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The Ensemble

sound circle ensemble photoThe women of Sound Circle, an a cappella women's vocal ensemble, have come together to experience the deep joy of making music and to share that joy with our audiences. Sound Circle was founded in 1994 and has performed with many local artists and in support of numerous local organizations. Committed to the creation of new music that is relevant to our lives, musically innovative, and of the highest quality, Sound Circle has commissioned many new works; developed percussion, improvisation, and movement pieces; performed original music by members of the ensemble; and created new arrangements of many works. Recent projects include Path of Beauty: Singing the Grand Canyon, a collaboration with photographer Christopher Brown; Take Me to the Moon, a concert with composer/pianist Deborah Schmit-Lobis; Requiem for Roadkill, a concert about collateral damage; Walk Me Through This One, a program intended to nourish caregivers; and a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Beth Quist. Sound Circle has released three CDs: Sound Circle, Stick Around, and their newest release, Finding the Flow. Sound Circle is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) and the Sister Singers Network.

Members of Sound Circle bring their rich life experiences to the ensemble: mothers, daughters, writers, artists, activists, therapists (psychotherapy, massage therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and music therapy), Reiki Master, voice coach, interior designer, elementary school principal, music teacher, social studies teacher, hospice nurse, hospice chaplain, homeopathic practitioner, shamanic practitioner, orchestral percussionist, software architect in pediatric clinical research, technology industry researcher, corporate events consultant, instructor in medical ethics, elder care manager, graphic designer and elementary school music teacher.

Soprano 1
Merix Gustin
Christina Richmond
Lindsey Stillinger

Soprano 2
Shelly Barnard
Debbi Larson
Celeste Niehaus
Susan Palmquist

Sue Schauffler

Alto 1
Cat Fletcher
Kay Krewson
Jeanne Mitchell
Courtney Smith
Talia Spencer

Alto 2
Megan Baker
Deb Batson
BJ Brown
Phyllis Kline
Tracy Stegall


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Artistic Director

Sue Coffee
Artistic Director

Sue Coffee is the founding Artistic Director of Resonance Women's Chorus of Boulder (2002) and Sound Circle, a women's a cappella ensemble (1994). With members of Sound Circle, she directs Unbound Voices, a chorus at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. Sue directed the Denver Gay Men's Chorus for six years. Her ensembles are known for their inventive programming, creative collaborations with other artists, and support of many local social change organizations. Her understanding of music-making is grounded in attention to authentic voice, relevance of texts, intentionality of community, and the healing potential of ensemble singing. Her ensembles are informed by their roots in the women's music community and the glbt choral movement. Sue has received the GALA Choruses Legacy Award for service to the gay and lesbian choral movement, as well as the Boulder PFLAG Community Service Award, the Boulder Daily Camera Pacesetter Award for Arts and Entertainment, and the Women Who Light the Community Award from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. Her education and training took place at St. John's College, Manhattan School of Music, Hartt School of Music, the University of Northern Colorado, and in private study with Laszlo Halasz. Boulder Daily Camera music critic Wes Blomster wrote that "Sue Coffee has the finest musical imagination in the region."

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