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Crystal Burns

Music Development Specialist and Auditions Coordinator


BA, Music, Gustavus Adolphus College


Crystal Burns coordinates Music Scholarship Auditions and Visit Events, and also creates marketing and social media content for the department. She works primarily with incoming students and their families, helping them get to know everything that Music at Simpson has to offer.

Crystal is originally from Eagle Grove, Iowa, but spent most of her career in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey. Prior to joining Simpson College, she worked as a financial analyst, and as a volunteer for many different organizations, including serving as a board member for Minnesota Sinfonia.

In addition to her role at Simpson, Crystal is a vocalist with the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, Treasurer for the Des Moines Metro Opera Guild, Des Moines chapter, and member of the Des Moines Cycle Club. She also performed as a member of the auxiliary chorus for Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Turandot. Crystal lives in the Des Moines area with her husband, two sons, and their German Shepherd, Mahler.