About the Recording Artists
Katie Pollorena, mezzo-soprano
Originally from southern California, Katie Pollorena (mezzo-soprano) holds a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy from the University of Memphis and a bachelor's degree in voice from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has sung as a soloist with American Bach Soloists Academy, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Memphis, Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Houston Baroque, and was an alto in Carnegie Hall's Tallis Scholars: Spem in Alium Project in New York. Katie lives in Memphis with her husband and collaborative pianist, Daniel, and performs with Tennessee Chorus and Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale.
Patrick Parker, organ
In his first career, Patrick Parker pursued a career in the arts, graduated Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Houston, served in the Episcopal Church, and was Founder and Artistic Director of the internationally-recognized non-profit Houston Baroque. He taught at Houston Community College and University of Houston, performed countless concerts in cathedrals and churches throughout the world, lived for a year in Leipzig, Germany (Houston’s sister city), and created five commercial recordings.
In his free time Patrick mentored teenagers and emerging adults in addiction recovery, and a new career of service began to emerge around how self-deception and self-betrayal fragments our identity, and how we can recover and re-integrate ourselves individually and as a society.
Patrick currently studies Social Work at the University of Houston and has served in clinical and public policy positions at Houston Independent School District and Houston Food Bank. He continues to serve as organist at Covenant Baptist Church, an Ecumenical Liberal Baptist Congregation in Houston, which promotes social justice and the dignity and worth of each human.
A proud Houstonian since 2012, Patrick lives in Houston’s Sharpstown neighborhood—the United States' first master-planned community—with his best friend, a Chihuahua/Dachshund named Ollie.