Voice Symposium

Register for the November 14, 2014 Voice Symposium

Simpson's second annual Voice Symposium is Friday, November 14, 2014.   Engaging and interactive, this symposium designed especially for serious high school singers who plan to continue singing during their college years.  The Voice Symposium is a day-long event that 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.  There is no cost or registration fee for this event.  

**High school seniors or transfer students may audition for music scholarship during this event.**

Click Here to view pictures from the 2013 Voice Symposium


The 2014 workshops will include the following:

  • Vocal Health and Hygiene
  • Ensemble Work for Serious Singers
  • Careers in Music



Vocal Health and Hygiene

This session, led by Dr. Virginia Croskery with guest Joy Hesse, will concentrate on  healthy vocal hygiene. We will discuss how to keep your voice in top performing health.  Diet, exercise, rehearsal techniques, hydration, allergies and pharmaceuticals can all have an effect on vocal health.  We will investigate topics such as these as well as questions from participants.

Virginia Croskery holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and is an alumna of the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago Opera Center.

Joy Hesse, M.A. CCC-SLP   is a speech language pathologist with The Iowa ENT Center, PLLC.  She has worked with singers and professional voice users for more than 20 years.  Her specialties include evaluation and treatment of voice disorders, swallowing and head and neck cancer.  She has lectured locally and nationally on the care and treatment of the professional voice user.

  • Stage Combat
  • Stage Movement
  • Audition Masterclass
  • Audition for a Music Scholarship (for seniors and transfer students)

Stage Movement

In this workshop, Dr. Kim Roberts will discuss and demonstrate the basic fundamentals of stage movement.


Stage Combat

This workshop, led by Mr. Bruce Brown, covers the basic falls, hits, naps, and fencing positions that are used onstage.

Mr. Brown has performed in the United States with Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera, Sacramento Opera, Eugene Opera, Mississippi Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Glimmerglass Opera, and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, among others.

He was a member of the Houston Opera Studio and spent several years early in his career touring with Texas Opera Theater, Opera Iowa, and Opera Northeast.  Opera roles performed in the United States have included Danilo, Dandini, Papageno, Schaunard, Marcello, Don Giovanni, Dottore Malatesta, Escamillo, Belcore, Silvio, Maximilian, Achilla,  Sharpless, Valentin, and many others.


Ensemble Work for Serious Singers

Dr. Timothy A. McMillin is chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Simpson College.  He is widely recognized for his approach to innovative and thoughtful rehearsal strategies.  This interactive session will focus on strategies for using a healthy vocal technique (even if you possess a voice with significant solo qualities) in an ensemble setting for the mutual gratification of the singer, the voice teacher, the conductor and the audience.  The session will also include a small lab performance and demonstration by the Simpson College Chamber Singers.

tim mcmillin

Audition Masterclass

Led by Dr. Croskery, Mr. McDonald, Dr., Mr. Lau, Mr. B. Brown, Dr. Roberts, and Dr. McMillin

Perform a solo art song or aria for a pair of today's presenters in a small masterclass setting to receive feedback.  Accompanists will be provided.