Kristin Simpson is a composer, orchestrator, arranger, sound designer and violinist based in the Los Angeles area. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Commercial and Media Composition from California State University, Northridge, where she studied with composer and conductor Elizabeth Sellers.
Simpson writes for a variety of musical genres and specializes in orchestral music. Participation in symphony orchestras — as well as her impressions of music from such renowned films as Star Wars and such television series as Downton Abbey — have inspired her arrangements and compositions, each one with an orchestration in mind from conception.
Countless films and television series have impassioned Simpson to write music that transcends the temporal realm and brings light to greater truths. Her sound design work ranges from that of short films to Doctor Who audio dramas. She is a proud co-founder of the composer collective, Atemporal Productions, which is committed to creating music-forward content.
In the academic realm, Simpson assists with the intermediate PSE student orchestra and will conduct the orchestra for its premiere of her original piece, Summer Skies, in June 2023. In January 2023, she was gratified to have guest-lectured in the same Film Music History classroom at the University of California, Irvine from which her interest in film music blossomed years ago.
Simpson teaches private composition lessons and group classes in media music at the Claremont Community School of Music. There she also produced three virtual orchestras for hundreds of musicians of all ages during the pandemic.
Liturgical music composed and arranged by Simpson regularly premieres in church services. She is currently preparing for her Disney Hall Hymn Project, which will culminate in a recording session at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.