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.


Sigurd Øgaard

Sigurd Melvær ØgaardAssociate Minister of Music and Cathedral Organist

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

Originally from Bergen, Norway, Sigurd began studying the organ with his uncle at age 10. He was an organ performance major at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, studying organ, harpsichord, and choral conducting. As part of his undergraduate work, he spent a semester at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England, while also working as organ scholar at St. Mary's Collegiate Church in Warwick. In 2002, Sigurd moved to the U.S. to work as organist and assistant director of music at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock. During his time there, he completed a doctorate in choral conducting at Texas Tech University. From 2009–2011, he worked at Texas Tech as adjunct instructor of collaborative piano and organ. After relocating to Houston in 2011, he worked as organist at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church until 2014. In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, Sigurd also serves as organist and accompanist for Bach Society Houston, and is an affiliate artist at the Moores School of Music, where he teaches organ improvisation.

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