Kevin T. Padworski serves as the Artistic Director of The Colorado Chorale and Director of Vocal Music at Colorado Academy. Padworski performs extensively and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards declaring mastery in multiple disciplines: conducting, voice, saxophone, and keyboards. Professional appearances include the Colorado Repertory Singers, Colorado Choral Arts Society, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Symphony Chorus, Cincinnati Youth Choir, Dallas Symphony, DCINY Concerts Orchestra, Mid-America Concert Productions, Evans Choir, Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, New England Wind Ensemble, Opera Colorado, University of Denver, Stratus Chamber Orchestra, American Baptist Churches USA, and numerous collaborative and solo performances.
A passionate educator and arts leader, Padworski has enjoyed teaching and learning from performing arts communities across the country. He values fostering an environment where students and faculty alike enjoy developing their art form, but also learn much about themselves – their identity, their ethics, their creativity – and develop grit toward carving their own paths to success as lifelong learners. With a background in leadership training, Padworski is a strong advocate for people-oriented leadership built upon intent and trust, and celebrating diverse teams that bring light and authenticity to the art we create.
Padworski holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting and literature from the University of Colorado, and the master and bachelor of music degrees in conducting and music education from the University of Denver and Eastern University. He is an active composer and writes for soloists, instrumental, and choral ensembles with a particular interest in creating robust and engaging orchestrations and accompaniments. Padworski’s music has been performed at local, state, regional, and national ACDA conferences, receiving premieres in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Votivkirke in Vienna, and his commissions have received accolades including recognition from Americans for the Arts. His works are available through Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Hal Leonard, Pavane, and MusicSpoke.