Simpson, Eugene Thamon
- Micah Wittmer
(b North Wilkesboro NC, April 10, 1932). American concert pianist, basso profundo, choral conductor and arranger. Simpson studied with Mark Fax at Howard University (BMus 1951), where he earned the title of “Most Distinguished Student in Applied Performance.” He received a BM and MM from Yale in 1954 as a student of Ellsworth Grumman. After completing his residency as a doctoral student at Columbia University, where he studied with Allan Forte and Leland Thompson, he made his piano debut at Carl Fischer Hall in New York in 1956. Shortly afterwards, Simpson was drafted into the US Army and became an NCOIC as well as the choral director of the Department of Army’s nine-month world tour show, “Rolling Along.” He was also the leader of the Army’s “Melodaires Quartet,” a prize-winning vocal ensemble that performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. After being discharged from the Army, he began vocal training with Ugo De Caro and later with Donna Paola Novikova. Simpson made his operatic debut in Wagner's ...