2018 Elementary and Junior High School Honor Choirs — 26th Annual
Co-sponsored by NJMEA and NJACDA
Dates for 2018:
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Deadline for Honor Choir Audition Materials
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Judging Day at Grace Church, Madison, NJ. Host: Anne Matlack
Saturday, February 3, 2018– Judging Day – Snow Date (if necessary)
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Rehearsal Day at New Providence High School, New Providence, NJ. Host: Ken Hess
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Festival Day at J.P. Case Middle School, Flemington, NJ. Host: Rose Nagy
What’s Great About NJ Elementary and Junior High All-State
– Students get the chance to perform with other talented students
– Students have the opportunity to perform with excellent conductors from New Jersey and around the country
– Music teachers are able to network and form friendships during rehearsals
– Music teachers get great rep ideas and observe rehearsals with accomplished conductors
– For students and teachers alike, the time commitments is small, but the reward is great.
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 and created chorus program that grew from 30 to 250 children, grade 1-5. In 2005, she was named Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Parker Elementary. In 2006 Marianna founded the Treble Choir of Houston, a youth ensemble for young women, grade 6-12 whose mission is Helping Young Women to find Their Voice. From 2008 to 2010 Ms. Simpson served as the Artistic Director of the summer program for the American Boychoir in Princeton, NJ. Her choirs have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, OAKE and American Choral Directors Association Convention multiple times. She has conducted numerous children’s chorus festivals and workshops in the United States and internationally. Marianna Parnas-Simpson is the founding member of the Houston Chamber Choir, a premier professional ensemble. With this group she has recorded four CD’s that are released with MSR Classics
Pictures from the 2015 NJ Elementary and Junior High All State Honors Choir under the direction of Tom Shelton and Anthony Sears.