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    "...The Les Miserables medley was flawless. But best of all, every face reflected such enthusiasm and an 'all-in' feeling. Undoubtedly, Read More
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Langston Brown Encore Chorale in Arlington Hosts Open House

Encore VA-20141213-013-1Prospective singers living in and around Arlington VA are invited to a free Open House to learn more about the Encore Chorale at Langston Brown Senior Center on Tuesday, August 25 from 2-3pm. Jeanne Kelly, Encore Chorale founder and conductor of the Langston Brown Encore Chorale, will introduce the program and lead participants in vocal and physical warmups followed by a preview of the Fall repertoire of seasonal music. Encore has no auditions and singers may be seated for rehearsals and performances. Come learn more about the program and give it a try. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you there!

RSVP for Columbia Encore Chorale Open House

OwenBrowncenterHoward County residents --- join us for an introduction to the wonderful world of Encore! The new Columbia Encore Chorale will offer a free Open House on Monday, August 17, 2015 from 10:30-11:3am at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center located at 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.

Registration for the Open House is requested - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jeanne Kelly, founder and Executive Director of Encore, will host the Open House and give you a brief history of Encore. Choral director Stephen Harouff will then lead participants in physical and vocal warm-up exercises, preview the Fall repertoire of holidays and seasonal music that will be rehearsed over the 15 week session that starts August 31, and will get the group singing.

This is a great opportunity to "try out" the chorale and learn more about the Encore Chorale program before rehearsals start. More information about the chorale can be found here.

Join us!

Join us at the Ballpark - with Encore Singing

NatsvOriolesJoin your Encore friends for an exciting evening at the ballpark on Monday, September 21st when 40 members of the Smithsonian Encore Chorale sing the National Anthem in advance of the game. It's the Nats vs O's, so you know it's going to be a big crowd. The singers will be seated in Section 232 for the game, so shoot for that area when purchasing tickets if you'd like to be near the Encore group. Our thanks to the Smithsonian Associates for facilitating this opportunity for Encore.

Encore Chorale of Frederick Open House

DebphotoEncore founder Jeanne Kelly and Deborah IntVeldt (pictured here), conductor for the new Encore Chorale of Frederick MD, will hold a free Open House for prospective chorale members on Thursday, August 20 from 10:30-11:30am at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick, located at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick MD. Registration for the Open House is requested - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ms. Kelly will host the Open House and provide interested singers with the background of Encore Chorale and the many benefits of choral singing. Choral director Deborah IntVeldt will then lead the singers in physical and vocal warm-up exercises and preview the Fall repertoire of holidays and seasonal music that will be rehearsed over the 15 week session that starts September 10. This is a great opportunity to "try out" the chorale and learn more about the Encore Chorale program before rehearsals start in September. More information about the chorale can be found here.

Join us!

Encore Singers Shine at Washington College "Summer Camp"

WCGroupPhoto2015webThe Encore Chorale Institute at Washington College drew 68 singers from the region and Florida for an exciting and productive five days of rehearsing challenging choral music, learning body movement to strengthen us,  attending vocal technique classes to improve our voices, attending remarkable evening concerts performed by professional artists, meeting new friends and performing a memorable and excellent grand finale concert. The singers enjoyed the rigorous daily schedule and the opportunity to re-visit dorm life. They certainly did have fun! The singers enjoyed rehearsing with Encore conductors Stephen Harouff, conductor of the Towson and Columbia Encore Chorales, Jeanne Kelly, Encore Founder and Artistic Director, and Krystal McCoy, Southern Maryland Encore Chorale conductor.

Read more: Encore Singers Shine at Washington College "Summer Camp"

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If you love the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and U2, and you love to sing, you are in for a treat!  Encore is introducing our first-ever Rock n Roll Chorus!  Our  ENCORE ROCKS Chorus will be begin Thursday October 8  at 6:45pm at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Street, SW,  Washington, DC.   Encore and The Smithsonian are excited to bring this Rock n Roll Chorus to older adults 55+.  And we all know older adults know how to rock!  Jeff Dokken, our very talented and youthful Encore conductor, will be directing.  The repertoire is still being finalized, but you can expect the Best of the Beach Boys including I get Around, In My Room,  California Girls and Fun Fun FunYesterday by the Beatles, Beautiful Day  by U2, It's Only Rock and Roll by the Rolling Stones, and Proud Mary by CCR.  Singers will rehearse this four part harmony music for six weeks and then perform a mini concert for family and friends. 

This program will entertain challenge and educate singers of all abilities and skill levels.  ENCORE ROCKS promises to be a big hit so don’t delay! Registration will be through the Smithsonian Associates Program and will open on July 15th. Tuition is $108 for Smithsonian members; $148 for non-members.  More info, including a link to the registration site, will be provided here, as available.  ROCK ON!

Sing with Encore this Fall!

KEL 0511-1"...The Les Miserables medley was flawless. But best of all, every face reflected such enthusiasm and an 'all-in' feeling. Undoubtedly, that made everything work together beautifully. Jeanne Kelly is clearly a gifted director. And also a fine pianist."
-from an email sent to one of our Encore singers by a friend who attended a concert

"...These two semesters have been beyond my wildest expectation. The last nine months have been more in-depth than I've known before. Stephen Harouff has led us to performance levels we'd not previously been capable of. His direction is precise, eliciting a level of ensemble singing that brought us to a new height."
-from a Towson Encore Chorale singer

"So when I joined the evening Smithsonian chorale last September, I was excited. I had not sung since high school but had always fantasized about singing with a group, particularly some of the music I love (Broadway and the American Songbook). It was a particularly challenging and demanding time for me at work, and sometimes, I just did not think I could rally to get on Metro and get to rehearsal. But, I realized very quickly that once I was there, the work demands faded away and I could only focus on what we were learning. Learning the music, attending to your direction, Jeff, and singing were all consuming. At the end of each rehearsal, I felt energized and happy. Now, the morning after last night's concert, I am absolutely astounded at how you and Jeanne take a group and prepare us to perform as well as we did last night. It was enormously exciting."
-from a Smithsonian PM Encore Chorale singer

The reviews are in! According to concert attendees and singers themselves, Encore Chorale continues to deliver a high caliber musical program that challenges and delights. We welcome new singers for the Fall season - join us!

With 17 chorales in the Baltimore-Washington DC area, there is surely a chorale near you. Encore is the nation's largest choral program for older adults with more than 700 singers, ages 55+. Encore also has five affiliate chorales in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; Dubuque, IA and Highlands Ranch/Denver, CO. 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. Give us a try!

Encore Chorales are open to all who love to rehearse and perform four part choral music. No prior experience is necessary, there are no auditions, and singers may be seated for rehearsals and concerts. 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 College Cultural Arts Center. 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; Towson Encore Chorale is conducted by Stephen Harouff; The Encore Chorale of Reston is conducted by David Lang; the new Encore Chorale of Frederick is directed by Deborah IntVeldt; and the Alexandria, Smithsonian evening program, and new "Encore Rocks" program are conducted by Jeffrey Dokken. Jeanne Kelly and Jeffrey Dokken share conducting duties at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park.
Registraton will be open for all chorales except Reston by June 30. To see the full listing of all chorales and links to additional information, click on READ MORE below. 
Encore Winter/Spring Schedule Details
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
Please contact Encore at 301-261-5747 
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Click READ MORE to See the Full listing of all Chorales, registration links, schedule and locations.

Another Successful Concert Season!

KEL 0478-1Our Spring 2015 Encore Chorale season came to a spectacular close on Sunday, May 17th with a rousing concert at the Montgomery Arts Center. Our 730 singers performed twelve fabulous concerts throughout the Washington/Baltimore area to overflowing and enthusiastic audiences.  

The singers sang with a beautifully blended choral sound, their musicianship was solid, they were extremely attentive to their conductors, and they sang with tremendous expression and passion.  Creativity and Aging at it’s very best!

Their repertoire performed included Come Follow the Band from “Barnum”by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart,  A Cole Porter Portrait, Showboat Medley with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, and Les Miserables with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.


Sing with Encore This Summer!

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This is the 8th year that Encore has offered "summer camp for singers" and we're looking forward to our return to two wonderful venues to dive deep into a challenging and exciting choral repertoire amidst beautiful surroundings. 

Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland June 14-18, 2015 - Registration closed.

Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York August 30 - September 4, 2015.

Encore returns for the 8th year to the famed Chautauqua Institution and we look forward to enjoying the beautiful campus, the charm of the Athenaeum Hotel, and singing a diverse repertoire that will enchant and challenge. The program fee is all inclusive to include hotel accommodations, all meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch), all program fees, and evening entertainment. Guests are welcome to attend and there are many activities in the area to entertain your non-singing guest. Two rehearsals each day, along with optional movement and vocal technique classes will fill your day, but still leave time to enjoy the surroundings and all that Chautauqua has to offer. Commuters are welcome and that registration fee includes lunch daily, our opening and closing dinners, and all program fees. Evening concerts/recitals will delight, and the broad hotel porch facing the lake is the perfect spot to finish the evening. If you have never experienced Chautauqua, now is the time! Join us after the crowds have dwindled and the weather still lovely for a week of full immersion choral singing and a finale concert you will always remember. 

The SATB repertoire is exciting and challenging and includes Clap Yo' Hands by George and Ira Gershwin, Freedom Train by Linda Spevacek, Sure on This Shining Night by Samuel Barber, A Summer Night, And You and Paradise by Garrison Keillor and Benjamin Kornelis, and a wonderful medley from My Fair Lady.

Participants living in the Baltimore/Washington DC area may opt to travel to and from Chautauqua via an Encore-chartered motor coach bus. Pickup will be in Falls Church, VA and in Silver Spring MD on Sunday morning, September 30 with return to the same locations on Friday evening, September 4. Cost is $180 roundtrip per person. Seats are limited and bus payment is due upon registration and is non-refundable. Make it easy on yourself and ride with us!

Click here to download the brochure and the registration form for the Summer Choral Institute at the Chautauqua Institution. Online registration using a credit card is available here.

The cancellation policy for the programs can be viewed here.


Registration open for Singing at Sea 2016 - French and Italian Riviera

Cinque TerreJoin fellow Encore singers and guests on a fabulous 15 day land and sea adventure exploring the French and Italian Rivieras and the islands of Corsica and Elba. Click here to download a copy of the trip brochure. 

We start in Cannes and spend three days exploring the city and surrounding area. Then we're off on a luxury cruise ship for 7 days visiting the islands as well as stops to explore Nice, Portofino, and the Cinque Terre. We'll end our cruise in Livorno and travel to Florence for three days of full immersion in the art and culture of Tuscany. Performances will be incorporated into the trip and will be announced closer to the depature date.

This trip is limited to 50 people due to the size of the ship. Please review the trip brochure and make your deposit now to ensure your spot on the trip. Call Grand Circle directly at 1-800-597-2452, select option 2. Mention the Encore Service Code G6-23919 when you call to select our trip. Reservations can be made with a deposit of $500 and discounts are available for those who pay in full well in advance of the trip date. At this time, reservations are restricted to current Encore singers and guest sharing their room. Given the limited number of single rooms, we will work with solo travelers to pair them up with other participants.


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 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. The Encore Federal EIN number is 30-0420278.

Giving Levels

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)
Sponsor ($1000+)

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 September, 2015, Encore will have seventeen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD area, and six Affiliate Chorales at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; Northeast Iowa School of Music, Dubuque, IA; Denver, CO; and Los Angeles, CA. We expect to be over 1,000 singers strong!

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!