Andrew Peters

Director of Music and Organist

A native of West Caldwell, New Jersey, Andy is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. A recipient of numerous awards, he plays as ensemble organist with the St. Louis Symphony. His first season in 2013 included performing Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes at Carnegie Hall on what would have been Britten’s one hundredth birthday. In addition to playing solo organ recitals and leading hymn festivals, he often accompanies silent film comedies starring Harold Lloyd.

Andy is an active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has been dean of the Nashville chapter, director of the 2010 St. Louis Pipe Organ Encounter, and chair of the 2015 Region VI Convention. He also filled several terms on the national AGO’s Committee on the New Organist.

Before coming to Augustana in November 2021, Andy served Episcopalian, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist congregations in Connecticut, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee. He has been featured as a guest commentator on the radio program Great Sacred Music and organist on Pipedreams. His music is published by Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar Music, and Paraclete Press. Andy and his wife Christine live in the city of Denver.

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Contact Andy at 303-388-4678 ext. 122 or by email.

Kevin T. Padworski

Chancel Choir Director

Kevin T. Padworski serves as Chancel Choir Director at Augustana Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Denver. In addition to this role, he also 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.

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.

Contact Kevin at 303-388-4678 ext. 111 or by email.

Angela Howard

Angela Howard is thrilled to be the director for Choristers and Cantabile! Angela is a passionate music educator who currently teaches K–5 general music and choir at Independence Elementary in the Cherry Creek School District. She served as the guest clinician for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Choristers Guild Children’s Choral Festival and is currently the co-president of the organization. Previous teaching experience includes K–5 general music in Minnesota and North Dakota and 6–12 vocal music in Iowa. Angela is a proud graduate of North Dakota State University (Go Bison!) where she holds a Master of Music in Music Education (2015) and a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education (2002). In addition to elementary music and choir, Angela has extensive experience directing musical theater productions at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. When she is not teaching, Angela fills her time by singing with the Augustana Chancel Choir, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Murdock

Soprano, Augustana Vocal Ensemble

Soprano Emily Murdock is a versatile performer whose performances “resonate well with the audience” (Opera News). Adept at singing music from the Renaissance era to the present day, Emily performs frequently with the Central City Opera Touring Artists and has also been featured as a soloist with Vox Anima in London, Boulder Opera, Opera Maine, Opera in the Ozarks, the Boulder Fringe Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Opera Colorado, and many regional chorales and orchestras. Emily has been successful in many multi-round competitions, including the Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition, the National Semi-Finals of the NATS Artist Award recital competition, the National Finals of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, and the Regional Round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Bachelor of Music in Voice and Flute Performance from the University of Montana. Raised in Whitefish, Montana, Emily resides with her husband, young daughter, and dog near Denver.

Bella Mallow

Alto, Augustana Vocal Ensemble

Mezzo-Soprano Bella Mallow received her master’s degree in vocal performance in 2020 from Louisiana State University. She made her professional debut as Tisbé in Opéra Louisiane’s Cenerentola, shortly thereafter relocating back to her home state of Colorado to start her budding performance career. She has enjoyed several professional performance opportunities with Boulder Opera, Loveland Opera Theatre, Opera Fort Collins, and the Opera Colorado chorus. Trained as a dancer and actor, she often ventures outside of the world of classical music and frequently performs professionally in musical theatre, interactive theatre, straight plays, with dance companies (most recently Front Range Contemporary Ballet Company), and with multiple cover bands and tribute acts. Some of her most notable roles include Fiona in Brigadoon, Dot in Sunday In The Park with George, Meg Page in Falstaff, and Doris in Elizabeth Cree. She currently lives in Denver, continuously performs around the state, and is excited to be lending her voice to the Augustana Chancel Choir as the alto section leader.

Blake Nawa`a

Tenor, Augustana Vocal Ensemble

A jack of all trades who hopes to occasionally exhibit some mastery, Blake Nawa’a works around the wider Denver metro area as a voice teacher, musical theatre music director, collaborative pianist, conductor, and soloist. He is a double-graduate of the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He sings with many of Denver’s choral ensembles, including St Martin’s Chamber Choir, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and the Evans Choir, and he also music directs productions with various Denver-area theatre companies. Blake is the music director of the seasonal Original Dickens Carolers, and in 2021, he became the assistant conductor of the Colorado Chorale.

As a voice teacher, Blake works with beginning to advanced students on repertoire in all genres, and he teaches in locations including Parker, Greenwood Village, and in Denver. An avid, self-avowed music nerd, he is prone to periodic bursts of musical research, one of which spawned the YouTube recital series SONGspeare, an exploration of art song settings of Shakespeare’s words.

Keith Williamson

Bass, Augustana Vocal Ensemble

Keith Williamson, a Colorado native, is the bass member of the Augustana Vocal Ensemble (AVE), the professional vocal quartet for Augustana Lutheran Church. He Is also a twenty-seven-year veteran of the Opera Colorado chorus, and sang for twenty-one years with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Keith has also performed solo roles in several Opera Colorado productions, including Gianni Schicci, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, The Barber of Seville and Don Pasquale. In addition, Keith has performed regionally in staged productions of Copeland (The Tender Land), Menotti, (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Purcell (Dido & Aeneas). His solo concert repertoire includes both Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiems, Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He performed in the 2004 regional premier of Tan Dun’s Water Passion, conducted by the composer. Since 1995, Keith had performed for more than twenty seasons in a Madrigal Dinner production, in which he portrayed the Lord of the manor. Keith has also performed Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Menotti’s The Telephone, and Purcell’s La Serva Padrona with the Walden Chamber Music Society of Colorado. In July of 2019, Keith was a chorister for Bravo! Vail’s first fully staged performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, with an international cast and the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Keith has a degree in Nursery and Landscape Management from CSU and works for Little Valley Wholesale Nursery in Brighton, Colorado.


Tim Garrington

Tim Garrington has enjoyed playing piano, harpsichord, and organ most of his life. He started accompanying choirs when he was 14 by playing 100% Chance of Rain, the story of Noah. He accompanied the Augustana Choir on three European tours and was the keyboardist for the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra at Augustana for almost two decades. He has performed multiple works including J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 and Claude Bolling’s Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio.  He enjoys sharing his love of music in support of the music and youth ministries at Augustana.

Kent Mueller

Kent Mueller is a lifelong Lutheran born, baptized, and brought up in Longmont, Colorado. After three years learning the trumpet, he realized that he wasn’t a trumpet player and took up the cello in the eighth grade. He serves as the Assistant Director of the Augustana Ringers handbell choir, he sings in the Chancel Choir, and he occasionally plays cello for worship. He is an ELCA pastor on the retired roster.

Marcia Olson

Marcia Olson directs the Cherub Choir. An active member in Chancel Choir and Augustana Ringers, she enjoys working with children. Marcia is retired as Vice Principal at Mracek Middle School in Aurora, Colorado.

Sharon L. Schillereff

sharon-1Sharon L. Schillereff is a Colorado native and currently resides in Wheat Ridge. Sharon works as a paralegal in downtown Denver. An active participant in Augustana’s Music Ministry, Sharon assists and accompanies the Choristers Choir, teaches Recorders, sings in Chancel Choir, and rings in Augustana Ringers.