What better way to experience the Simpson Music Culture than to attend a workshop, camp or festival on campus? The Simpson College Department of Music offers several festivals during the school year. Each festival and camp offers a different experience to the young musician.
Workshops in Music Education
This unique experience for Simpson College music students is led by successful music educators from across the country. Once a semester, you will get to learn side by side with teachers and graduate students from the community about different methods, philosophies and ideas of teaching in the field of music. This helps equip our students with many different ideas and skills to become fantastic and versatile music educators. For the 2023/2024 workshops, click here.
Simpson College Honor Choir
The Simpson College Honor Choir is designed as a non-competitive environment where exceptional students from high school choral programs have the opportunity to spend a day rehearsing and performing high quality choral music. The festival augments and reinforces the exciting work that is already being done in their home choral programs. A day such as this serves as an opportunity for students to energize, discover and reaffirm their interest and passion in singing. Find out more here.
High School/Middle School Honor Band
These two separate festivals allow students from many schools to come together and work with exciting guest conductors. Typically over fifty schools participate. Both events typically occur in January and students perform in Pote Theatre in the Blank Performing Arts Center. For more information or questions, contact Mike Eckerty, Director of Instrumental Music. For more information, look here for High School registration and here for Middle School.
High School Choral Invitational
This invitation only event offers a full day of musical enrichment will help you attain the highest level of artistry and focus with your choir. The Invitational provides a supportive forum for four to six invited high school choirs to share choral music with one another and receive feedback from three expert choral clinicians. Throughout the day, the clinicians will provide advice for improving the performance of the prepared pieces as well as overarching choral concepts. Singers also observe the other choirs in a workshop environment in order to observe and reflect on these changes as they occur. If you’d like more information, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Jon Arnold, Director of Choral Activities.