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.


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, via email at, or by calling Simpson’s Music Department at 530.226.4507.

To learn about Simpson’s bachelor’s degree program in music, visit

Photos courtesy Jamon Maple and Kittinant Chinsamran


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