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.

Mac Merchant, Accompanist

Mac is an active pianist, vocal coach, and musical theater director in the Denver area.  He has a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano through the University of Colorado Boulder, having studied with Alexandra Nguyen and Margaret McDonald. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Whitworth University and his master’s degree in Piano Performance from Washington State University. 

At the age of 14, he realized he could get paid to do something he loved when he was hired for his first church job.  Since then, Mac has collaborated with numerous musicians, choral and instrumental ensembles, and theater groups in both Washington state and Colorado. 

He is looking forward to a great season of musical collaboration with Colorado Chorale.

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

Nancy Bober

Phil Szajnuk
Member at Large

Kathy Kilmer
Member at Large

Susan Chandler
Member at Large

Samantha Taylor
Member at Large

Peter Severson
Member at Large