Take Action to Stop the Termination of Key Music Faculty at Simpson College

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The students of the Music Department at Simpson College are devastated by the Program Prioritization Process and the termination of key Music Department faculty, specifically Professor Bruce Brown and Dr. Kimberly Roberts. 

Professor Brown has been employed at Simpson since 2003 and has impacted a number of students as a Voice Teacher (with one of the largest studios in the department), an Opera Stage Director, an Orpheus Summer Music Camp faculty member, and has taught a number of classes in and out of the Music Department including the May Term Opera Workshop. He is incredibly kind and caring and is thought of by his students as a confidant and ally. 

Dr. Roberts is an alumni of Simpson College and is a large presence in the Music Department teaching Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Vocal Literature, as well as being the Voice Area Coordinator for the department. She also has taught at the Orpheus Summer Music Camp for a number of summers. She is tenured, but is still up for termination at the end of next year. 

Bruce Brown and Kim Roberts both have outstanding alumni outcomes, with their students competing and winning in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, performing on opera stages worldwide and teaching at schools and institutions across the nation. The impact of these two teachers not only spans the Music Department at Simpson, but the entire operatic and music world. 

The Students of the Simpson College Music Department urge you to sign this petition to show the administration how important these faculty are to the department and the school as a whole. 

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