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, Dr. Gordon Childs of Adams State College, and Dr. Lawrence Kaptein of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kelly brings more than 35 years of choral conducting experience to the Colorado Choir. She recently retired as the Choral and Orchestral Conductor at Arapahoe High School where she had worked since the beginning of her conducting career. She was also the chair of the Performing Arts Department at Arapahoe.
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.