Robert, the CEO and President of Stearns Violins, Inc., has been a repairman and restorer for over 18 years. His interest in violin restoration led to tutelage under his father, Rodger Stearns. Together they have attended the Oberlin Violin Restoration workshop for many years studying under masters such as Andrew Dipper, Jean-Jacques Fasnacht, Jeff Holmes, David Burgess, and others. Over the years, Robert has been a regular participant in the Oberlin workshops, as well as the Violin Society of America.
In addition to his involvement in the violin world Robert holds a Master’s degree in Ancient and Near Eastern Archaeology and Language from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is an adjunct professor of archaeology and Bible at Indiana Wesleyan University. Robert also serves the community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He is married to Jessica Stearns, a prominent violin teacher and performer in the area.