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.
Music Department Chair
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. 2012 saw the premier of Pinkston's "Symphony No. 2," a commission by the Shasta Symphony Orchestra.
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
Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Corbin is the conductor of The Shasta Symphony Orchestra, a cooperative ensemble between Simpson University and Shasta Community College. He is also Associate Professor of Instrumental Music at Simpson University, responsible for the Percussion Ensemble, Applied Percussion, conducting courses, and world music. In the past, Dr. Corbin conducted ensembles at Wheaton College and the University of Cincinnati, in addition to directing the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Dr. Corbin regularly adjudicates regional festivals, gives clinics to regional schools, guest conducted the Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band in 2010, and in 2007 led the University of Cincinnati Chamber Players as part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensemble conference in Killarney, Ireland.
He is principal percussion in the North State Symphony, and regularly presents jazz and classical recitals. Dr. Corbin’s composition Cage for One won first place in the 2009 Percussive Arts Society composition contest and is published by C. F. Peters. He performed a suite of 1920s xylophone rags with the Juneau Symphony in June 2011, after studying with percussion master Bob Becker. With his wife, Caryn, he founded and leads the Shasta Percussion Workshop, a summer percussion festival for high school and college students.
Dr. Corbin earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Masters of Music in percussion performance from Central Washington University, and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Wheaton College.
- D.M.A., University of Cincinnati
- M.M., Central Washington University
- B.M.E., Wheaton College
- Applied Percussion
- World Music
Director of Choral Studies
Dr. Cyril A. Myers Jr., the Director of Choral Studies, directs both the select Simpson Chorale and the Trinity Repertory Singers, a community chorus. Meyers also teaches classes within the Music Department. Holding degrees from Andrews University, Western Michigan University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, the multi-talented singer, conductor, and educator has participated in music performances nationally and internationally for the past 25 years.
Over the course of his career Dr. Myers has taught elementary through collegiate choral and instrumental ensembles, classroom music, community choirs and professional choirs. Before joining the Simpson Faculty, Dr. Myers taught as Voice Faculty at Southwestern Michigan College where he coached the choirs and taught vocal dictation and music appreciation. Other academic appointments have included Walla Walla University and Indiana University Purdue University in Ft. Wayne, IN. As a master teacher his students have won awards associated with NATS, Metropolitan Opera, and Seattle Opera. He has been invited to music adjudicating, clinics, coaching, master-classes, and presentations world-wide.
As a singer Dr. Myers is an alumnus of Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Male Ensemble Northwest, Gaechinger Kantorei in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Dogwood Chorale. A versatile low bass baritone, his solo singing style includes opera, oratorio, art songs, spirituals, and jazz.
- D.M.A., Michigan State University (DMA in Choral Conducting)
- M. M., Western Michigan University (M. Mus in Choral Conducting)
- B.M.A., Andrews University (B. Mus. Vocal Performance)
- Music History
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
Soprano Allison Armerding made her opera stage debut in 2007 as Fiordiligi in Portland State University’s production of Così fan tutte, directed by Tito Capobianco. The following year she appeared as Mimì in Capobianco’s PSU production of La bohème. She moved to New York City in 2008 to complete her graduate work at Mannes College. At Mannes she performed in various scenes concerts, was a featured soloist in the 2009-2010 Schumann Salon series, and taught voice in a New York high school as a Resident Artist-Intern in the Metropolitan Opera Guild-Mannes College outreach program.
In August 2011, she recorded the role of Marian in a new opera, Valentine, with Heretic Opera in Portland, OR. For the last two summers, Allison has served as program manager and coach of the Opera Children’s Chorus at Crested Butte Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado. She joined the music faculty at Simpson University as an adjunct voice instructor in September 2012.
- MM in Vocal Performance, Mannes College the New School for Music (2010)
- BM in Vocal Performance, Portland State University (2008)
- BA in English Literature, Gordon College (2002)
- Music Theory Lab
- Studio Class: Voice
- Private Vocal Instruction
Adjunct Professor of Music
- Jazz Ensemble
Kendra Weick, M.M.
Adjunct Professor of Music
Kendra Wieck has a passion to see lives enriched and enhanced through music and music studies. In addition to teaching classes at Simpson, Ms Wieck has a private studio of over 25 Suzuki violin students. She is also a member of the North State Symphony. Before moving to Redding in 2010, Ms. Wieck was the Suzuki Program Coordinator for the Community School of the Arts in Storrs Connecticut and a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. Kendra is also a member of the worship team at Bethel Church and enjoys playing chamber music.
- M.M., University of Hartford
- B.M., University of Denver
- Intro to Music
- Children's Music
- Artistic synthesis
- Performance skill
Major Specific Resources
- Credit Worksheets
- Music Scholarships (PDF)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directed by Dr. Cyril Myers, is an auditioned mixed ensemble specializing 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. Cyril Myers, is a community chorus sponsored and hosted by Simpson University. It is open to all Simpson students, faculty, and staff as well as community members. Repertoire includes a variety of chorale literature, but focuses primarily on the performance of large scale choral works. Trinity performs in conjunction with the Shasta Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
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 Ruth Polcari, 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.
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.