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.