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    Thank you for Supporting Encore Creativity for Older Adults!  Encore is a non-profit organization that has brought joy to many Read More
  • Sign Up NOW for Encore Rocks! +

      After a very successful "trial run" this fall, ENCORE ROCKS is ready to roll!  If you love to sing Read More
  • Register Now for Encore Choral Institute at Chautauqua! +

    For the 9th year in a row, Encore is offering two five-day Choral Institutes this summer. Whether you have sung Read More
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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.

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Register Now for Encore Choral Institute at Chautauqua!

For the 9th year in a row, Encore is 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. The first, at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland is underway and will conclude on Friday, August 22nd (see details in article above). Next up, Chautuauqua!


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!


Rock on with Encore!

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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!

Another Great Concert Season!

AAKEL 6941-1Our Encore Chorale singers truly wowed their audiences with their spring concerts.   Everyone loved performing and hearing the marvelous repertoire.  The singers sang with energy,  excellent choral blend, great diction and they looked truly engaged.   It was a fabulous way to end 15 weeks of very very hard work!

AND...our new ENCORE ROCKS choruses in DC and Glen Echo really rolled with two well-attended concerts!

Concert photos and videos are on the GALLERY page of the web site (more still to come). Have fun viewing!!




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

5419 Deale Churchton Road #102

Churchton, MD 20733


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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!