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The South Suburban Encore Chorale is being presented by South Suburban Parks & Recreation District, which serves more than 140,000 residents across south metropolitan Denver. The District's mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails and open space, and to provide recreational services and programs, including arts and enrichment programs for active adults.

Join us for the upcoming Winter/Spring 2017 Semester!

Informational Open House:  Monday, January 16, 2017 from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Pacific Room at the Douglas H. Buck Recreation Center in Littleton, CO

Weekly Rehearsals:  Mondays from January 30 - May 01, 2017; 1:00-2:30 pm in the Pacific Room at the Douglas H. Buck Recreation Center in Littleton, CO

Semester Tuition:  $115.00

To Register, call South Suburban Parks & Rec at 303-347-5999 or go online at

The Semester Program Fee is $115.00 for South Suburban Parks & Rec District Residents and $120.00 for Non-Residents.

For more information on the program, contact Co-Founders Brian Leatherman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cindy Runkel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Thank you! We cannot begin to thank you enough for the excellent model you have provided and for the marvelous repertoire. More than anything, you have made it easier for us to start a group like this because of all the groundbreaking work you did in DC. It has been such a joy to us, and we have derived so much on both personal and professional levels by offering these choirs here in Denver".

With love, admiration, and gratitude,

Brian and Cindy

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Brian 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.