Marianna Parnas-Simpson graduated with a Master’s 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 Ms. Simpson has taught at Parker Elementary School, a Houston ISD magnet school for music. In 2005, she was named Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Parker Elementary. In 2006, Marianna founded Treble Choir of Houston, a youth choral ensemble. Her choirs have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall, TMEA, OAKE and National ACDA multiple times. She has conducted numerous children’s chorus festivals and workshops in the United States and internationally. From 2008 to 2010 Ms. Simpson served as the Artistic Director of the summer program for the American Boychoir in Princeton, NJ. Her latest international engagement was conducting several children’s choruses in Shanghai, China. Additionally, Marianna is a founding member of the highly acclaimed professional choral ensemble, Houston Chamber Choir.
Monica Czausz is in her fifth year of study with renowned Professor Ken Cowan at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas, where she is pursuing the five-year combined Bachelor of Music/Master's Degree program in Organ Performance. Since September 2015 she has been serving as Cathedral Organist at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Houston, Texas. She has been recognized as one of the top 20 organists under 30 for her “superior accomplishments…” and was featured in The Diapason. She has received first prize in numerous competitions, including the 2015 AGO Regional Competition for Young Organists (Region VII: Southwest), 2015 Schweitzer, 2013 William C. Hall, 2012 L. Cameron Johnson, and 2011 Oklahoma City University Competitions.
An increasingly sought-after recitalist, she performed at the 2016 National Convention of the AGO in Houston, Texas both as a "Rising Star" and as Cathedral Organist for Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral. Days later, she performed at the Organ Historical Society National Convention in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. In 2015, she was featured at the OHS National Convention in Western Massachusetts, the AGO Regional Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, and the East Texas Organ Festival in Kilgore. Over the summer of 2017, she will be featured at the Regional Convention of the AGO in Dallas, the joint AGO/RCCO Convention in Montreal, and the OHS National Convention in Minnesota. Her performances have been broadcast on Pipedreams, WRTI Philadelphia, 91.7 Houston, and KTRU Rice Radio.
Monica Czausz is under the exclusive management of Karen McFarlane Concert Artists, Inc.