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sound circle ensemble photoSound Circle, based in Boulder, Colorado, was founded in 1994 and has performed with many local artists, including choreographer Mary Wohl Haan, Helander Dance Theater, and the the Colorado Music Festival, and in support of numerous local organizations. Sound Circle has released two CDs, Sound Circle, and Stick Around. 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/movement pieces, performed original music by members of the ensemble, and created new arrangements of many works. Sound Circle created a performance piece in 2002-2003 titled Sound Circle: On Bodies. That show’s creation and evolution is the subject of a documentary film now in development. Sound Circle’s recordings have been used in personal and spiritual growth workshops as well as in the soundtrack of Song of Our Children, a 2005 video documentary on the inclusion of children with disabilities in educational settings. The recently published Sound Spirit: Pathway to Faith, by Don Campbell, includes performances by Sound Circle in the accompanying CD. A member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) and the Sister Singers Network, Sound Circle has performed around the United States; highlights include a 1999 performance in Carnegie Hall, and 1996, 2000, and 2004 GALA Festivals in Tampa, San Jose, and Montreal.

Members of Sound Circle bring their rich life experience to the ensemble: mothers, daughters, grandmothers, writers, artists, activists, educators, therapists (psychotherapy, massage therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and music therapy), voice coaches, social worker, senior wellness coordinator, vision quest guide, hospice nurse, shamanic practitioner, sign language interpreter, editor, computer programmer, actress, orchestral percussionist, clown, and television producer.

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
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, founding Artistic Director of Sound Circle, is also founding Artistic Director of the 125-voice Resonance Women’s Chorus. She directed the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus from 1999-2005. With Sound Circle and the Denver Gay Men's Chorus, she has performed and collaborated with other choruses across the country; her ensembles are known for their supportive collaboration with composers, performers, and other organizations locally. Sue received the 2004 GALA Choruses Legacy Award for service to the gay and lesbian choral movement, and conducted the Women’s Festival Chorus at the GALA Festival in Miami in July, 2008. She has served GALA Choruses on the Board of Directors and numerous planning and advisory committees, and has presented workshops at GALA Choruses events on topics including long-range artistic planning, mission and relevance, and musical excellence. In Boulder, she was a panelist in the Boulder County Arts Alliance’s 2007-2008 Art and Science of Creativity Series. She has received an AHAB/Neodata Artist Fellowship, a PFLAG Community Service Award, and 2004 Daily Camera Pacesetter Award.

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