Prospective Music Students

A warm welcome from the Simpson College Department of Music!

Music at Simpson welcomes and encourages student involvement in all of our performing and ensemble opportunities.  Whether you are majoring in music or majoring in another academic discipline on campus and simply want stay involved in the field of music, we welcome you!

On this page, you will find the dates we are having Music Scholarship Auditions, the Scholarship Audition Guidelines & Requirements, information for Music Transfer Students, information on our Festivals & Camps, Career Options for musicians, pictures of our Music Facilities, and more.

Music Scholarship Information

  • Music scholarships are available for students who want to major in music OR participate in a music ensemble (non-music major.)
  • Awards are made to full-time students on the basis of musical ability and academic promise.  
  • Audition must be completed before the student has started classes their first semester at Simpson.
  • We encourage in-person auditions. If you live more than 300 miles away, please check out our Fly-In Program which can reimburse you for part of your plane ticket.

Scholarship Audition Dates

Saturday, November 8, 2014: Single Reed Symposium & Scholarship Auditions

Only those participating in the Single Reed Symposium activities may audition for a music scholarship on this day.

Friday, November 14, 2014: Voice Symposium & Scholarship Auditions

This event is open to high school musicians of all ages as well as transfer students.  Only high school seniors or transfer students participating in the Voice Symposium activities may audition for a music scholarship on this day.  

 Saturday, February 7, 2015: Scholarship Auditions

This event is open to high school seniors or transfer students.  Meet the music faculty, audition for a music scholarship, and take a tour of campus.

Sunday, February 15, 2015: Simpson Opera Event & Scholarship Auditions

This event is open to high school seniors or transfer students.  Only those participating in the Opera Weekend events may audition on this day.

Friday/Saturday, February 27-28, 2015: Music Weekend & Scholarship Auditions

This event is open to high school seniors or transfer students.

Weekday Scholarship Auditions

We encourage prospective students to attend one of the specified audition dates above to get the most out the audition and visit experience.  However, we understand that these dates will not work for everyone. In this case, we will assist you with scheduling an audition during the week.  Week-day auditions take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays over the noon hour.

MP3 / CD Auditions

While we encourage live auditions, we also accept MP3 or CD auditions in special circumstances.  MP3 auditions may be e-mailed to Sara Garcia at:  CD auditions may be sent to:

Simpson College
Amy Robertson Music Building
Sara Garcia
701 N C St.
Indianola, IA 50125

Additional Instructions:  Please introduce your name and your pieces on the recording.  The same Audition Guidelines and Requirements apply to MP3 and CD auditions as to in-person auditions.  Please include a copy of your music resume along with your MP3 or CD audition.


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Simpson College Madrigal Singers
Amy Robertson Music Center Choir Room
Opera Simpson Cinderella

Questions?  Please contact our Audition Coordinator: Sara Garcia

Music Festivals & Camps


Immerse yourself in the Simpson Music culture by attending our festivals and camps held throughout the year.


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Come see an upcoming performance at Simpson College. We’d love to have you on campus.

Careers in Music

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Browse the career options you will have when you achieve a music degree from Simpson College.

Music Transfer Students

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See how easy it is to transfer to Simpson!

Music Facilities

Many Simpson student operas, plays, concerts, and musicals take place in this beautiful theatre.  This is also where the Des Moines Metro Opera performs in the summer.

View the Amy Robertson Music Building and other facilities you will use when you become a Simpson music student!

Visit Simpson

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Click here to schedule a campus visit through the Admissions Office.

Recommend a Student

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Teachers: If you think your student would be a good fit for the Simpson College Music Program, please recommend him or her by filling out this short form.

Apply to Simpson College

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If you haven’t already, apply for admission at Simpson College. No music scholarships can be granted until you have been accepted at Simpson!