Staff and Board

Staff and Board

Our Staff

Ana Spadoni, Assistant Director

Ana Spadoni is originally from Brazil, where she started her vocal studies with the renowned soprano Neyde Thomas.  In 2007, she moved to New York City to further her education at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a Bachelor’s degree.  Ana completed a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and is now pursuing a Performance Certificate in Choral Conducting under Dr. Catherine Sailer.

Ms. Spadoni has portrayed leading roles both in school and professional engagements, being praised for her theatrical presence on stage and expressive lyrical lines.  Recent performances include being the soprano soloist for major works with local groups, like Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de confessore”, Mcdowall’s “Magnificat”, Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Colorado Ballet.  Her latest opera roles were Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni,” Adina in “Don Pasquale,” Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi,” and Pamina in “Die Zauberflöte”, which was televised nationally in Brazil.

Although new to the conducting world, Ana has gotten exciting opportunities to further study the craft, participating as a fellow in the Chorus America Conducting Academy and conducting in a master class at the ACDA Colorado convention with Charles Bruffy.  She was the Mark Sheldon conducting intern with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir for the 2016-2017 season, as well as Conducting Fellow for the Colorado Repertory Singers and Chorister’s Director at University Park UMC. Currently,  she works as Interim Music Director at Calvary Baptist Church and Assistant Director with the Colorado Chorale.

Cathy Motter, Accompanist

photo-cathy-motterMotter is a retired Affiliate Professor of Piano at the Colorado Christian University School of Music, Organist at Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Greenwood Village, and Pianist for Due Musici with cellist Karen Terbeek.

Motter completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Texas at Arlington where she studied piano with Jo Boatright, former assistant to Hungarian concert pianist, Mme. Lili Kraus. She earned her Master’s Degree in Music from Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver where she studied with Theodore Lichtmann. Both degrees were received on full accompanying scholarships with an emphasis in Piano Performance.

Motter has also played for many groups in the Denver area, including Summer Choralfests with Dr. Howard Skinner, La Scala Singers, and Kantorei under the direction of Dick Larson.

She maintains an active teaching studio in her home, and performs each summer at the annual Princeton Peak Piano Retreat.

Dr. Daniel L. Grace, Artistic Director Emeritus

photo-daniel-graceDr. Daniel L. Grace led the Colorado Chorale for 35 years; he retired from the Chorale at the end of the 2008-2009 season.

Noted for his innovative programming, Dan said he planned his concert seasons looking for “two factors: cohesion and variety.” He directed the Chorale in the masterworks; in collaborations with gospel singers, Native American musicians, Celtic dancers, a marimba ensemble, and professional storytellers; and in fully staged musicals from the Broadway tradition.

Dan is a highly regarded clinician, adjudicator, and panel moderator throughout Colorado. Active in the Colorado Music Educators’ Association and the American Choral Directors’ Association, Dan was inducted into the CMEA Educators Hall of Fame in 1992 and chosen as the ACDA Conductor of the Year in 1987.

As Dan retired from the Colorado Chorale after its 39th season, he also honored his talented wife, Billie Grace, the Chorale’s First Lady Emerita.

In gratitude, the Colorado Chorale recognizes the dedication, hard work, and devotion to excellence of Dr. Daniel L. Grace, Artistic Director Emeritus!

Board of Directors

Diane Mulligan

Kendall Bridges
Vice President

Deb Roth

Maria Mata

Scott Banks
Member at Large

James Lodovic
Member at Large

Phil Szajnuk
Member at Large

Kathy Kilmer
Member at Large