Kevin T. Padworski – Artistic Director
Upon receiving the Mozart Music Scholarship at Eastern University, Padworski earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with recitals in saxophone and organ. He later earned a certificate in Leadership from the Foundations program at Duke Divinity School, and a Master of Music degree in Conducting with Choral Concentration from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where he was nominated for a Recital of Distinction and was named Outstanding Conductor. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Literature at CU-Boulder.
Amanda Balestrieri – Assistant Conductor
A musician’s singer, Amanda Balestrieri took her rigorous instrumental training in orchestral and chamber music and her love of language and the stage, and crafted an unusually versatile voice in the classical music community. Early successes were as a pianist, as violinist and concert mistress of the North Yorkshire youth orchestra in the UK, in various recorder and early music ensembles, and in leading roles in several Gilbert and Sullivan productions. She received her BA/MA in Modern Languages from Oxford University, began her singing career in London and Milan, sang with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for the movie Amadeus, and was a regular soloist in contemporary music with the New London Chamber Choir. Balestrieri has appeared with the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin and Sir Christopher Hogwood, and performed in chamber music, oratorio, and baroque opera throughout the U.S. with the Washington Bach Consort, American Bach Soloists, Folger Consort, Opera Lafayette, Concert Royal New York, the Santa Fe Pro Musica, St. Thomas Choir New York, and the New York Collegium. Since moving to the Denver area, she has been a featured soloist with the Colorado, Cheyenne, and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras, the Colorado Ballet, the Boulder Bach Festival, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova Singers, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Coaching and conducting have always been part of her life, most recently as Interim Director of Regis University Collegium Musicum, where she conducted an abridged, semi-staged version of Purcell’s Indian Queen. She has recorded for the Koch, Fantasy, Dorian, and Virginia Arts labels.