Kelly Parmenter, the Colorado Choir’s conductor and artistic director, graduated from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, where she received a degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education. She studied on the graduate level at the University of Colorado, Boulder and received a Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kelly studied choral and orchestral conducting with Randolph “Casey” Jones and Dr. Gordon Childs of Adams State College and Dr. Lawrence Kaptein of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kelly brings more than three decades of choral conducting experience to the Colorado Choir. She has been the Choral and Orchestral Conductor at Arapahoe High School for the past 35 years as well as the chair of the Performing Arts Department. Kelly is active in the American Choral Directors Association and the Colorado Music Educators National Conference. She is a well-recognized professional member of the Denver music community and her ensembles have performed at such diverse venues as the Capitol Building and Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City and Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Kelly has been a singer with the Colorado Choir since 1980 and has been a Soprano Soloist, Alto Section Leader, served on the board of directors, and was an Assistant Conductor for many years.