Simpson University Music Professor to Premiere Concerto in Portland

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University music professor Dan Pinkston will have an original composition premiered by the Tilikum Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Ore., on March 8.


Dr. Dan Pinkston

He also will travel to Dakar Academy in Senegal, West Africa, in April, to speak during their spiritual emphasis week, give guitar lessons and coach their musical groups and worship teams.

The March orchestral piece—a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra—was commissioned by clarinetist Bruce Belton, a longtime supporter and performer of classical music in Northern California. Dr. Pinkston composed the piece during a weeklong residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden in October 2018.

Dr. Pinkston also is recognized as a 2019 semi-finalist for his excellence in composing orchestra music by The American Prize in Composition.

Dr. Pinkston, who grew up in West Africa and has taught at Simpson since 2001, chairs the Music Department. He has won numerous awards for his compositions, which include two symphonies premiered in the North State. He and his family live on campus as part of Simpson’s Faculty-in-Residence program.

Simpson University’s Music Department offers a bachelor’s degree in music with emphases in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, liberal arts, and commercial music. Learn more at


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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