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      After a very successful "trial run" this fall, ENCORE ROCKS is ready to roll!  If you love to sing Read More
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Rock with Encore This Fall

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ENCORE ROCKS is taking off! Join us this Fall at any of our 5 locations - including 3 new locations!

NEW! ENCORE ROCKS Alexandria - Convergence in Alexandria - Wednesdays from 11:00-12:30pm

NEW! ENCORE ROCKS Annapolis - Maryland Hall for Performing Arts in Annapolis, MD - Tuesdays from 10:30-12:00pm

ENCORE ROCKS DC - at First Congregational UCC in Washington, DC - Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm

ENCORE ROCKS Glen Echo - at Glen Echo Park in Bethesda, MD - Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm

NEW! ENCORE ROCKS Reston - St. Anne's Episcopal Church - Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm

Registration for the Alexandria, DC, and Reston locations is open now - click here for the registration links - and Annapolis and Glen Echo will open over the Summer. Join us and rock out!

Sing with Encore This Fall!

KEL 1210-1Encore is the largest choral singing program for older adults in the country - and we invite you to join us this Fall as we prepare for exciting holiday concert performances.

With 20 chorales in the Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC area, there is surely a chorale near you. Our fifteen Encore Chorale programs will rehearse for 15 weeks and present choral concerts in December featuring classical and traditional holiday and seasonal music. The ENCORE ROCKS program will be offered at five locations - in Washington DC, Bethesda, Annapolis, Reston and Alexandria - also for 15 weeks with concerts in December.  

Encore also has affiliated chorales across the country and their locations and program details are available on the "Locations" tab on the website.

Encore provides artistic excellence, physical and mental benefits and the chance to socialize with people who love music. Give us a try!

Click READ MORE to See the full listing of all chorales, registration links, schedule and locations.

Read more: Sing with Encore This Fall!

Encore Rocks AACC!

Encore Rocks Logo3With two ENCORE ROCKS Chorales already underway,  ENCORE ROCKS AACC is ready to roll!  If you love to sing the music of the fifties, sixties and seventies, you'll love ENCORE ROCKS AACC, Encore's Rock n Roll Chorus!  Come and sing the songs you grew up with.  ENCORE ROCKS will be coming to Anne Arundel Community College for an introductory three week / six rehearsals semester beginning June 7, 2016.

Jeff Dokken, our very talented and youthful Encore conductor, will be directing this ENCORE ROCKS program.

Registration for Encore Rocks at AACC opened on Tuesday, March 1st. The course number to register for is LFS 337 301 and the class runs for 6 sessions on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1-2:30 from June 7th-23rd. The cost is $69.00. REGISTER ONLINE HERE.


With a Song In My Heart - Encore Spring Concert Schedule

Enjoy an Encore Concert this Spring!


After fifteen weeks of intensive rehearsals, the 18 Encore Chorales and ENCORE ROCKS choruses in the Washington DC/Baltimore area will be ready to take to the stage! With concerts scheduled in April and May 2016, there's bound to be a time or location convenient to you! All concerts are free and open to the public, except those noted for residents only. 

There is certainly something for everyone in our Spring repertoires. The new ENCORE ROCKS DC AND ENCORE ROCKS GLEN ECHO choruses will perform together on May 5th with a live band. You can expect rousing performances of "oldies" like Rock Around the Clock, Sh-Boom, and a medley of 50's hits, as well as "classic rock" like Stairway to Heaven and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and pop hit, Burning Love. It's going to be an exciting evening with more than 100 singers on stage. Mark your calendar!

Not to be outdone, Encore Chorales will come together to perform 14 concerts throughout the DC/Baltimore area. Among the pieces being performed will be a medley of Hoagy Carmichael music, including Georgia on My Mind, Lazy River and the enduring Star Dust. You'll certainly enjoy "In Love with Rodgers and Hart" which features classics like My Funny Valentine, Falling in Love with Love, and With a Song in My Heart. For Broadway lovers, a medley from Guys and Dolls will get your toe tapping as you enjoy Luck Be a Lady, A Bushel and a Peck, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat and other hits from this timeless musical. Expect an audience sing-along -- and more!

The calendar of concerts (with links to download concert information flyers) is available by clicking the Read More link. 

Read more: With a Song In My Heart - Encore Spring Concert Schedule

Register Now for Encore Summer Choral Institutes

For the 9th 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 days they will mold the group into a polished choral ensemble, ready to perform! New this year, a rehearsal CD will be provided to all participants in advance of the program to help you prepare for the program. 


Our Maryland Choral Institute will return in July to the beautiful campus of Washington College in historic Chestertown, Maryland. The Choral Institute will be held July 18-22, 2016. Click here to download the program brochure and registration form with details and pricing information.  Your day includes two rehearsals, optional vocal technique/music theory classes, yoga or movement class, and nightly entertainment by performers of regional and national acclaim. The Cantori Women's Chorus will perform on Monday evening, July 18, in the Gibson Center offering a cabaret show entitled "Sentimental Journey" to include hits by Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and others whose music boosted spirits and lifted hearts during the World War years. The John Starr Quartet will perform on Tuesday evening and a piano concert on Thursday, July 21 by Stef Scaggiari will include classical and jazz selections that will bridge the gap between classical European music, American Jazz, and popular song. The community is welcome to attend all of the concerts during the week, including the finale concert by the program participants on Friday afternoon at 2pm in the Decker Concert Hall. Click here to view the tentative daily schedule.

If paying by check, please download the form linked above and submit with your payment by mail. If paying by credit card, please register online here.  The deadline to register is June 15.


Encore returns to the famed Chautauqua Institution in NY from August 28 - September 2, 2016. Participants stay at the historic Athenaeum Hotel overlooking beautiful Chautauqua Lake. All meals are included for those staying at the hotel. The adjusted fee for singers who live locally includes lunch each day at the Hotel as well as the first night and last night dinners. Click here to download the program brochure and registration form with details and pricing information. If paying by check, please download the form and submit with your check by mail. If paying by credit card, please register online here.

Although the music is different for each choral institute, the daily schedule of activities is pretty similar. Click here to view the tentative schedule for the choral institute at Chautauqua.  Entertainment is arranged each evening and the Chautauqua community is also invited to attend.

Due to the popularity of bus transportation from the Washington DC area to Chautauqua in 2015, Encore will offer round-trip bus service again this year as an optional add-on to registration. You may indicate your interest on your registration form and pay by check, or you may pay by credit card online here. Bus payment is non-refundable and due at the time of registration. Encore does reserve the option of cancelling the bus if signups do not cover the bus costs by June 1, and, if so, refunds will be provided. 

The cancellation policy for the summer programs can be viewed here.

join us this summer for a wonderful week...or two... of song!

Encore Comes to Chicago!

JMHeadshotReducedJonathan Miller, known to DC area Encore Chorales as the composer of Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus, is spearheading a drive to open several Encore Chorales in the Chicago area. The first two began rehearsals in April, with another to follow in June, and yet another in September. More are in the works. Details here.

Jonathan is known for bringing his infectious enthusiasm and love for choral singing to professional and volunteer choruses alike. He continues to delight Chicago-area audiences as artistic director of Chicago a cappella, which he founded in 1993. His conducting credits include the church choir at Unity Temple in Oak Park and Heritage Chorale, as well as years of studio work and guest appearances at clinics and festivals. Well known for his expertise in Jewish choral music, he served Congregation Rodfei Zedek as high-holiday choir director for 12 years and now serves there as high-holiday cantor; he has been on faculty at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and Scholar-in-Residence at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park.

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Contribute to Encore!

Thank you for Supporting Encore Creativity for Older Adults! 

aKEL 0956-1Encore 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 visibility and quality venues

You TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation, regardless of amount, will make a difference. There are many ways to make a donation to Encore - direct cash/credit, IRA Charitable Rollover, Stock, and more. Please review the information below to determine the method for you.

Thank you for helping bring professionally directed arts programs to our older adults. The Encore Federal EIN number is 30-0420278.


Please consider the following levels of support. Note that gifts are cumulative annually for each level of support.

Giving Levels

Sponsor ($1000+)
Sustainer ($500 - $999)
Patron ($150 - $499)
Supporter ($75 - $149)
Friend ($1 - $74)

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


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About Encore

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Encore is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Encore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.

All Encore programs are conducted by professional artists who will know how to get the most from their members. So come join the excitement, either as a beginner or at an advanced level. This is an excellent way to learn how to develop or improve your musical abilities, meet new friends, and look forward to an exciting performance schedule.

You’re never too old to try something new—and have the time of your life!

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As of April 2016, Encore has seventeen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD area, and eight Affiliate Chorales at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Northeast Iowa School of Music, Dubuque, IA; Littleton and Highlands Ranch, CO; Santa Clarita, CA; and two in the Chicago area. Coming in June, a third Chorale will begin in Chicago, and Encore's third ENCORE ROCKS Chorus will open near Annapolis, MD. With over 1,200 singers, we believe we are the largest choral organization in the U.S.!

If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have never sung outside the shower, join our other music enthusiasts for weekly instructional class/rehearsals with our seasoned and professional conductors.

The Chorale classes, designed for adults 55 years and above, are educational as well as enjoyable. Participants learn proper breathing techniques and how to improve their voice through correct tone production as their conductor guides them through weekly rehearsals in three- and four-part singing. The season concludes with combined performances with other Chorales as well as local concerts at most Chorale locations.

Be a part of a true harmonic convergence-if you can talk, you can sing!