The Columbine Chorale was founded in 1987 by well-known Denver-area choral conductor Richard Eichenberger as a chamber choir of 35 selected voices. The Chorale was created to provide its singers and audiences with choral music experiences of the highest quality. It is the fundamental goal of the Chorale to present performances of great choral literature in a manner that reflects the Chorale’s deep sense of commitment to the aesthetic beauty and integrity of the music itself.
The Columbine Chorale annually presents three concert pairs in the Denver Metropolitan area, and occasionally makes weekend trips to other towns and cities in Colorado. During past years, the Chorale has been heard in Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brush, Buena Vista, Burlington, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan, Lamar, Leadville, Pueblo and Salida.
The Chorale has made three European tours, including Belgium, Germany and Austria in 1990 and another in 1999 encompassing Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary. In 2003, the Chorale conducted on a highly successful 18-day concert tour which took it from St. Petersburg, Russia through Latvia, Estonia and Finland to Stockholm, Sweden.
Although primarily an a cappella ensemble, the Columbine Chorale has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in Golden. The Chorale performed in the production of Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Colorado Ballet in 2000. With the Arapahoe Philharmonic the Chorale has performed Gustav Mahler’s Symphony #2, Resurrection, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a pops concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites.
In 2012, the chorale joined with the Colorado Chorale and Littleton Symphony Orchestra to present Brahms Requiem. The same collaborators presented an all Beethoven program in May 2014.
The 303 Children’s Choir appeared as guest artists in March 2014. Columbine Chorale and the 303 Children’s Choir joined again in a concert in March 2015 entitled Ubi Caritas. This concert also featured Telefona, a new work composed for the choirs by local composer, Conor Brown.
Nondiscrimination Statement The Columbine Chorale pledges not to discriminate against any employee, volunteer or program participant on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, military status, political service, affiliation or disability. (adopted April 4, 2016)
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The Columbine Chorale was created for the express purpose of providing its singers and its audiences with the highest possible level of quality in choral music experiences. It is the fundamental goal of the Chorale to present performances of the great choral literature of our age in such a manner that reflects the Chorale’s deep sense of commitment to the aesthetic beauty and profound integrity of the music itself. The ongoing challenge to the Chorale is to continue to expand its repertoire in order to reach as broad an audience base as possible.
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President – John Dutch Vice-President – Sarah Bencomo Treasurer – Margaret Stookesberry Secretary – Lara Cofsky Member at Large – Liz Thilo Non-singing member – Cindy Jackson Ex Officio – Brian Eichenberger