Music Alumni

We are happy to receive information about Simpson's proud music alumni working in the field of music!  Please, send your information to Dr. Tim McMillin for inclusion!


Chad AllardDirector of Bands at Marion High School, Marion, IA. Formerly 7-12 Band Director at Iowa Valley Schools in Marengo, IA, and 9-12 Band Director at AGWSR Schools in Ackley, IA.
Ruth (Blaschke) ArrowoodMusic Educator, Wood County Schools, West Virginia (27 years); Music Education adjunct, West Virginia University-Parkersburg; Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Teachers; Who's Who Among America's Teachers (1990); Adult Choir director, St. Paul Lutheran Church; The Parkersburg Choral Society.
Elizabeth BeldenTeacher at Primrose School of Cool Springs, TN. Soprano, Nashville Symphony Chorus.
Corey Bix Principal Tenor at Vienna Volksoper, Metropolitan Opera, Utah Opera, Bard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Greek National Opera, Santa Fe Opera.
Paul BloomquistDirector of Bands, Iowa Central Community College
Jeremy Britton5-12 Instrumental Music Teacher at Harris-Lake Park Schools, Lake Park, IA
Eric BruceArts Commissioner, City of Minneapolis
Forest L. BuchtelProlific composer of band and solo instrumental music
Matt CodyCurrently an associate director of bands at Decorah Community School District teaching lessons 5-12, directing the 7th grade band, high school Symphonic band, and Jazz One.
Noah CorneliusCurrently Director of Choral Activities at BCLUW Middle School and High School, grades 6-12. Formerly choir director at Farragut and Sidney schools.
Brad CresswellClassical Music Director: WGTE Radio; formerly - contributing producer at WNYC New York; formerly - Operatic Tenor with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and credits on Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, New World, Innova, and Carlton Classics record labels.
Jeremy Crozier Director of Choirs at Haltom High School, Birdville ISD, Haltom City, Texas; formerly Trinity High School and Plano ISD
Lisa (Patrick) DahlbergAssistant to the Executive Director, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra; President, Rosetown Playhouse.
Emily (Bisbee) Deutsch5-8 Band Director at Central Lyon Community School District in Rock Rapids, IA, including 5th Grade Beginner Band, 6-8 Middle School Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band, HS Marching Band Assistant, and HS Jazz II Band.
Nels DovreElementary Music Specialist. Des Moines Public Schools - Madison Elementary.
Douglas Duncan Founding Managing Director, Des Moines Metro Opera
Michael Egel Artistic Director, Des Moines Metro Opera
Crystal Fisher High School Band Director, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton CSD. All Strings Attached Symphony, Big
Band Sound, and Director of the All Strings Attached Brass Choir, Carroll, IA.
Mike Fisher Former Director of Secondary Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music at West Marshall Community Schools. Currently, an administrator for Waterloo Community Schools.
Jade FoxK-5 General Music Teacher in Urbandale, IA. Soprano, Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Lauren FuemmelerElementary Music Teacher in Waukee Community Schools - Walnut Hills Elementary. Alto, Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Sara (Best)  GarciaMusic Recruitment Assistant at Simpson College.  Youth Choir Director, Senior Choir Director, & Praise Band Leader at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Indianola, IA.
Margaret K. (Peggy) Golden-GeorgePrivate fine arts studio in Des Moines. Member of the adjuciation team for 2013-2014 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards program.
Robert GoodloeVeteran baritone at the Metropolitan Opera (984 performances); former Admissions Office, Simpson College
Donald GrayBaritone, Choral Director; Professor of voice, University of South Carolina-Columbia, SC; Metropolitan Opera Audition winner; Mario Lanza Competition winner (1972).
Theodore GreenTenor; 1999 Richard Tucker Opera Gala; Royal Swedish Opera; Toledo Opera; Minnesota Opera; Vancouver Opera; Seattle Opera; Michigan Opera Theatre; Boston Lyric Opera; Central City Opera; Nevada Opera; Knoxville Opera; Sarasota Opera; Opera Omaha; Des Moines Metro Opera; Minnesota Orchestra; Opera Theater of St. Louis; Kentucky Opera; Wolf Trap Opera; St. Louis Symphony; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Louisville Orchestra; Chautauqua Symphony; New York Choral Society.
Rebecca (Couch) GruberChoral Conductor.  Currently Choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Church and Artistic Director for Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus, Des Moines, IA. Affiliate voice teacher and conductor for Women's Chorale at Simpson College, Indianola, IA.
Amy (Voorhees) Hall Director of Choral Activities, Waukee High School; Past choral director at Hoover High School, Heartland Youth Choruses
Carolyne Hall Assistant to Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello, Glimmerglass Opera
Emily (Grundstad) HallAssistant Professor of Music in Voice, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia
Craig HancockDirector of Bands, Wartburg College; Former trombone in Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera
John HancockArts Consultant, CEO of Milwaukee, WI, and Spokane, WA, Symphonies, Pasadena Pops, ex-principal horn DMMO orchestra.
Patrick HansenConductor, pianist, coach and stage director. Director of Opera, McGill University. Professional affiliations: Opera Festival of New Jersey, Pittsburgh Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Tulsa Opera, Memphis Opera, Juilliard Opera Center, et al.
Rita HarveyBroadway actress, singer and performer. Credits include leading roles in Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Frankenstein: The Musical, The Prince and the Pauper et al.
Brandon HendricksonBaritone; Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota.
Dennis HendricksonChoral Conductor.  Currently Des Moines Metro Opera and Music Coordinator at St. Catherine of Siena, Des Moines, IA. Affiliate voice teacher at Simpson College, Indianola, IA. Formerly Choral Director at Atlantic High School, Atlantic, IA.
Melinda (Crane) HendricksonK-5 Music Teacher at Greenwood Elementary, Des Moines Public Schools. Co-director of music ministry at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church and Drake Newman Student Center, Des Moines.
Teri HerronSoprano; Voice Faculty, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi.
Arthur HillElementary Music Specialist. Des Moines Public Schools - Studebaker Elementary.
Kristine HillK-8 Music Specialist. Carlisle Community Schools.
Heath HubergTenor, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Merola Opera Program-San Francisco Opera, Omaha Symphony, Opera Providence, Opera Omaha, Opera Southwest, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Utah Opera, Utah Symphony.
Christy HungerfordK-8 Music Specialist - general music, band, and choir, Isaac Newton Christian Academy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; New Covenant Bible Church choir and bell choir; Chorale Midwest and Chamber choirs.
Craig IrvinBaritone with Chicago Lyric Opera. Booked through 2013 with Minnesota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Philadelphia Opera, Wolf Trap Opera. Gaston, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, National Tour.
Beth (Spreen) JahnElementary Music Teacher, Yellow Medicine East School, Granite Falls, MN.
Kiersten (Hendrickson) JohnsonElementary Music Teacher, Irvin Elementary School, Indianola, IA.
Kimm JulianBaritone. Assistant Professor of Music, Minnesota State University, Vocal Instructor, Director of Opera Workshop.
Alanna KeenanAssociate Professor of Music, Director of the Program in Voice, Opera Workshop, at Franciscan University of Steubenville
Janara Kellerman BellanovaMezzo-Soprano; San Antonio Opera; Des Moines Metro Opera; New Jersey State Opera; Dicapo Opera; Avery Fisher Hall; Dubuque Symphony; New York City Opera; Cedar Rapids Opera; Topeka Symphony.
Gordon H. LambConductor, author of leading choral textbook, professor and administrator. Former Vice President and Professor in the University of Texas System; President of Northeastern Illinois University; Interim Chancellor and Professor in the University of Wisconsin. Senior vice president of EFL and Associates, an educational consulting firm.
Robert L. Larsen Conductor, pianist, stage director, editor, and college professor; Former Chair of Simpson College Department of Music; Currently Professor Emeritus, Simpson College Department of Music; Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Des Moines Metro Opera
Sarah LarsenMezzo-soprano with Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera.
Anne Larson College Professor, mezzo-soprano soloist in opera and oratorio
Ross Leeper Past Iowa Bandmasters President; Past band director at Simpson College, Knoxville Schools
Vanessa LeonardElementary Music Specialist. Saydel Community School District - Cornell Elementary School. Soprano, Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Jamie LoganChoral Conductor. Vocal Music Director at Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, IA. Formerly Southeast Polk Junior High and Nodaway Valley School District, Greenfield, IA.
Alejandro MansoChoral Conductor/Church Musician. Currently Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Independence, MO. Formerly Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, IL, and St. Matthew's and St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Detroit, MI.
Megan MashOrganist and Choirmaster. Music Minister, Sebastian United Methodist Church, Sebastian, Florida; Assistant Director of the Atlantic Ringer, a community handbell ensemble.
Jon MattisonRetired Music Teacher and Administrator. Member US Navy European Show Band, Adjunct Trumpet Instructor Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Director of Trumpet Guild and Student Brass Quintet, Founding Member Roscoe Brass Quintet, member South East Ohio Symphony, Tuscarawas Philharmonic. Member of Kent State Stark, Symphonic Band, Principal Trumpet with sounds of Sousa Professional Band. Coshocton Community Choir, Associate Director of Greater Canton Men's Chorus. Trumpet member of the Muskinghum College Faculty Brass Quintet and Symphonic Winds. 35 Years as a Music Educator and Secondary Administrator in Iowa and Ohio
Christopher McBethArtistic Director, Utah Opera
Timothy A. McMillinChair, Department of Music and Director of Choral Activites at Simpson College. Artistic Director and Conductor for Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, Des Moines, IA
Carole (Wells) MehlRetired Music Teacher, Kansas City, MO.
Gary MehlRetired Music Teacher, Kansas City, MO.
John Michael MooreBaritone. Recently: Papageno, The Magic Flute, Metropolitan Opera; Donald, Billy Budd, Glyndebourne Opera House; Abbe Lorenzo, Casanova’s Homecoming, The Minnesota Opera; Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Welsh National Opera; Fiorello, The Barber of Seville, Metropolitan Opera (debut); Masetto, Don Giovanni, The Minnesota Opera; Schaunard, La Bohème, Minnesota Orchestra. At DMMO: Dr. Malatesta, Don Pasquale; Figaro, The Barber of Seville; Papageno, The Magic Flute 2006; Henry Cuffe, Gloriana 2005; Prince Yamadori, Madama Butterfly 2002; James M. Collier Apprentice Artist Program 2002, 2004 & 2005 Upcoming: Count Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro, Glyndebourne Opera; Donald, Billy Budd, Yamadori, Madama Butterfly, Metropolitan Opera; Recital, Philadelphia Chamber Society; Recording, Peter Lieberson's The Coming of Light, Chicago Chamber Musicians.
Brittany MuellerElementary Music Specialist. Des Moines Public Schools - Hillis Elementary School.
Gayletha NicholsMetropolitan Opera National Council Director
Natalie NielsenCurrently the Director of Bands at North Cedar High School in Stanwood, IA
Jay Nugent Past Iowa Bandmasters President; Former band director at Saydel Schools, Webster City Schools, Simpson College
Tom NugentRetired superintendent of schools from Villisca and Northwood-Kensett Schools.  Former band director at Villisca, Clarke (Osceola) and Ogden.  Served on the Executive Board of the Iowa High School Music Association for ten years, serving as President of the Board for three years.
Matthew OltmanArtistic Director Emeritus, Chanticleer; Santa Fe Desert Chorale;  Visiting Conductor, University of California, Berkeley; Currently: DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York).
Beverly O’Regan Thiele
Soprano with Washington National Opera; Metropolitan Opera; Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe (Germany); New York City Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Glimmerglass Opera; Fort Worth Opera; DMMO; Concerts with Chicago Symphony, etc.
John OsbornPrincipal Tenor, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, La Monnaie (Brussels), L’Opéra de Paris, New York City Opera, La Scala Milan, et al.
Michael PattersonPianist, Music Educator and Composer. Professor of Music at Simpson College, Indianola, IA. Numerous published songs and choral compositions. Two one-act operas recently commissioned and premiered by Opera Iowa.
Kathryn (Pickrel) PegelowSinger; Norman Luboff Chorale, Mitzelfeld Chorale, Los Angeles Bach festival, Cathedral Choir of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Board of Directors, Los Angeles Bach Festival.
Joseph C. Perniciaro Tenor; Assistant Professor of Voice & Director of Opera, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS; Oratorio Society of New Jersey; New Orleans Opera; Pensacola Opera; Opera Southwest; Chautauqua Opera; Shreveport Opera; Des Moines Metro Opera.
Amanda (Oakes) PitzenMaster Teacher; K-12 Vocal Music Teacher, Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School.
Martin L. PoockProfessional chorister and soloist in Chicago and formerly Houston: Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, staff singer and cantor - Holy Name Cathedral, Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Opera to Go - HGO education outreach, Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston & appearance at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England.
Aaron PowellGuitarist and Choral Conductor. Currently Choral Conductor and Instructor of Guitar at Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA; Instructor of Guitar at Grand View University, Des Moines, IA; Director of Music at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, Des Moines, IA. Formerly Instructor of Guitar at Simpson College.
Shannon PrickettSoprano; Regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2012, 2013. Young Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera 2011,2010,2009. Upcoming: Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera 2013-2014.
Jessie (Cotton) ReimerMusic Teacher. Pre K-8, St. Peter's Catholic School, Kansas City, MO.
Abigail RethwischSoprano; Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist - 2012. Des Moines Metro
Opera Apprentice - 2012, 2013.
Travis Archie RichterCharacter Tenor; New Orleans Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Nevada Opera, Mobile Opera, Atlantic Coast Festival Opera, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Rimrock Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Opera Louisiane. Oratorio and Soloist: Messiah with the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Fort Dodge Choral Society, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the L.S.U. Symphony Orchestra. Voice and music instructor at Tulane University, Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University.
Kimberly RobertsSoprano; Associate Professor of Voice and Area Coordinator for Voice at Simpson College, Indianola, IA.
Sara RouthFreelance singer/songwriter. Wrote/composed/directed a children's musical in Shanghai; Winner of "Best Folk Artist" in The Southern California Music Festival. Released a compilation album internationally.
Carl RowlesM.A. from Tennessee Tech in 2013. Currently a DMA student in Band Conducting and Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Iowa.
Louis SachsElementary Music Specialist. Des Moines Public Schools - Brubaker Elementary School. Baritone, Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Lydia SchettlerMusic specialist. Elementary Music, Kuemper Catholic Schools.
Anna SchmidtSoprano.  K-5 music teacher at St.Croix Catholic School and Assistant Director for Chorus Angelorum at Church of Saint Michael, Stillwater, MN. Project Opera Program Assistant, Minnesota Opera.
Marc SchreinerLyric Tenor.  Scott Levine, management. Houston Grand Opera; Lincoln Center Festival; Edinburgh Festival; Salzburg Festival; Austin Symphony; Nashville Opera; Minnesota Opera; Des Moines Metro Opera; Syracuse Opera; Toledo Opera; Lake George Opera; Valdosta Symphony Orchestra; Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Opera Memphis.
Jennifer (Briles) SenneElementary music teacher. Waukee Community Schools - Eason Elementary.  Founder and teacher of Little Acorns: Growing Organically Through Music and Movement.
Susanne ShestonChorus Master, Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Utah Symphony Chorus.
Gregory Simmons Director of Jazz Studies at Valley High School, West Des Moines. Recently led his jazz orchestra to the Class 4A 2013 Iowa State Jazz Championship.
Jesse StockBaritone; Voice Faculty at Carson-Newman College and Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Robyn SwansonAward-winning Professor of Music Education at Western Kentucky University; Coordinator of Music Education and Advisor to the Graduate Studies in Music Program. Active researcher with numerous publications and presentations at the International, National, State, Regional and Local Levels.  WKU winner of Distinguished Public Service Award in Education. Winner of Kentucky Music Educators Association Distinguished Leadership Service Award.
Ann SwensonElementary Music Teacher. Waukee Community School District - Brookview Elementary. Formerly Norwalk School District.
Ben ThompsonCurrently Associate Director of Bands at Pella High School. Formerly Director of Bands at Charles H. Milby High School (Houston, TX) and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community Schools.
Stevie TrevathanMezzo Soprano, Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. Talented Music, Pk-6 music and drama teacher, Gramercy Elementary Magnet School for the Performing Arts, St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Linda Vanderpool Former choral director at Valley High School, West Des Moines; Adjunct faculty in choral music at Drake Univesity; Former choral director Hoover High School
Richard WaltersCEO, Hal Leonard Publishing, Inc.
Mark WilsonBaritone. Performing Arts Academic Chair for Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ.
Shelby WilsonHigh School Vocal Music Director and K-3 General Music Teacher at West Fork Community School District in Sheffield, IA
Lynnea Bateman Young33-year veteran as K-12 Music Instructor and Director of Musicals at Southeast Warren Community Schools; Formerly: 5 years at Johnston Community Schools. Musical Director of Carousel Theater in Indianola, Summer of 2012


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