Students who are a part of Simpson University's music department are prepared for careers in music ministry, music education, and music performance. The music department also serves the greater community through performance opportunities and cultural enrichment.
The Music Department is characterized by highly skilled and caring educators, who are passionate about music and about our students’ holistic development.
To apply for a music scholarship, through audition with the Music Department, please complete the Entrance Scholarship Application. During the application process, each applicant should work closely with an admission counselor to apply, prepare for the audition, and set up a time to visit campus.
Music Department Mission
To develop musicians through comprehensive study of the musical enterprise and to prepare students for professions or graduate studies in music ministry, music education, composition or performance.
Simpson University's Music major is designed to provide professional preparation for a number of musically related professions: composition, performance (voice, piano, or another instrument), and worship ministry. You can also receive a Music Liberal Arts Emphasis degree. This major is designed for students who would like to pursue a music degree but are not seeking preparation for the music professions of performance or church music.
A professional degree designed for students with strong theoretical and compositional skills who wish to become professional composers or theorists and continue their education at the graduate level.
A professional degree designed for students with strong performance skills who wish to become professional musicians, college and university teachers, or private studio teachers.
A professional degree designed for students who wish to assume positions of leadership as musicians in the Church and to continue their ministry preparation at the graduate level.
A professional degree designed for students who would like to pursue a music degree with a broader liberal arts emphasis and more elective options.
Perfect for someone who loves music and wants to use it in their future, but does not want to focus on it as their major, Simpson offers a comprehensive and versatile Music minor. The minor is one of the largest minors at Simpson, with a total of 31 required credits. Along with the basic music foundation received in the required courses, you have the option of choosing from a variety of electives and musical focuses.
Here are some of the courses available as part of the Music minor:
- Jazz Improvisation
- Computer Music Technology
- Congregational Song
- Philosophy of Music in the Church
Director of Choral Activities
As director of choral activities, Dr. Hoffmann Urquiza Pereira conducts the Simpson Chorale and the Trinity Repertory Singers, in addition to teaching classes.
In recent years, he has participated in professional music workshops at Illinois State University, The Juilliard School, University of Florida, and with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the College Music Society.
- D.M.A., Louisiana State University
- M.M., Louisiana State University
- Licenciature en Musica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
- Bacharelado em Musica Sacra, Seminario Teologico Batista do Norte do Brasil, Brazil
- Music Theory
- Music Theory Lab
- Music in History and Context
- Choral Pedagogy and Methods
Associate Professor of Music
Conducting, university teaching, percussion performance, and scholarly projects give Dr. Dwayne Corbin diverse ways to engage the field of music. At Simpson University, Dr. Corbin is the assistant professor of instrumental music, responsible for the Sinfonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, in addition to teaching classes.
His composition “Cage for One” won first place in the 2009 Percussive Arts Society composition contest and was published by C.F. Peters Company. Dr. Corbin has conducted wind ensembles and chamber music groups at the University of Cincinnati and led the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. He also directed the Wind Ensemble and taught courses at Wheaton College, and has taught public school band and general music. He directs the choir at Redding First Church of the Nazarene.
Dr. Corbin is also a percussionist and drummer, equally comfortable in classical music and popular styles such as jazz and rock. He is principal percussionist with the North State Symphony and plays jazz drums in various Redding groups.
Originally from Seattle, Dr. Corbin, his wife, Caryn, and their son Andrew came to Simpson in the fall of 2006. Peter joined their family in 2007.
- D.M.A., University of Cincinnati
- M.M., Central Washington University
- B.M.E., Wheaton College
- Applied Percussion
- World Music
Associate Professor of Theory and Composition
Prior to coming to Simpson in 2001, Dr. Dan Pinkston taught music at Dallas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Born to missionary parents, he grew up in the Ivory Coast, returning to the U.S. to attend college and graduate school.
Dan has published many original works and won numerous composition awards, including annual ASCAPPlus awards for composition from 2000-2007. In 2010, his first commissioned symphony ("Symphony No. 1") was performed by the North State Symphony in Chico and Redding, Calif. A longtime fan of the band U2, Dan presented a paper exploring parallels between U2 and 20th century composer Igor Stravinsky at an international U2 conference in 2009.
Dan is also the composer of Simpson's official university hymn, “Lead Us, O Lord.”
Dan and his wife, Lori, have two daughters. Dan is also an avid runner who regularly competes in triathlons.
- D.M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- B.A., Ouachita Baptist University
- Music Theory
- Worship Leading
Part-time Instructor of Music
Lois Nichols has a passion for music literacy through education and performance. In addition to being a music instructor and giving piano lessons at Simpson University, she also has her own private studio of piano students and does extensive accompanying for solo and ensemble recitals (both instrumental and vocal).
Lois plays with the worship team at Neighborhood Church in Redding, serves as accompanist for the community choir Trinity Repertory Singers, and has played for rehearsals and performances of the Northstar Opera Repertory Theater in Redding. She and her husband, Tim, have three sons, who all graduated from Simpson.
- M.M., Kansas State University
- B.M., Wichita State University
- Children's Music
- Introduction to Music
- Handbell Choir
Adjunct Professor of Music
- Jazz Ensemble
Adjunct Professor of Music
- Artistic synthesis
- Performance skill
Major Specific Resources
- Credit Worksheets
- Music/Talent Scholarships
- Entrance Scholarship Application for Music Majors/Minors (PDF)
- Music Student Handbook (PDF)
- Music Information Booklet (PDF)
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- 03.21.2013 - Simpson music department presents Brahms’ ‘Requiem’
- 01.15.2013 - Simpson seeks singers for Brahms’ ‘Requiem’
- 10.22.2012 - Simpson Professor to Premiere Second Symphony
- 10.10.2012 - SSO to present “City of Redding’s 125th Anniversary Celebration” concert
- 08.31.2012 - Simpson iInvites community members to join chorus
- 06.04.2012 - Simpson music professor directs community percussion workshop
If you have any questions or you want to learn more about what our music department has to offer, please contact Sharon Lance at 530.226.4507 or email@example.com.
The Shasta Symphony Orchestra
The Shasta Symphony Orchestra is a collaboration between Shasta College and Simpson University and is conducted by Dr. Dwayne Corbin, assistant professor of instrumental music at Simpson. It consists of students from both institutions, as well as musicians from within the community. The mission of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra is to help students reach their artistic and educational goals by providing them with a challenging and successful performance experience, and to contribute to the overall enrichment of the arts programs within the Redding community.
Directed by Cleveland Bonéy, is open to all Simpson students by audition. The Jazz Consort performs on a regular basis throughout the year, and tours across the West Coast.
Directed by Dr. Dwayne Corbin is comprised of Simpson students of any major. The group performs a variety of quality repertoire, from traditional band music, to twenty-first century compositions, to the classic chamber wind music of Mozart and Beethoven.
Directed by Dr. Dwayne Corbin, is open to all students. PE performs classic percussion literature, world music, and mallet ensembles, as well as combines with other instrumentalists or vocalists to present percussion-oriented twentieth-century masterworks.
Directed by Lois Nichols, consists of up to 11 students ringing a three octave set of handbells. Open to Simpson students who have no prior handbell experience. Performance opportunities include a small ensemble concert, chapel, and local church functions.
Directed by Dr. Hoffmann Urquiza-Pereira, is an auditioned mixed ensemble specialized in advanced vocal and choral techniques and standard choral repertoire. Chorale is the touring vocal group of the university and travels in the U.S. and abroad. Past tours have visited England, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, and West Africa.
Trinity Repertory Singers
Directed by Dr. Hoffmann Urquiza-Pereira, is a community chorus sponsored and hosted by Simpson University. It is open to all community and university members. Repertoire includes a variety of chorale literature, but focuses primarily on the performance of large scale choral works. Trinity will perform in conjunction with the Sinfonia Orchestra and Chorale, and other concerts.
Auditions are required for admission into all ensembles. Auditions are held during Orientation Weekend or prior to the beginning of the semester. An alternate day may be scheduled with the ensemble director. Contact the individual ensemble director for audition requirements.