Prospective Music Students

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.

Scholarship Audition Information & Requirements

  • 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 Auditions for Fall 2014 Admittance

Music at Simpson is still scheduling individual, week-day auditions for fall 2014 admittance.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a music scholarship audition for fall 2014 admittance, please call our Music Office at 515-961-1637.


Scholarship Audition Dates for Spring/Fall 2015 Admittance

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

On Saturday, November 8th, 2014, the Simpson College Department of Music will host its second annual 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 (Randy Jones of Tenor Madness) and many guest and featured artists including clarinetist Dr. Dan Friberg and the New Third Stream Quartet will make this a day to remember!  Only those participating in the Single Reed Symposium may audition for a music scholarship on this day.

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

Attend this eventful day of seminars and workshops designed especially for singers!  Workshops range anywhere from stage makeup, stage combat, stage movement, choral ensemble skills, careers in music, and are taught by the excellent Simpson Music Faculty as well as other specialists from the Des Moines area.  Only those participating in the Vocal Clinic may audition for a music scholarship on this day.


Saturday, February 7, 2015: Scholarship Auditions:

Come audition for a music scholarship, meet the music faculty, and tour the campus.

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

Music at Simpson is very well known across the country for our excellent opera program.  If you're interested in opera and learning more about Simpson's opera program, this event is a great way to experience it first-hand!  This day 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 Calisto presented by Opera Simpson. Only those participating in the Opera Weekend events may audition on this day.

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

This intensive two-day event will give you a snapshot of what it's like to be a student in the Simpson Music Department. On Friday,  attend classes, participate in rehearsals, and hear several of our instrumental ensembles, vocal ensembles, and music faculty perform.  On Saturday, audition for a music scholarship and tour the campus.

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 commonly take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays over the noon hour.

MP3 / CD Audition

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
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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!