Setting the Stage
“Simpson is a jewel,” shares Virginia, who is an assistant professor of music at the college. “Simpson students have the unique opportunity to obtain roles in productions immediately. This provides priceless experiences that position students well for a career in music.”
As Virginia and her husband Nixon considered how to best support the continued success of the opera program, they decided to establish an endowment at the Community Foundation. The couple made a generous lead gift to create the Simpson College Opera Endowment, and then offered a matching gift to encourage others to join them to ensure future opportunities for students.
“Support from the endowment is meant to be flexible to meet the needs of future productions,” says Virginia. “The best way to give support is to trust the organization you are giving it to and provide them the opportunity to carry out the work.” Thanks to the leadership of Virginia and Nixon Lauridsen, the stage is set for the future success of Simpson opera students.
“The Simpson College Opera Endowment at the Community Foundation is all about the students. The Simpson opera program is a uniquely collaborative, educational approach, and the students deserve its continuation.” – Virginia Lauridsen