Kevin Sims

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Kevin Sims


Kevin Sims is a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and filmmaker living in Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder and artistic director of, and regular performer with, Open Music, an open-instrumentation experimental music ensemble and concert series in central Pennsylvania.

Kevin’s recent work includes the percussion album Yarrow Canon (Orb Tapes 2023); a film for violin duo Du.0's piece Fantasy on "Item de Virginibus" Hildegard of Bingen; the multimedia documentary projects Battle Hymn of the Public (Orb Tapes 2020) and Our Sense of the Real; a collaboration with composer Scott Wollschleger and poet Abby Minor on a percussion monodrama titled We Have Taken and Eaten; and many recordings and performance as one half, along with James Searfoss, of the improvisation duo Moth Bucket.

Kevin studied percussion at Manhattan School of Music in New York and on a DAAD fellowship at the Musikhochschule Freiburg in southwestern Germany and was a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Red Light New Music in New York, and of the international percussion group Ensemble XII.