Music Festivals and Camps

Experience the Simpson Music Culture!

The Simpson College Department of Music offers several festivals during the school year and two summer music camps for school-age students.  Each festival and camp offers a different experience to the young musician. Find more information on our festivals, camps, and Scholarship Days below!

SUMMER CAMPS 2018

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Simpson College Jazz Combo Camp takes place June 10-15, 2018.  Please visit the Jazz Combo Camp website to read more about the camp and to sign up. For more information, email us or call 515-961-1637.

Orpheus Singing Actor Camp takes place July 15-21, 2018. We’re changing things up to offer vocalists and pianists a one-of-a-kind experience! Vocalists will come to camp with pre-assigned roles in opera, operetta, or musical theater scenes, and be immersed in personal coaching, dynamic class content, private lessons and more, including an optional one day add-on to perform with a professional choir and orchestra. Two extraordinary pianists interested in collaborative performance will be offered full scholarships to attend camp, and will also have tailored content, private lessons, and solo and collaborative performance experience.

FESTIVALS 2017-2018

13th Annual Simpson Fall Honor Choir  – Thursday, October 12, 2017:  The Simpson College Honor Choir is designed as a non-competitive environment where exceptional students from high school programs have the opportunity to spend a day rehearsing and performing high quality choral music. A day such as this serves as an opportunity for students to energize, discover, and reaffirm their interest and passion in singing.  Concert is at 6:30 p.m. in Smith Chapel.

Simpson College Middle School Honor Band – Tuesday, January 16, 2018:  Contact Dr. Mike Eckerty, 515-961-1326 for more information.

Simpson College High School Honor Band – Thursday, January 18, 2018:  Contact Dr. Mike Eckerty, 515-961-1326 for more information.JazzFest Web Graphic

Simpson College Jazz Festival – January 25 & January 26, 2018:  Email us or call 515-961-1637 for more information.

Simpson College High School Choral Invitational – April 23, 2018

SCHOLARSHIP EVENTS 2017-2018

Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Audition appointments followed by a concert by our flagship vocal ensemble, the Chamber Singers

Saturday, January 27, 2018: Simpson College Music Scholarship Day Meet the music faculty, audition for a music scholarship, attend an informational Admissions Q&A Session, take a tour of campus, and enjoy lunch with the music faculty.

Sunday, February 11, 2018: Simpson College Opera Event & Scholarship Auditions  (Singers, Pianists, and Instrumentalists welcome!) This day-long event involves scholarship auditions in the morning, a Brunch to learn more about our music program and meet many of our music faculty, a preview of the Simpson College opera by our opera and voice faculty, and  finally, an opportunity to attend the final performance of the spring opera presented by Simpson College Opera.

Friday, February 16, 2018: Simpson College Music Showcase During this two-day event, you will experience the eventful life of a Simpson Music Student!  Beginning Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., attend music classes and rehearsals, meet our music faculty and current music students, hear students and faculty perform, and have a meal at one of our dining locations.  Then on Saturday, audition for a music scholarship and tour the campus.

Visit our Prospective Student Page for comprehensive information on scholarships, auditions, and frequently asked questions, or Register Online for an Audition or Audition Event.