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 a nurturing community of young women grade 6-12 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.
This choral ensemble performs widely in the community and also serves as the resident children’s choir at Christ Church Cathedral. Our repertoire is diverse, coming from many periods in the western classical tradition, sung in many languages, and also includes world music, jazz and Broadway selections. Our mission is to help each singer realize her full potential as a person and a musician. Self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills are cultivated through the environment of love, respect and support.
Canon for Music
Phone: 713-590-3311, Email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Photos of the Cathedral Choir courtesy of Mike McKann and David Schmoll