Choirs

The Cathedral Choir prizes the Anglican choral tradition. This choir is a volunteer ensemble with a core of professional singers, who sing for services ranging from Festival Eucharists to Solemn Evensongs. We rehearse for 2-1/2 hours on Thursday evenings and for 45 minutes on Sunday mornings. If that sounds wonderfully appealing to you, please join us. All you need to do is set up an audition with the Choirmaster.

The Parish Choir sings at the 9 a.m. liturgy and consists of volunteers (with a few staff singers from the Cathedral Choir). Volunteers range from those with no formal musical training to those with extensive experience, but they share enthusiasm and a desire to make beautiful music as part of the worship service. Rehearsals are in Latham Hall from 6–7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings. You are invited to join this growing community without an audition and “make a joyful noise to the Lord!” Please contact Robert Simpson (713-590-3311) for more information.

The Cathedral Treble Choir is directed by Marianna Parnas-Simpson. Composed of children from the Cathedral and greater Houston community, the Cathedral Treble Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 5:00–6:30 p.m. In addition to singing at the Cathedral for Eucharists, Evensongs, and other special events, the Cathedral Treble Choir often serves as a guest children’s choir for concerts and weddings. For more information about The Cathedral Treble Choir and possibly engaging the choir for your wedding or any other event, click here to view the brochure (PDF).

Robert Simpson

Robert SimpsonCanon for Music

Phone: 713-590-3311, Email: rlsimpson@christchurchcathedral.org

Robert Simpson, AAGO, ChM, SMM, is Organist-Choirmaster at historic Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Houston, Texas and Founder and Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Choir. He also serves on the faculty of The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University as Lecturer of Church Music. An honors graduate of Brown University, Mr. Simpson was a student of Robert Baker at The School of Sacred Music, Union Theological Seminary and Michael Schneider at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Organ at Georgia State University and Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin. Mr. Simpson earned the Associate and Choirmaster Certificates from the American Guild of Organists, receiving the S. Lewis Elmer Prize for attaining the highest test scores. He served as Vice Chair of the Standing Commission on Church Music for the Episcopal Church and on the Editorial Board of the African American hymnal Lift Every Voice and Sing II.


Bruce Power

Bruce PowerAssociate Minister for Music and Organist

Phone: 713-590-3310, Email: tbpower@christchurchcathedral.org

Bruce Power's current tenure at the Cathedral began in 1999, previously serving as Assistant Organist from 1985-1993. In addition to Bruce's duties at the Cathedral, he is accompanist for the Houston Chamber Choir. From 2004-2006, he was accompanist for Houston Grand Opera's Opera to Go. Bruce holds music degrees from the Hurley School of Centenary College of Louisiana and the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University. His organ teachers were James Herrin, William C. Teague, Ronald Dean, and Clyde Holloway. As a district and regional winner of the American Guild of Organists competition and a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition in Chicago, Bruce has performed at national conventions of New Music America and The Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network. He was the service organist at the 2001 regional convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston. He is listed in The International Who's Who of Musicians.

Photos of the Cathedral Choir courtesy of Mike McKann and David Schmoll