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Marianna Parnas-SimpsonGraduated 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 conductiong took her to Shaghai, 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.