The Colorado Choir enriches our community and promotes joy and appreciation of choral literature. Through a series of annual concerts and related events, The Colorado Choir shares a diverse repertoire of choral music intended to further the musical training of its members, to demonstrate our passion for music and thus inspire, educate and entertain our audiences.
The Colorado Choir and Chorus Organization was founded in 1976 by Randolph "Casey" Jones, who at that time was Director of the Adams State College Choir in Alamosa, Colorado.
The choir is primarily an a cappella ensemble, but it does perform accompanied works, as well as occasional major works with orchestra. Membership varies between 60-90 musicians who perform 6 major concerts in December, March and May.
In its early history, The Colorado Choir performed over 50 concerts with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, and in 2001 it realized the millennium celebration performance of its American premiere of the Requiem of Reconciliation.
After 33 years of conducting inspiring choral music and the production of eight CD's, Casey retired in 2009. He was succeeded by Ms. Kelly Parmenter, one of his former students, and a member and soloist of the choir since 1980.
Since assuming leadership in 2009, Kelly has led the group to sing with The Denver Brass and the Arapahoe High School Concert Choir, The Denver Zoo Lights and Denver Blossom Of Lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Maestro Keith Lockhart - The Boston Pops - "the Colorado Choir excelled"
"a large group, suave in tone and smoothly rounded on its edges" The Denver Post
"responsiveness and articulation put The Colorado Choir in a category of its own"
GG, The Denver Post
Maestro Leonard Slatkin - "it was a rare night"
MB, Rocky Mountain News
Maestro Gaetano Delogu - "dramatic - one of the major choral statements of any era"
GG, The Denver Post
"absolutely magnificent...brilliant chorus"
MP, The Denver Post
Maestro Brian Priestman - "awesome"
BHR, Rocky Mountain News
Each time we go to a Colorado Choir concert I am more impressed. That their director, Kelly, can get such wonderful sound from a group of volunteers who practice together only one time per week is amazing! They exhibit excellent musicianship and skill and create an outstanding musical sound which is rivaled by few. Their repertoire is extensive and has great audience appeal. As a lifelong professional musician, I find their technique, dynamics and vocal production to be excellent. They are a credit to Denver and to Colorado. Your time will be will spent when you attend a Colorado Choir Concert.