All State Treble Chorus – Mission
The mission of the All-State Treble Chorus is to provide a quality honor choir experience for selected students in Grades 4 through 6 who participate in their school’s general music and/or choral programs. MMEA engages the very best conductors who are recognized for their expertise with children’s choirs. The conductors select repertoire appropriate for this age level. Repertoire is varied, of a high-quality, pedagogically sound, and engages the young singer to encourage age-appropriate and expressive singing.
Treble Chorus Information for 2019
2019 information will be posted when it becomes available. The links below are for 2018.
As stated in the handbook, teachers and students will use the "Audition Accompaniment Track" to accompany auditions.
- The vocalise is played through once to orient students to the tonality.
- A single D-Major chord is played, after which students should begin singing the vocalise.
- The accompaniment track plays the modulations as students sing through the exercise.
- You will hear a I-V-I progression in G-major, followed by a single G-note, to tonally prepare students for "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Students will then breathe and sing the song at their chosen tempo.
Marianna Parnas-Simpson to Conduct 2019 Treble Chorus
Treble Choir of Houston, Director
Parker Chorus Program, Director
Graduated with a Masters 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, she has taught at Parker Elementary School, a Houston ISD elementary magnet school for music. Under the direction of Mrs. Simpson, the choral program grew from 30 to 270 students and won the National Grammy Award in 2002. The Parker Advanced Chorus was selected to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2003, 2005 & 2012; for the National American Choral Directors Association Convention in Miami in 2007 and in Dallas in 2013. Both in 2007 and 2012 Parker Advanced Chorus was the only elementary chorus ever performed at such distinguished forum in its 55 year history. Parker Advanced Chorus was also invited to perform at the National Conference of Kodaly Educators in Dallas, TX in 2010. From 2008-2010 Marianna served as an Artistic Director of the summer program for the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. Marianna P. Simpson was named Parker Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2005. She is in high demand as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the USA and abroad. Her recent conducting took her to Shanghai, China. In 2006 Ms. Simpson founded Treble Choir of Houston at Christ Church Cathedral that was a featured performer in Carnegie Hall in June, 2014. In May, 2015 Parker Elementary Advanced Chorus was invited to perform Mahler's 3rd Symphony with Houston Symphony Orchestra under the batton of Maestro Andres Orozko-Estrada. Marianna is a founding member of the Houston Chamber Choir, an internationally acclaimed professional ensemble.