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Opportunities in Music

Ensembles, Workshops, Festivals and Camps

If you are a music major or just love music, there are many ways you can express your talent at Simpson.

Chamber Singers (MUS 214S, MWF 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Duncan Hall)
The Chamber Singers is a highly select ensemble of 12-16 students chosen from the membership of College Choir. The group performs music from varied historical periods and genres specializing in unaccompanied music from the Renaissance period and newly composed works for choir. Members of the ensemble possess excellent music reading skills and enjoy the greater independence of being one of just a few voices per part. While the Chamber Singers are talented and accomplished musicians, and many are music majors, this ensemble comprises students from a broad range of other majors at Simpson, including biology, political science, psychology, computer science, theatre, and education.

Simpson College Choir (MUS 214C, TTh 3:50-5:20 pm, F 3:20-4:20 pm, Duncan Hall)
The College Choir is the flagship curricular choral ensemble, and all students accepted by audition into the choral program at Simpson sing together in this group. Performing numerous concerts on campus each year, participating in the cherished annual service of Lessons and Carols, and touring biennially to various locations around the United States, College Choir is where participants make lifelong friendships and musical memories. While the ability to read music is a valuable asset, it is not a prerequisite for acceptance. All who love to sing, regardless of major or previous choral experience, should audition to join us.

The Madrigal Singers - A select group of 14-16 students, Madrigal Singers has a long and proud tradition of performing Renaissance music in all languages with a focus on secular literature. This group tours widely and has been heard on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City and Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. They also enjoy a focus on outreach, performing and workshopping with high school madrigal ensembles annually.

Opera At Simpson - Simpson College is proud to continue our long-standing tradition of producing two fully-staged operas each academic year, in which the principal, supporting and chorus roles are performed exclusively by undergraduates! It's an opportunity unique to Simpson College and known throughout the world. Whether you are majoring in Music Education, Music Performance or a Bachelor of Arts, all voice students are considered for the major roles in the operas. Click here to learn more.