiered or championed, including Mason Bates, Bernard Rands, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, and Jonathan Newman. Ensembles under his direction have performed at regional, state, and national events and travel widely.
He is in demand as guest conductor and clinician, having served as Assistant Conductor of the Music for All Honor Band of America, conducting the CBDA All-State Concert Band, the CODA All-State Symphony Orchestra, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and leading the California Community College Honor Band. Dr. Sims also frequently serves as guest conductor for regional honor bands and orchestras and at state music conferences, including multiple appearances at the California Band Directors Association annual conferences as well as CMEA conferences.
Keenly interested in expanding the boundaries of concert music presentations, Dr. Sims is active in other realms, serving as Creative Consultant for the Opera Remix Project for Townsend Opera and founding The Loose Filter Project, an arts think tank whose home on the web (www.loosefilter.com) features podcasts, audio and video recordings, and commentary.
Having studied primarily with H. Robert Reynolds and Gary W. Hill, Dr. Sims holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Arizona State University, a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. His professional affiliations include the Conductors Guild of America, the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators’ National Conference, and the California Music Educators’ Association.