2018-2019 Concert Series

Upcoming Concert: Of Strange Lands and Peoples

Sunday March 10, 2019, (Snow Date March 17) 3PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Confluence will perform music from Africa, Spain, Hungary, First People’s culture from Canada, and other interesting places. Marsh Barnett will also play the Schumann piece from which we take the concert title.

Upcoming Concert: A Confluence Bestiary

Sunday May 5, 3 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

The concert idea comes from a Victorian Alphabet book using animals to illustrate each letter. Confluence plans to have some fun with Alphabetical Animals in the music for this concert.

Confluence Choir

Confluence is starting a new decade together after celebrating ten years of making music together last season! The members of Confluence are grateful to our fans, collaborators, contributors, and especially volunteers who have given so much of their time, energy and resources over the years. We would not have made our first milestone of ten years without you. Confluence Conductor and Artistic Director, Allison Olsson, is incredibly grateful to the amazingly talented and supportive singers who have given their all for the past ten years. She feels very fortunate still to have several of the founding members in the choir! Allison is also grateful to her splendid family, who have done everything in their power to support her dream of a choir like Confluence.

Confluence was formed in the fall of 2006 by Allison Olsson and several singers with a similar vision. Their idea was a small choir with no more than 20 singers, which would sing an eclectic variety of challenging music truly excellently. All the members of the choir share that common goal. During the past few years, Confluence has realized a passion for performing the work of living composers, particularly American composers. In 2007-2008 Confluence performed their first full season of concerts.

In early 2010, Confluence was fortunate to commission a piece and work with talented church musician and composer, Richard Kenneth Fitzgerald. They brought him to Colorado to conduct the world premiere of the commissioned piece, Let Beauty Awake, as well as Alleluia, and Hearts and Voices Heavenward Raise. 2014 marked another exciting premier of the Confluence commissioned piece, When God Lets My Body Be, by the noted composer Jan Krzywicki, who came to Colorado to direct the choir. In 2018 Confluence collaborated with The Spirituals Project (TSP) in a tribute concert to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

The singers in Confluence enjoy a wide range of musical styles. The group performs jazz, barbershop, multi-cultural music, Broadway show tunes, popular, rock and roll, classical, Baroque, spirituals, and modern music. Members enjoy being in an eclectic group that embraces a wide range of genres.

Confluence members include professional soloists, music teachers, Opera Colorado singers, barbershop singers, and many who sing with other groups as well. There is a unique strength in combining people with diverse backgrounds into one group. The members and director all share a common purpose, summed up in the group’s mission statement: “Confluence exists for the joy of making excellent music in an atmosphere of nurturing, mutual support, freedom to explore, to challenge and be challenged without competition or hierarchy.”

Confluence Staff

Allison Olsson, Director of Confluence

Marsh Barnette, Assistant Director/Singer/Pianist

Confluence Singers

Marlene Bainbridge
Lindsay Bell
Luke Benoy
Gillian Harrison Cain
Linda Miller
Ken Moncrieff
Harry Olsson
Kati Oltyan
Kristin Sesko
Stony Shelton
Belinda Smiley
Ken Zinn


John Olsson
Christopher Thompson
Koffi Toudji