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 Auditions

The music scholarship audition deadline for students matriculating at Simpson during Fall of 2016 is March 3, 2016.

Please see below for audition dates for the 2015-16 year:

Friday, November 6, 2015: Simpson College Voice Symposium.  Designed for serious junior and senior high-school singers, his day-long event includes seminars, workshops, masterclasses, and career development opportunities designed to foster growth in singing, performing, and answer questions about the life of a musician beyond high school.  Seniors will also have the opportunity to audition for a music scholarship.


Saturday, November 7, 2015: Simpson College Single Reed Symposium.  This day will include many activities for high-school, college, recreational and professional level saxophonists and clarinetists. Master Classes, ensemble choirs, recitals, exhibits, and many guest and featured artists will make this a day to remember!  Seniors or transfer students will also have the opportunity to audition for a music scholarship.


Saturday, January 30, 2016: Simpson College Music Scholarship Day.  This event is open to high school seniors or transfer students.  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.


Friday & Saturday, February 12-13, 2016: Simpson College Music Weekend. Open to high-school seniors and transfer students.  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 in concert, and have a meal at one of our dining locations.  Then on Saturday, audition for a music scholarship and tour the campus.


Sunday, February 28, 2016: Simpson College Opera Event & Scholarship Auditions.  Open to high school seniors or transfer students.  (Singers and Instrumentalists welcome!)  This day-long event involves scholarship auditions in the morning, a Simpson Opera Brunch to learn more about our music program and meet the opera faculty, and  lastly, attend the final performance of the spring opera presented by Simpson College Opera.

Individual, week-day scholarship auditions are available for students who cannot attend one of our specified audition days.  Please Click Here to Register.


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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Music Scholarship Information

  • Students intending to matriculate in Fall of 2016 should audition for a music scholarship prior to March 1, 2016.
  • High school students should audition their senior year.
  • Scholarships are available to transfer students, as well. 
  • Audition must be completed before the student has started classes their first semester at Simpson.
  • 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.  
  • 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.

Why Choose Music at Simpson?

Vocal Students

  • Student/Faculty ratio is 14:1 campus-wide.
  • We are exclusively an undergraduate program, so our students get a massive amount of tailor-made performing opportunities compared to their peers elsewhere.
  • Our close partnership with the Des Moines Metro Opera.  Many students participate in the DMMO summer programs as well as operas throughout the year.
  • Simpson College Opera produces 2 fully-staged operas a year, at least one with professional orchestra, exclusively for undergraduate singers. This aspect of Music at Simpson is unique and unmatched in North America. You cannot get that kind of experience at any other school.
  • Whether our voice students are majoring in Music Education, Music Performance, or a Bachelor of Arts, all of our voice students are considered for the major roles in the operas.
  • May Term Opera Workshop (a biannual intensive immersion program.)
  • Presentation of 2 Workshops in Music Education each year, led by professional music educators from across the nation.  You won’t find workshops such as these elsewhere!
  • Our proven voice faculty, all of whom are professional singers and performers.
  • Working with visiting directors and designers active in the profession.
  • Dedicated individual vocal coaching unavailable for undergraduates elsewhere (musical preparation, recital preparation, role preparation, advanced lyric diction, etc.)
  • Our successful and influential alumni:

Instrumental Students

  • Students take private lessons from faculty who are professionals on their specific instrument.
  • We are exclusively an undergraduate program, so our students get a massive amount of tailor-made performing opportunities compared to their peers elsewhere.
  • Student/Faculty ratio is 14:1 campus-wide.
  • Simpson hosts the biggest jazz camp in Iowa and our students often work at the camp to bolster their resume.
  • Simpson is home to one of the most popular jazz festivals in the state. Our jazz festival fills up more than 6 months in advance with 35+ bands participating.
  • Presentation of 2 Workshops in Music Education each year, led by professional music educators from across the nation.  You won’t find workshops such as these elsewhere!
  • Single Reed Symposium – Simpson’s newest instrumental event that attracts professional and high school attendees from multiple states. 
  • Receive experience directing marching bands by studying with current marching band directors in the area.
  • Our successful and influential alumni:

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Questions?  Please contact our Audition Coordinator/Music Recruiter: Sara Garcia, '08

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!