FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: With One Accord – Episode 127: Music Mondays featuring the Treble Choir of Houston
About the Treble Choir of Houston:
Founded in 2006, the #TrebleChoirofHouston at Christ Church Cathedral is an acclaimed ensemble of young women grades 6-12 that provides outstanding musical training in a nurturing environment. Coming from widely diverse backgrounds, these young women are united in their pursuit of musical excellence. The Treble Choir is the only tuition-free community ensemble in Houston.
The ensemble performs widely in the Houston community and serves as the resident children’s choir at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. The singers meet to rehearse once a week at Christ Church Cathedral. Some of the Choir’s performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, the International Choral Festival in Powell River, British Columbia, the Washington National Cathedral. The Treble Choir is extremely proud of its association with the Houston Chamber Choir and the opportunities it has had to participate in many of its projects, such as Christmas at the Villa, Ceremony of Carols, cantatas Saint Nikolas and the latest performances and recording of the Bob Chilcott’s cantata Circlesong. The recording will be released in February 2022 by Signum Records.
About Founder & Artistic Director Marianna Parnas-Simpson:
Marianna Parnas-Simpson is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. She was the founder of KAMERTON, an award-winning St. Petersburg girls’ choir which she directed for ten years before coming to the United States. Since 1999, Ms. Simpson has been taught at Parker Elementary School, a Houston ISD magnet school for music, where she has developed the choral program from 30 to 250 students. Parker Music Program received a Grammy® Award in 2002. In 2005, Ms. Simpson was named Teacher of the Year. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Simpson served as the Artistic Director of the American Boychoir summer program in Princeton, New Jersey.
In 2006, Ms. Simpson founded the Treble Choir of Houston at Christ Church Cathedral. Her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall and with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. They have been selected to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators convention, Organization of American Kodaly Educators multiple times. In 2020, Parker Elementary School chorus was awarded 2nd place in the American Prize National Competition (Youth Choirs Division). Ms. Simpson is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor, offering masterclasses and conducting honor choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Grammy® Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir. She recorded six CDs distributed by MSR and Signum labels.
Circles of Motion
Composed by Bob Chilcott
Text from Joy Harjo (Eagle Poem)
Andreea Muţ, accompanist
To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear;
Can’t know except in moments
In the circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Circled in blue sky
Swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, breathe in
Knowing we are truly blessed
Because were born
Within a circle of motion
Like eagle rounding out the morning
We pray that it will be done
Every Monday and Friday at noon CT, the #HoustonChamberChoir presents the With One Accord podcast, your one-stop shop for choral joy! Join us for Music Mondays with Artistic Director Robert Simpson as he presents favorite moments from past choral performances, get a glimpse into the personalities of the Houston Chamber Choir on Behind the Music with St. John Flynn, and take a look at the choral world’s rising stars on our Education Spotlight with Operations Manager April Harris.
More details at https://houstonchamberchoir.org/podcast-with-one-accord.
Host: Robert Simson
Producer: Carolina Borja
Associate Producer: April Harris
Video Editor: Nhu Tran
Audio Mastering Engineer: Ryan Edwards
Special thanks to the Treble Choir of Houston
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