Denver Area Locations: Highlands Ranch and South Suburban (Littleton)
Highlands Ranch Encore Chorale
Weekly Rehearsals begin February 14th - 10:30 - 12:15 on Fridays at the Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch, CO, 80130
South Suburban Encore Chorale
Weekly Rehearsals begin February 10th - 1:00 - 2:45 pm on Mondays at the Douglas H. Buck Community Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO, 80120
Brian Leatherman, Co-Founder - Artistic Director and Conductor
BRIAN PATRICK LEATHERMAN leads a multifaceted life as conductor, teacher, singer, and clinician. He is in his 25th 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.
Cindy Runkel, Co-Founder - 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.
Ms. Runkel serves as both Principal Accompanist and Executive Director for one of Colorado’s largest adult community choruses, the Cherry Creek Chorale. She has appeared in the Denver area with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, and the Lone Tree Symphony, has performed for a wide variety of public and private events and has served as accompanist for Chorus of the Rockies, a Road Scholar / Elderhostel, Inc. experiential choral program for seniors.