Seicento Baroque Ensemble
The Seicento Baroque Ensemble was founded in 2011 by First United Methodist Church’s (FUMC) former Director of Music (from 2005-2016), Evanne Browne. Seicento is the only Colorado choir specializing in the early, lesser-known music of the 1600s, a period referred to as “the Seicento.” Seicento’s singers learn about baroque performance practice and perform with instrumentalists who play on period instruments. Evanne Browne was the Artistic Director until 2016; Amanda Balestrieri is the current Artistic Director, and FUMC’s Director of Music, Gerald Holbrook, serves as Seicento’s Associate Conductor and Accompanist. FUMC is delighted to provide Seicento with rehearsal space, and we enjoy their concerts in our sanctuary each season. Visit their website at

Sphere Ensemble
13 players… 0 conductors is not just a tagline – it is what makes Sphere Ensemble “the only group like it in the Rocky Mountain region”. Sphere Ensemble is an exciting new chamber ensemble that combines the richness of the string orchestra with the intimacy of a string quartet. All without a conductor!


Rich Saxon
Many of you may have admired the breathtaking photos that have been adorning our eBlasts, our website and even our newsletters. They are all thanks to the discerning eye of Artist in Residence, Rich Saxon. Rich has been drawn to the art of photography for many years – ever since an image of Jackie Kennedy after President Kennedy’s assassination had an emotional impact on him. “I thought – that is very interesting that something like that (a photograph) can have that kind of effect on people.” Rich is happy to be a part of the AIR program at FUMC because it acknowledges him as an artist and because of the caliber of all the other AIRs. “What wonderful company I’m here with.” See Rich’s work on his website:

Barb Olson
Barb Olson is a fiber artist. “I dye and paint fabrics, then use them to make an art composition. I add layers of stitching, quilting, and at times paint or beads to enhance the work. The work hangs on the wall.” And the results are stunning. Barb has worked with various fiber crafts, such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, and quilting since her teenage years. “But in 1997 I saw my first art quilt and was totally hooked by it”. In 2000 she created an art group called Uncommon Cloth. Barb and her colleagues are grateful to be supported by FUMC. Being an AIR “means we have a space to exhibit our work that benefits the church congregation and visitors.“ Visit her online gallery at