Music Scholarships

The Simpson Music Department is proud to foster a robust scholarship program for students interested in continuing musical pursuits throughout college. Whether you intend to build your degree around music, or simply perform in an ensemble, we welcome you to share your musical gifts with us.

Music Scholarship Auditions

Students interested in auditioning for a music scholarship have three options: attend a Scholarship Event, make an individual weekday appointment, or, for those unable to travel to campus, submit a recorded audition. Our scholarship events each have a different focus, but all are intended to provide a view of what Music at Simpson has to offer, in addition to providing an opportunity for auditions. This is our most popular option for students wishing to audition.

Scholarship Event Days

Saturday, January 28, 2017: 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 12, 2017: 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 & Saturday, February 17-18, 2017: Simpson College Music Weekend. 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.

Audition Registration

Whether you choose to attend a Scholarship Event Day, make an individual, week-day appointment, or submit a recorded audition, you can register online.  Please Click Here to Register.

Music Scholarship Information

  • Students intending to matriculate in Fall of 2017 should audition for a music scholarship prior to February 20th, 2017.
  • Students may audition even if a financial aid package has already been received.
  • Auditions are open to high school seniors and transfer students.
  • Auditions must be completed before the student has started classes during 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 all or part of your airfare.

Additional Scholarship and Audition Details

For additional information, check out our Music Scholarship and Audition Frequently Asked Questions. For further questions, please contact Crystal Burns at 515-808-1432 or via e-mail (click here).