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Encore Founder Jeanne Kelly Pays a Visit

L16 01191Encore's Founder and Artistic Director, Jeanne Kelly, traveled from "The Mother Ship" in the Washington, DC area to spend time with the South Suburban and Highlands Ranch Encore Chorales.  On Friday, March 2, 2018, she attended a combine rehearsal of the two chorales in Highlands Ranch.  She led them in rehearsing the Les Miserables Medley they are preparing for their spring concert and was very impressed by what she heard.  She commended Brian and Cindy for doing an outstanding job growing the programs and maintaining the level of professionalism that Encore strives to achieve.

On Monday, March 5th, Jeanne also attended the regularly scheduled rehearsal of the South Suburban Encore Chorale - another enjoyable and satisfying experience.




Become a Member of Encore in 2018

Encore has two locations in the Denver Area: Littleton (South Suburban) and Highlands Ranch.. Our Spring 2018 semester is underway. If you are interested in joining us, please call or 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.

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


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.