Rodger Stearns has been making and restoring violins for over 50 years. In 1988 his keen interest in fine instrument restoration led him to Oberlin Violin Restoration Workshop where he studied with Vahukin Nigogosian, Hans Weishaar, Louz Belini, Horasio Pinero and other fine restorers over the course of 6 summers. (During those years the Oberlin Restoration Workshop was 4 weeks long in the month of July). Over the last many years Rodger has been a regular participant in the Oberlin workshops.
In addition to his involvement in the violin world, Rodger has a Master's Degree in Christian Ministries from Malone University and is the Chairman of the Ministerial Department of Allegheny Wesleyan College.