Stephen Spottswood (The Musician) native of Silver Spring, MD, moved to Columbus, OH to study music education at Capital University. He proceeded to inspire students and communities as the musical director of the inner-city youth orchestra, Urban Strings Columbus. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Stephen went on to start his solo career performing as a hip-hop and jazz violinist, while simultaneously working as a middle school orchestra teacher at Reynoldsburg City Schools. Stephen has worked to inspire African American classically trained musicians to incorporate contemporary genres in their performance. In January of 2020, he founded the Columbus Cultural Orchestra, whose mission is to advance a collective of multi-generational musicians of color by performing high-quality music. Stephen is married to Jhay Spottswood, and they live in Olde Towne East.