Simpson University, Shasta Symphony Invite Community to Annual Christmas Concert

REDDING, Calif.—The Simpson University Music Department and Shasta Symphony Orchestra invite the community to their 17th annual community Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The 3 p.m. concert at the Grant Center at Simpson University will feature holiday favorites such as the “Nutcracker Suite” and “Sleigh Ride,” familiar Christmas carols, and the magnificent “Gloria” by Vivaldi.

The concert features performances by the Simpson University Chorale, Shasta Symphony Orchestra (a collaboration of Shasta College and Simpson University), Trinity Repertory Singers, and Blended, an a cappella group that performed at the Redding State of the City luncheon.

Tickets can be purchased online through simpsonu.edu/christmasconcert or at the concert venue. Doors open at 2:20; early arrival is recommended. Refreshments will be served.

Photos from the 2018 Simpson University Christmas Concert

Listen to an in-depth Intermountain Classics radio interview about concert selections and the collaboration between Simpson University and Shasta College, featuring Dr. Jeff Specht, conductor of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Steve Kim, director of choral activities at Simpson University.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Music Professor to Premiere Concerto in Portland

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University music professor Dan Pinkston will have an original composition premiered by the Tilikum Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Ore., on March 8.

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Dr. Dan Pinkston

He also will travel to Dakar Academy in Senegal, West Africa, in April, to speak during their spiritual emphasis week, give guitar lessons and coach their musical groups and worship teams.

The March orchestral piece—a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra—was commissioned by clarinetist Bruce Belton, a longtime supporter and performer of classical music in Northern California. Dr. Pinkston composed the piece during a weeklong residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden in October 2018.

Dr. Pinkston also is recognized as a 2019 semi-finalist for his excellence in composing orchestra music by The American Prize in Composition.

Dr. Pinkston, who grew up in West Africa and has taught at Simpson since 2001, chairs the Music Department. He has won numerous awards for his compositions, which include two symphonies premiered in the North State. He and his family live on campus as part of Simpson’s Faculty-in-Residence program.

Simpson University’s Music Department offers a bachelor’s degree in music with emphases in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, liberal arts, and commercial music. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/music.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson has launched new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

Simpson University Music, Biology Student Wins Vocalist Award

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University junior Hannah Schumacher will perform in a spring Shasta Symphony Orchestra concert after her selection as a winner in the orchestra’s Emerging Artist Solo & Aria Competition.

She will sing “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” from “La Bohème” at a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 concert in the Shasta College Theatre. Schumacher sang the selection for the Oct. 29 competition, which was open to young vocal and instrumental artists from throughout the North State.

“Performing in the Emerging Artist competition was a way for me to practice my skills and challenge myself, particularly in the realm of performance anxiety,” said Schumacher, who is from Elk Grove, Calif. “Being able to watch and compete with some of the highly talented local musicians was a wonderful and inspiring experience.”

Schumacher first attended Simpson University eight years ago. “I left after two years because I didn’t know what I was trying to accomplish,” she said. “After a few years of working, I finally found a reason to finish my education.”

She returned to the university, where she is double-majoring in biology and music with a concentration in applied voice. She hopes to teach high school biology after she graduates.

Schumacher’s voice teacher is Dr. Kristina Driskill, Simpson’s vocal faculty member.

“Simpson’s music program is unique because everyone associated with it is deeply passionate and committed to music and the success and enrichment of their students,” Schumacher said.

Dr. Steve Kim, director of choral activities at Simpson University, said audience members are in for a treat when Schumacher performs.

“Hannah has a full and rich tone and a wide range of tools to be expressive in her singing,” he said. “Her interpretation of the aria quickly captured the audience at the competition. She will be a bright star in the opera world.”


Schumacher will perform at the spring concert with fellow competition winners Emma White (voice) and Sophia Hackler (piano).

Learn more about Simpson University’s music program, which offers degrees in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, music liberal arts, and commercial music, at simpsonu.edu/music. Follow the Music Department on Facebook at SimpsonUniversityMusic.

Photo courtesy Hannah Schumacher

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson has launched new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

 

Simpson University Offers New Commercial Music Emphasis

REDDING, Calif.—Taking advantage of its proximity to an international worship music conglomerate and a state-of-the-art recording studio, Simpson University is offering a new music major with a commercial music emphasis.

The emphasis is ideal for students who are interested in music industry careers, including recording engineer/producer, tour manager, artist/performer, and songwriter, said Dr. Dan Pinkston, chair of the Music Department and an award-winning composer.

“Because of our location in Redding, California, close to Bethel Music and Soundhouse studio, our professors are going to be drawn from people who are actually working in the music industry,” he said. “This is a very hands-on program.”

 
Courses include Music Business, Contemporary Songwriting, Introduction to the Recording Studio, and much more. Graduating seniors will record an EP of original music, paired with an album release concert.

Simpson’s Music Department also offers programs in composition, performance, worship ministries, and music education. Its faculty are highly trained musicians, conductors and composers who love what they do and love working with students. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/music. Follow the Music Department at facebook.com/simpsonuniversitymusic.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University, Shasta College Present Spring Concert Weekend

REDDING, Calif. – Redding’s two major educational institutions, Shasta College and Simpson University, will present a spring weekend, April 12-14, featuring great music of the world. Three concerts, two on the Shasta campus and one at the Simpson site, will highlight composers and favorite compositions from four continents and eight nations.

“Folk music is so ingrained in us as a community. This concert will showcase some of the best symphonic works based on melodies from the folk tradition,” said Jeff Specht, D.M.A., Music Director of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra.

“Spend part of this concert weekend on our campuses and you will rediscover the love language of our world – great music,” said Simpson’s Director of Choral Activities Kieun Steve Kim, D.M.A.

Simpson University’s spring concert – “If Music Be the Food of Love” – draws its title from the pen of Shakespeare and the scores of Henry Purcell, the most important English composer of his time. The program takes place Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the university’s James M. Grant Center. In addition to pieces by English composers Purcell and Britten, Simpson’s student chorale and community choir will present music from Germany, Ireland, Korea, the Philippines and South Africa. This taste of global music will include the whimsical Korean “Baby Shark,” downloaded 2.4 billion times on YouTube.

Shasta College spring concert 19Shasta College’s Spring Concert – “Symphonic Folks” – showcases Russian composer Alexander Borodin; Ralph Vaughan Williams of England; and the world-renowned Czech composer Antonin Dvorák. The Shasta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Specht and the Shasta College Community Chorale, led by Elizabeth Waterbury, D.M.A., will present the concert twice – Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the Shasta College Theatre. Selections will include Polovtsian Dances, Serenade to Music, and the New World Symphony.

Musicians from both campuses will perform at each concert.

Shasta College tickets can be purchased at the door or at shastacollege.edu/tickets. Simpson tickets are available through eventbrite.com or at the door.

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About Shasta College: Shasta College is part of the California Community College system, which is the largest system of higher education in the world, with 115 colleges organized into 73 districts. Shasta College offers a wide range of programs and services, including counseling, tutoring, financial aid, performing arts and athletic events, student activities, veterans’ services, cultural events, lecture series, workshops, and art exhibits. 

 About Simpson University: Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

The Shasta Symphony Orchestra: is a joint venture between Shasta College and Simpson University.  The SSO has three main objectives: to serve the educational needs of the students of Shasta College and Simpson University; to provide a place where students and skilled community musicians can continue to develop their talents; and to present quality, artistically enriching concerts to the general public.

Simpson University Christmas Concert to Feature ‘Messiah,’ International Vocal Artist

REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University’s 16th annual Christmas concert on Dec. 2 will feature one of the most widely sung choral works in Western music, Handel’s “Messiah.” Selections from the masterpiece will be presented during the 3 p.m. concert by the Simpson Chorale, the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, and the university’s community choir, as well as guest vocalists.

International classical and pop voice artist Kittinant Chinsamran of Thailand will be a featured soloist. The San Francisco Chronicle and SF Classical Voice described Chinsamran’s appearances with the San Francisco Symphony as the “emotional highlight of the performance,” and “the most consistently excellent performance of the soloists.”

The concert will also include Redding-based recording artist and vocal instructor Carrie Grosch and operatic performers Raphaella Medina and Dash Waterbury.

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The Christmas section of “Messiah” is a worldwide holiday favorite because of classic choruses such as “And the Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed” and “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” The concert will include the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” In addition, the soloists and choirs will present seasonal standards such as “O Holy Night.”

“Northern California deserves a heart-warming holiday season after the heartbreak of this fire season,” said Dr. Kieun Steve Kim, Simpson University’s director of choral activities. “Simpson invites your family to begin December with a concert of uplifting Christmas music.”

The concert, which typically sells out, takes place in the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding. Admission is $12, general; $10 seniors; and $5, students with school ID. Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite or at the door one hour prior to the concert.

About Kittinant Chinsamran:

Kittinant Chinsamran comes to Simpson University in late November as the Music Department’s second Artist-in-Residence for 2018-19. In addition to performing in the Christmas Concert, he will conduct a master class and offer voice lessons. Chinsamran gained national recognition in 2013 when he went to the final round of “The Voice Thailand.” He voiced actor Bill Murray’s character Baloo in the Thai version of “The Jungle Book” and was chosen to voice “The Beast” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thai edition.

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Learn more about Simpson University’s Music Department at simpsonu.edu/music.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu. 

 

 

Simpson University Launches 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence Series with World-Renowned Musicians

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Music Department will bring to Redding two world-renowned musicians for its 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence Series. Many of the guest appearances are free and open to the public.

Headshot (1)The first featured artist is Jamon Maple, a voice faculty member at New York University. Maple performs internationally in opera, musical theatre and K-pop recordings and is a highly regarded tenor and music director.

Maple will be featured in the university’s fall choral concert, “A New Beginning,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Grant Center. This evening of classical and pop music features the Simpson Chorale and Trinity Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Steve Kim.  Admission to the concert is $12 general; $10 seniors; and $5 for students (with school ID). Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite or at the door the evening of the concert.

Jamon Maple (2)Maple will also offer a free masterclass open to the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the James M. Grant Student Life Center, classroom 1, at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive.

In addition, the public is invited to the following events in the Grant Center classroom:

• Nov. 7-9: Maple will offer private 45-minute voice lessons for $50. Sign up at this link.

• Nov. 8: FREE open rehearsal with Maple and the Simpson Chorale, 4:20 to 5:50 p.m.

• Nov. 9: FREE open seminar on K-Pop music with Maple and Dr. Kim, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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The second guest artist this fall is Kittinant Chinsamran, a vocal performer from Thailand, well-known throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.

In 2013, Chinsamran gained national recognition when he went to the final round of “The Voice Thailand.” He has appeared in musical theater and on TV, and his voice has been heard on many Thai TV commercials, TV series and movie soundtracks. He was selected to revoice actor Bill Murray as “Baloo” for the Thai version of Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book” in 2016 and was chosen to voice “The Beast” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thai edition.

Kittinant1Chinsamran will offer a master voice class in late November and will sing “Messiah” with the Simpson Chorale, Trinity Repertory Singers and the Shasta Symphony Orchestra during the university’s annual community Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 2. Admission to the Christmas concert is $12, general; $10, seniors; and $5, students with ID. Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite or at the door one hour prior to the concert.

Simpson University’s Artist-in-Residence Series brings to the North State international talent seldom experienced in smaller towns.

Simpson’s Music Department offers concerts and performances throughout the year in a variety of musical and instrumental styles. Learn more at facebook.com/SimpsonUniversityMusic, via email at music@simpsonu.edu, or by calling Simpson’s Music Department at 530.226.4507.

To learn about Simpson’s bachelor’s degree program in music, visit simpsonu.edu/music.

Photos courtesy Jamon Maple and Kittinant Chinsamran

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu. 

 

Simpson University Professor Invited to Music Center in Sweden

REDDING, Calif.—A Simpson University music professor has been selected for a residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden.

PinkstonDr. Dan Pinkston was chosen for the competitive composer-in-residence program and will stay at the center for a week in early October. During that time he will work on a commissioned concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.

The center is a working place for professional composers from around the world. Established in 1999, the center has housed 850 composers-in-residence who have composed 1,200 pieces while there.

“Visby is located on the idyllic island of Gotland, south of Stockholm in the Baltic Sea,” Dr. Pinkston said. “I am excited to be in such a setting and will draw inspiration from both the natural beauty of Visby as well as the creative environment of the music center.”

Those selected for a residency receive a free space to live and working studio for dedicated composition.

Dr. Pinkston, who has taught at Simpson since 2001 and chairs the Music Department, also served as a composer-in-residence at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in the spring. He has won numerous awards for his compositions, which include two symphonies premiered in the North State.

Simpson University’s Music Department offers a bachelor’s degree in music with emphases in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, and liberal arts. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/music.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.