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2018 Choirs

Treble Choir of Houston - USA

The Treble Choir of Houston is a nurturing community of young women grade 5-12 that provides them with exceptional interpersonal and musical experiences. Through Treble Choir projects participants from diverse cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds find their voices as singers, artists and women in a musical environment that empowers them.

Treble Choir was founded in 2006 by Marianna Parnas-Simpson and has flourished artistically since then. The philosophy that only the best is good enough has been a constant guiding principle. Treble Choir is tuition free choral youth group. This choral ensemble performs widely in the community and also serves as the resident children’s choir at Christ Church Cathedral.

Some of the Treble Choir performance highlights include: featured performance in Carnegie Hall, The National Cathedral (Washington, DC), Wortham Art Center, Moore’s Opera House and Houston Symphony. Treble Choir is proud for its association with Houston Chamber Choir and the opportunity to perform Britten’s “Saint Nicolas”, “Ceremony of Carols” and annual Christmas at the Villa De Matel concerts. Visit www.treblechoir.com.

Marianna Parnas-SimpsonMarianna Parnas-Simpson graduated with a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. She founded the award-winning St. Petersburg Girls’ Choir, KAMERTON, which she directed for ten years before coming to the United States. Since 1999 Ms. Simpson has taught at Parker Elementary School, a Houston ISD magnet school for music and created chorus program that grew from 30 to 250 children, grade 1-5. In 2005, she was named Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Parker Elementary. In 2006 Marianna founded the Treble Choir of Houston, a youth ensemble for young women, grade 6-12 whose mission is Helping Young Women to find Their Voice. From 2008 to 2010 Ms. Simpson served as the Artistic Director of the summer program for the American Boychoir in Princeton, NJ. Her choirs have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, OAKE and American Choral Directors Association Convention multiple times. She has conducted numerous children’s chorus festivals and workshops in the United States and internationally. Marianna Parnas-Simpson is the founding member of the Houston Chamber Choir, a premier professional ensemble. With this group she has recorded four CD’s that are released with MSR Classics.

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