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!

We are currently updating this page to better serve the needs of our audience. Please bear with us as we work to get additional content reorganized and integrated into our site! 

Why choose Music at Simpson?

We can't name just one reason! Some students come to Simpson because they like having the feeling of a top-notch conservatory along with the benefits of being nestled in a liberal arts campus. Some students come to experience the one-on-one coaching and feedback that helps them become the best music educators they can be. Some come because of the exceptional performing opportunities and instruction that give them what they will need to be successful in the next steps of their performing careers - often graduate school. Others come to combine their love and study of music with other fields such as management, computer science, graphic design, or multimedia journalism. And all students who choose Music at Simpson benefit from excellent ensemble experiences, applied music instruction (lessons) with exceptionally qualified and expert faculty, and opera performances that are open to any student, regardless of major!

Great! When can I visit?

From camps and festivals to scholarship audition days, we have lots of music-specific visit events. Also, if you're looking to visit with other departments, take a campus tour, or meet with your admissions counselor, check out the Visit Simpson page.

Music Scholarship Auditions

Simpson is proud to offer scholarships both to music majors and non-majors. Please see our new Music Scholarship page and Music Scholarship FAQs for Audition Event Days, repertoire guidelines, registration information and more!

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Let us tell you more!

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: http://simpson.edu/music/music-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!
  • The Simpson College Collegiate Orchestra gives instrumentalists the chance to rehearse and play among professional musicians
  • Receive experience directing marching bands by studying with current marching band directors in the area.
  • Our successful and influential alumni: http://simpson.edu/music/music-alumni/

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Questions?  Please contact the Music Office at 515-961-1637.


Music Festivals & Camps

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

Calendar

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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!