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John Sumerlin

Nazarian Center (NC) 247
(401) 456-9522

Academic Background

B.M., Manhattan School of Music

Graduate Performance Diploma, SUNY Purchase

M.M., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Proteus String Quartet April 2018 poster

Courses Taught

Concertmaster-RIC Orchestra
Proteus String Quartet
MUS 164 Chamber Music Ensemble
Composition Seminar 150
Composition Seminar 350
MUS 170 Violin
MUS 171 Viola
MUS 270 Violin
MUS 271 Viola
MUS 370 Violin
MUS 371 Viola
MUS 564 Chamber Music Ensemble
MUS 570 Violin
MUS 571 Viola


Formerly a member of the American, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Amarillo Symphony Orchestras (Concertmaster), the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and the Harrington String Quartet, he has been on the faculty of SUNY Purchase, West Texas State University, and Artist in Residence at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nove Scotia).

John Sumerlin is a Professor of Music at Rhode Island College, where he teaches applied violin and viola, leads the Rhode Island College Chamber Orchestra, and is Director of Strings. He performs with the Proteus String Quartet (RI College faculty) (, as a recitalist, with Musica Dolce, and as Concertmaster of the RI College Symphony Orchestra.

Sumerlin is also a composer, and his works have been premiered at the college. These include his opera, AIR, string quartet, 5 HAPPINESS, and chamber orchestra work PANAPHONE. These can all be heard via links on his website:

Page last updated: August 17, 2020