Simpson University Student to Perform Junior Piano Recital

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Calvin Hemphill, a music major at Simpson University, will give audiences an opportunity to hear a variety of songs as he showcases his knowledge of music during his junior piano recital on Saturday, March 7.

The recital, which will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Placer Dr. in Redding, will feature four periods of music including 20th Century, Baroque, Romantic, and Classical.

Hemphill, who began playing the piano in 1st grade, said he hopes that the audience will be moved by his music and that even untrained ears would recognize and appreciate the different styles of music.

"I hope that it wouldn't just be a performance, but that the audience would be emotionally moved," said Hemphill.

Though Hemphill has proven to be an exceptional pianist he also enjoys playing the guitar, keyboards, tuba, trombone, and percussion and has taken an interest in the computer programming and electric noise.

Hemphill transferred to Simpson University from Numonohi Christian Academy in Papua New Guinea where he was raised. His parents were missionaries for the New Tribes Mission. He first learned of Simpson University when a close family friend shared his positive experience with the university.

After he graduates with a B.A. in Music Ministry in April 2010, Hemphill said he is interested in planting house churches in inter-cities and may pursue a doctorate in Ethnomusicology.

Celebrating 20 years in Redding, Simpson University is a Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs also include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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