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Become a Member of Encore in 2018

Encore has two locations in the Denver Area. Both will be holding open houses in February to allow potential newcomers to learn more about this exciting choral program for adults over the age of 55. Come join us at one of our February open houses, then sign up to sing!

South Suburban Encore Chorale  

Spring Semester Open House - Monday, February 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Weekly Rehearsals - 1:00 - 2:45 pm on Mondays from February 12 - April 30, 2018 (plus a joint Spring Concert rehearsal on Friday, May 4, 2018)

Open House and Weekly Rehearsals will be held at the Douglas H. Buck Community Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO, 80120

Highlands Ranch Encore Chorale

Spring Semester Open House - Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:30 am

Weekly Rehearsals - 10:30 - 12:15 on Fridays from February 16 - May 4, 2018

Open House and Weekly Rehearsals will be held at the Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch, CO, 80130

Combined 5280+ Chorales Spring Concert - Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO, 80126

Please join us for our Spring Extravaganza:  Do You Hear The People Sing?, an appealing and varied program of American standards, folk songs, and a blockbuster medley from Les Miserable!

Our Special Guests will be the Rocky Mountain Harmonica Club.

For additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 303-482-7077 or 720-255-1860.





Brian 3Brian Leatherman, Artistic Director and Conductor


BRIAN PATRICK LEATHERMAN leads a multifaceted life as conductor, teacher, singer, and clinician. He has just completed his 22nd Season as Artistic Director & Conductor of Denver's Cherry Creek Chorale, a thriving community chorus of 140+ members.A fully certified OrffSchulwerk teacher, Mr. Leatherman recently retired after 30 years as a vocal/general music specialist, the last 15 in Douglas County, CO schools. Students and adults under his direction have performed at the National Conference of the American OrffSchulwerk Association and the Colorado Music Educator's Association annual Clinic/Conference. He continues to be active as a choral clinician and adjudicator.


Mr. Leatherman has appeared as tenor and countertenor soloist with the San Juan Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Aurora Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Breckenridge Music Institute Chamber Orchestra, Cherry Creek Chorale, Colorado Chorale, Columbine Chorale, Colorado Repertory Singers, Larimer Chorale, Pueblo Chorale, Desert Chorale of Santa Fe, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus. He holds degrees in Music Education (B.S.M.Ed.) and Choral Conducting (M.A.) from Colorado State University and cites as his two greatest influences, Barbara Grenoble in pedagogy, and Robert Shaw in conducting.


CCC Photo for Bio 2009Cindy Runkel, Executive Director and Accompanist


CINDY RUNKEL began musical training with her father while in kindergarten, then studied piano with Elizabeth Pastor, concert pianist and faculty member at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Ashland (OH) University. Ms. Runkel served as accompanist for her award winning high school choral program and received multiple college scholarships, including a full piano scholarship to Miami University (OH). There she held various choral leadership roles, accompanied and sang in multiple ensembles, performed in two European concert tours and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.


Cindy currently serves as both Principal Accompanist and Executive Director for one of Colorado’s largest adult community choruses, the Cherry Creek Chorale. She performs professionally throughout the Denver area for a variety of public and private events, at senior living communities and churches, and has served as accompanist for Chorus of the Rockies , a Road Scholar / Elderhostel, Inc. experiential choral program for seniors.