Kevin T. Padworski – Artistic Director
Kevin conducts and performs extensively. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards in multiple disciplines: conducting, voice, saxophone and keyboards. Professional appearances include the Colorado Repertory Singers, Colorado Choral Arts Society, DCINY Concerts New York, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Symphony Chorus, Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Dallas Symphony, Evans Choir, Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, University of Denver, Stratus Chamber Orchestra, American Baptist Churches USA, and numerous collaborative and solo performances. As a composer he actively writes for soloists and instrumental ,and choral ensembles, with a particular interest in creating robust and engaging accompaniments. He is published by Santa Barbara, MusicSpoke, Pavane, and Hal Leonard. Concurrent with his direction of Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Mr. Padworski also serves as Artistic Director of The Colorado Chorale and as the Associate Conductor of The Colorado Children’s Chorale.
Upon receiving the Mozart Music Scholarship at Eastern University, Mr. 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, as well as 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.
Evanne Browne – Artistic Director Emeritus
One of three female professional conductors in a musical family, Evanne Browne has performed, directed and championed early music since the 1980s when she was a student in Baroque Vocal Performance Practice at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Evanne spent over 20 years in the Washington, D.C., area where she gained notoriety as a soprano soloist described as having “sensitive musicianship” and a voice with “an impressive range…clear with sweet highs.” She made multiple solo appearances with outstanding ensembles including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Washington Bach Consort, Hesperus, and the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. In 2005, Evanne moved to Boulder, Colorado, where she garnered acclaim conducting and developing musical programs. She served as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, as Artistic Director for the Colorado Masterworks Chorus, and as Founder and Artistic Director of Seicento Baroque Ensemble until 2016 when she returned to D.C. In Virginia, she serves as the Director of Music at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, Assistant Music Director for the Washington Christmas Revels, and she is one of the 11 conductors for Encore chorales, a creative organization providing choral opportunities targeted at adults age 55 and over. Evanne maintains a private voice studio where she often works with choral singers wanting to improve their singing and musicianship. Her degrees are in vocal performance, receiving a Master of Music from Rice University, a Bachelor of Music from Trinity University.
Amanda Balestrieri – Associate Artistic Director
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.
Gerald W. Holbrook – Accompanist
Gerald Holbrook, organist, pianist and harpsichordist, holds a doctoral degree in Organ Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He performs with local ensembles including the Cheyenne Symphony, the Greeley Philharmonic, Seicento Baroque Ensemble and the Bailey Bach Festival with Simon Carrington. In addition, he has performed with the Rocky Mountain Brassworks, the Boulder Mahler Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and the Bach Festival at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins. He also has a background in Gregorian chant, teaching many students throughout the U.S. through workshops in church, monastic and seminary settings.
Dr. Holbrook is the former District Convener for the American Guild of Organists (Colorado), and has been Dean of both Lincoln (NE) and the Tri-State (CO) Chapters. As a composer, he focuses on sacred music, particularly choral and organ works, some of which have been performed by San Francisco’s noted Schola Cantorum as well as by church choirs around the country. Dr. Holbrook is currently the director of music at first United Methodist Church in Boulder and the Chorus Master for Opera Fort Collins.