For the seventh year in a row, Encore will be offering two five-day Choral Institutes this summer. Whether you have sung your entire life, or have not sung for quite a few years—whatever your level of experience is —you will love these fun and educational “choral camps.” The instructors are patient, knowledgeable and entertaining. In five action packed days they will mold the group into a polished choral ensemble, ready to perform!
Our Maryland Choral Institute moves this year to the beautiful campus of Washington College in historic Chestertown, Maryland. The camp will be June 15th through the 19th. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to work with dynamic conductors Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Executive Director of Encore, and Krystal Rickard McCoy, conductor of the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale and St. Marie’s Musica. The repertoire for the week will include classical selections, Broadway favorites, American Songbook and more.
Registration is now open through May 15th. You may register as a boarder or commuter. Download a detailed brochure and registration form here. You may also register and pay online here.
Encore returns to the famed Chautauqua Institution August 24th - 29th. Co-conductors will be Jeanne Kelly and Jeffrey Dokken, Encore conductor, music director of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and Chorale, and musical director and composer-in-residence for Kaiser Permanente. Jeff also conducts the Alexandria and Leisure World Encore Chorales.
Registration deadline is July 30, 2014. Detailed brochure and registration form may be downloaded here. Register and pay online here.
All Encore Chorales perform concerts in high visibility locations.
Calling anyone who has not sung for years or those who have sung their entire life! Encore Chorale is pleased to announce our Winter/Spring schedule, starting January 8, 2014. The repertoire will be wonderful and rehearsal CDs will be available to help you learn your part. Free community concerts, where various Encore Chorales join forces, are planned for May, including - for those who have signed up - concerts in Europe on our Danube River Cruise.
Encore is the nation's largest choral program for older adults with fourteen Encore Chorales in the DC/VA/MD area, serving over 650 singers, ages 55+. Encore also has four affiliate chorales in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Sarasota, FL. For more details regarding each of our chorales, look under "Locations" on this web site. Encore provides artistic excellence, physical and mental benefits and the chance to socialize with people who love music. Encore would love to have you sing with us. Give us a try!
Encore Chorales are open to all who love to rehearse and perform four part choral music. Many of Encore's existing singers throughout the Washington/Baltimore area had never sung before, have sung their entire life or are coming back to what they love…..singing! Singers rehearse weekly for fifteen weeks and then perform free community concerts in high profile venues such as the Kennedy Center (annual holiday concert) and the Montgomery Arts Center. Music for the Winter/Spring program will be in preparation for the May concerts - detailed schedule to be announced. Many of the Chorales are under the direction of Encore's Executive Director, Jeanne Kelly. The Southern Maryland/Asbury~Solomons Chorale is directed by Krystal Rickard McCoy; Asbury Methodist Village is conducted by Robert Johnson; Leisure World of Virginia and Alexandria are conducted by Jeffrey Dokken.
Note that new singers must join before week 4 of the choral season. There is no class fee proration for late registrants. Refunds are not provided to singers who withdraw from a session after week 3.
Register for Smithsonian, Glen Echo, Langston and AACC on their websites as linked and Myerberg at the Center. Registration for Alexandria, Potomac, Schweinhaut, Leisure World, Asbury Methodist Village and Southern Maryland can be completed at your first rehearsal with payment by check.
Encore Winter/Spring Schedule Details
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
Please contact Encore at 301-261-5747
Click READ MORE to see details of Chorales schedule
Read more: Encore Chorale Winter-Spring 2014 Schedule
Encore Chorale concluded the holiday concert season with a memorable performance on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Monday evening, December 23rd. A video of the performance is now available on the Kennedy Center web site.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PERFORMANCE.
OTHER CONCERT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS HERE (SOME NOT POSTED YET - COMING SOON)
The Encore Chorale 2013 Holiday Concert season- "Fa La La Fantasy" - opened magnificently on December 5 with a truly wonderful concert, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, Founder, at the beautiful Gordon Center Concert Hall in Owings Mills, MD. The 100 voices of the Encore Chorales of Anne Arundel Community College, Myerberg Senior Center and Greater Reading, PA, joined forces to present an exciting and impressive concert for a large and appreciative audience. The fabulous hall allowed the 100 voices to sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – rich in sound with an excellent blend. Their voices were well focused and every word could be understood. The singers sang with energy and personality. The concert started off with the well know tune It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - a trademark holiday piece for Encore. When the last chord ended, there were audible sounds of thanks from the audience. Fa La La Fantasy arranged by Earlene Rentz followed with precision and boundless energy. A showstopper was Do You Hear What I Hear by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne, arranged by Mark Brymer. The sound was beautiful and full, with passion for the text. The hauntingly beautiful The Winter’s Night was delivered with gentleness and beauty. The concert picked up pace with the very fun performance of Ocho Kandelikas by Flory Jagoda. It was very appropriate for the eighth night of Chanukah. In this work, Flory Jagoda, who received a lifetime award from the National Heritage Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts, revives the exciting memories of Chanukah from her childhood in Yugoslavia. She has spent her entire life keeping the Ladino music alive.
Read more: Holiday Concert Blog
Thank you for Supporting Encore Creativity for Older Adults!
Encore is a non-profit organization that has brought joy to many in the Baltimore-Washington area and across the nation. With your help, we can:
- Strengthen our existing programs and maintain low fees
- Fund the staff and professional conductors needed to sustain programs
- Continue to provide program scholarships
- Provide FREE community concerts at the conclusion of each season in high visibiblity and quality venues
You TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation, regardless of amount, will make a difference. Thank you for helping bring professionally directed arts programs to our older adults.
Please consider the following levels of support. Note that gifts are cumulative annually for each level of support.
|Friend ($1 - $99)
| Supporter ($100 - $199)
|Patron ($200 - $499)
|Sustainer ($500 - $999)
You may contribute online via PayPal (click the "Donate" button below) or send your check to:
Encore Creativity for Older Adults
6208 West Shore Drive
Tracys Landing, MD 20779
Join Encore for another wonderful “Singing at Sea” voyage May 21-June 2, 2014 enjoying the spectacular and historic cities along the Danube. The 12-day trip starts with 3 days at a first-class hotel in Budapest and then continues with an 8-day cruise aboard the private, luxurious Grand Circle river ship, Harmony. The river voyage starts in Budapest and includes visits to Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Salzburg, and Passau, and concludes in Prague. Tours of each city are included in our package, as well as special Discovery Series events that will include guest speakers on subjects like Austrian history, as well as an Apfelstrudel baking lesson, and a home-hosted visit in Prague. Our musical itinerary includes two performances, including one in Vienna. This is certain to be a once in a lifetime experience and we anticipate a sold-out ship, so please don’t delay in making your reservations.
Read more: Sing on the Danube May 2014!
Travel with Encore to Cuba in January 2015! We will center our journey around three Cuban cities: the bustling capital of Havana (5 nights), including both 3 nights in the historic Old Town and 2 nights in the vibrant, downtown Vedado neighborhood; the harbor town of Cienfuegos (2 nights), center of Cuba’s sugar, coffee, and tobacco trades; and the colonial gem of Trinidad (3 nights), where cobbled streets, pastel-colored houses, and elegant plazas evoke Cuba’s glory days.
Throughout our journey, we will focus on meaningful cultural exchange (including performing concerts!) with the people of Cuba—who you’ll find to be warm, welcoming, and eager to interact with Americans. It’s a rare, authentic view of daily life in Cuba today.
As Americans, the mystique surrounding Cuba has been ingrained in our psyche for decades. Now, we finally have a chance to break down the cultural barriers between Cuba and the U.S.—at a pivotal moment in history for the people of Cuba, who are in the midst of major government reforms. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has granted a license to the Grand Circle Foundation to offer People-to-People exchange programs to Cuba. As Encore has established an excellent relationship with Grand Circle, this opportunity has been extended to us. We anticipate two trips, the first departing on January 11, 2015 and a second departure date yet to be determined, but also early in 2015.
These trips will be limited to 18 people and are expected to sell out quickly. Please note, due to the limited number and our commitment to sing concerts while we are there, you MUST be a singer to go. Download a flier with more details HERE.