Janet Sims Assistant Principal Viola
Janet has performed with the Symphony in San Jose for 35 years. It is unusual in Silicon Valley to have the same colleagues for one’s entire adult life, but many of the current Symphony musicians have played with Janet and been her dear friends for all of those years. Janet grew up in a farming family that has lived in California’s Central Valley for many generations. She came to the Bay Area to study music as an undergrad at Stanford University and has called the area home ever since. During her musical career, Janet has worked not only with the Symphony here in San Jose, but with almost every other musical organization in the Bay Area. She has been principal viola and soloist with many music festivals and has performed chamber music throughout the West. She also taught viola at Santa Clara University, at San Jose State, and in her own private studio. As the Symphony transformed in 2001, Janet decided to explore new directions as well and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. Today, Janet has a private psychotherapy practice in Santa Clara, performs regularly with the Symphony, and is the lecturer for Symphony Silicon Valley’s pre-concert series: Music Notes. Janet’s Music Notes lectures offer the audience an insider’s look at the Symphony’s upcoming performances and gives her a chance to introduce and highlight her musical colleagues. Through these lectures, Janet has the opportunity to share her love of music with the community she calls home.