Simpson University Music, Biology Student Wins Vocalist Award

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University junior Hannah Schumacher will perform in a spring Shasta Symphony Orchestra concert after her selection as a winner in the orchestra’s Emerging Artist Solo & Aria Competition.

She will sing “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” from “La Bohème” at a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 concert in the Shasta College Theatre. Schumacher sang the selection for the Oct. 29 competition, which was open to young vocal and instrumental artists from throughout the North State.

“Performing in the Emerging Artist competition was a way for me to practice my skills and challenge myself, particularly in the realm of performance anxiety,” said Schumacher, who is from Elk Grove, Calif. “Being able to watch and compete with some of the highly talented local musicians was a wonderful and inspiring experience.”

Schumacher first attended Simpson University eight years ago. “I left after two years because I didn’t know what I was trying to accomplish,” she said. “After a few years of working, I finally found a reason to finish my education.”

She returned to the university, where she is double-majoring in biology and music with a concentration in applied voice. She hopes to teach high school biology after she graduates.

Schumacher’s voice teacher is Dr. Kristina Driskill, Simpson’s vocal faculty member.

“Simpson’s music program is unique because everyone associated with it is deeply passionate and committed to music and the success and enrichment of their students,” Schumacher said.

Dr. Steve Kim, director of choral activities at Simpson University, said audience members are in for a treat when Schumacher performs.

“Hannah has a full and rich tone and a wide range of tools to be expressive in her singing,” he said. “Her interpretation of the aria quickly captured the audience at the competition. She will be a bright star in the opera world.”

Schumacher will perform at the spring concert with fellow competition winners Emma White (voice) and Sophia Hackler (piano).

Learn more about Simpson University’s music program, which offers degrees in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, music liberal arts, and commercial music, at Follow the Music Department on Facebook at SimpsonUniversityMusic.

Photo courtesy Hannah Schumacher


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson has launched new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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