The Smithsonian Encore Chorale, a program of the Smithsonian Associates Program, surprised noon-time visitors to the Smithsonian Museum of American History with a "flash mob" performance on Wednesday, December 17th. Enjoy the video of their performance, below...
Convergence, Alexandria, Virginia
Encore Chorale’s 2014 Holiday Concert Season opened on Saturday, Dec. 6 to an enthusiastic audience at Convergence in Alexandria, VA. Convergence is the new home of the Alexandria Encore Chorale. Our concert goers braved wind and lots of rain, but they were rewarded with wonderful and energetic singing. Jeff Dokken conducted the Encore Chorales of Alexandria and the Potomac Academy of George Mason University. The evening got off to a very quick start with the memorized Thirty Second Fa La La by Donald Moore. A great and inviting selection to begin the evening. The singers were joined by bongo player Mike Winter to perform a rousing Cantar! by Jay Althouse. The energy level was high and the singers were having a great time on stage. And so was the audience. The African Noel by Andre Thomas followed, with Mike Winter on the conga drum. The singers and percussion drove the rhythm and the dynamic levels were clearly executed. The singers slowed the tempo of the concert with a beautiful performance of Christmas Pipes by Brendan Graham. Their legato sound with excellent diction was enhanced by the lovely and artistic flute playing by Sharyn Byer. The chorale brought great energy, pulsing rhythm and excellent flute obligato to the traditional English Carol, I Saw Three Ships, by Philip Stopford. The concert continued with a passionate and beautiful performance of Everlasting Light by David Shire and words by Sheldon Harnick. The piece celebrates Hanukkah, the festival of lights and the revolution against religious oppression.
The text of John Rutter’s The Very Best Time of Year was beautifully and sincerely delivered, along with the lovely flute obligato. The voices were rich and warm and attention to consonants was admirable.
The very entertaining Mozart’s Fa-La-La, with music by WA Mozart and arranged by Philip Kern, was sung with great sound, pulsing rhythm, comedy and energy. It is a choral spoof on Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the audience loved it. The singers had a ball!
Now it was time for the audience to sing! Founder of Encore, Jeanne Kelly, and conductor Jeff Dokken warmed the audience up with physical and vocal exercises and then it was time to put the audience to the test. They were fabulous singers! They enjoyed singing White Christmas, Let It Snow, Deck The Halls, Oh Hanukkah, and Silver Bells. The Encore Chorale came out into the audience and a great time was had by all.
The concert came to a rousing close with the superbly sung Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
Encore’s first concert of the holiday season was a huge success.
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Read more: Holiday Concert Blog
Mark Your Calendar and Join Us for a Fantastic Encore Holiday Concert!
Virginia Chorales will perform at Washington-Lee HS
After fifteen weeks of intensive rehearsals, our Encore Chorales will take to the stage in December and provide attendees with a diverse and exciting holiday concert experience! Our large public concerts generally have 120+ singers on stage and a full house - so arrive early! All concerts are free and open to the public except those noted. Come for a wonderful afternoon or evening of great music!
|Saturday, Dec 6
||Convergence, Alexandria, VA
||Alexandria Encore Chorale
|Saturday, Dec 6
||Alsace Lutheran Church, Reading, PA
||Greater Reading Encore Chorale
|Saturday, Dec 13
||Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA
||All Northern Virginia Chorales
|Saturday, Dec 13
||Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD (for residents and guests)
||Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale
|Sunday, Dec 14
||Hollywood United Methodist Church, Hollywood, MD
||Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
|Sunday, Dec 14
||South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
||Salt Lake City Encore Chorale
|Tuesday, Dec 16
||Goodwin House, Baileys Crossroads, VA (for residents only)
||Goodwin House Baileys and Langston Brown Encore Chorales
Monday, Dec 15 and Tuesday, Dec 16
|Laurel Lakes Community, Hudson OH
||Laurel Lakes Encore Chorale
|Wednesday, Dec 17
||Leisure World, Landsdowne, VA (for residents and guests only)
||Leisure World Encore Chorale
|Wednesday, Dec 17
||Asbury Solomons Community (residents only)
||Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
|Thursday Dec 18
||Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
Smithsonian Encore Chorales
|Friday, Dec 19
|| 7:30 pm
||Towson Presbyterian Church
||Towson and Anne Arundel Community College Encore Chorales
|Saturday, Dec 20
||AACC Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Arnold MD
||Anne Arundel Community College, Southern Maryland, and Towson Encore Chorales
|Sunday, Dec 21
||MC Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring MD
Asbury Methodist Village, Schweinhaut, and Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Encore Chorales
|Tuesday, Dec 23
||The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Washington DC
Combined Encore Chorales
| All are welcome
This Winter/Spring season will kick off the week of January 12, 2015. We have a wonderful repertoire planned ---we'll be singing fabulous medleys from Showboat and Les Miserables, Come Follow the Band from Barnum, and we'll sing a tribute to Cole Porter. You'll love it!
We have a new Encore chorale starting in Reston Virginia this Winter/Spring, under the direction of David Lang, who also conducts the Reston Chorale. We are very excited to offer this program starting on January 27, with rehearsals on Tuesdays from 2-3:30pm at the Hunter Woods Community Center. Registration information will be available soon and will be through the Reston Conservancy. Although open to all, tuition costs will be higher for non-Reston residents.
Of course, Encore continues to offer a broad array of chorales throughout the Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland area. Encore is the nation's largest choral program for older adults with fourteen Encore Chorales in the DC/VA/MD area, serving 700 singers, ages 55+. Encore also has four affiliate chorales in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Dubuque, IA. 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 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, and the Leisure World of Virginia, Alexandria, and Smithsonian evening program are conducted by Jeffrey Dokken. Jeanne Kelly and Jeffrey Dokken share conducting duties at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park.
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 the program after week 3.
Register for Smithsonian, Glen Echo, Langston and AACC on their websites as linked below. Registration for Alexandria, Potomac, Schweinhaut, Leisure World, Asbury Methodist Village, Towson, and Southern Maryland can be completed at your first rehearsal with payment by check or REGISTER ONLINE HERE with a credit card of Paypal
Encore Winter/Spring Schedule Details
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
DOWNLOADABLE INFORMATION FLYERS FOR EACH CHORALE WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!
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Read more: Beat the Winter Blues - Sing with Encore!
Seven community arts education leaders will be honored with the 2014 National Guild for Community Arts Education Milestone Certificate of Appreciation for their long-standing, exceptional service to the field. The goal of the Milestone program—now in its third year— is to recognize leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting and advancing community arts education for more than 20 years. Certificates will be presented during the Guild's Annual Meeting at the Conference for Community Arts Education (Los Angeles, CA) on Friday, November 21, 2014.
The recipients are:
- Glenna Avila, Director, CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Los Angeles, CA
- Jo Ellen DeVilbiss, Executive and Artistic Director, The Conservatory of Central Illinois, Champaign, IL
- Beth Dowd, Founder, Songcatchers, New Rochelle, NY
- Robert Gilson, Director, School of the Arts, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
- Jeanne Kelly, Founder/Executive Director, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, Tracys Landing, MD
- Robert C. McAllister, Dean, The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA
- Lynn Warshafsky, Co-Founder, Venice Arts, Venice, CA
“The National Guild is thrilled to recognize these exceptional leaders for their vision and their dedication to community arts education,” said Jonathan Herman, executive director of the National Guild. “Through their decades-long work with communities and their service to the field, this year’s Milestone recipients have each made a powerful contribution to increasing equitable access to arts education.”
"Romance of the Rhine and Mosel" - River Cruise with Encore
Join Encore Chorale on a wonderful 15-day journey along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers in May 2015 aboard a Grand Circle river cruise ship. The trip begins in Basel Switzerland and includes stops in France, Germany, The Netherlands, and ends in Antwerp Belgium. Click here to download a complete itinerary along with fees, booking information, and ship information.
We would love to fill the ship with singers and their guests - please join us! There will be performance opportunities scheduled as part of our trip. We will perform music learned as part of the Spring 2014 Encore season. However, you do not need to be singing with Encore year-round to come on the trip. We will send you the sheet music in advance of the trip, along with a rehearsal CD for your part, so you can practice at home. Singers are welcome to bring non-singing guests or spouses. Please note: You do not have to be an existing Encore singer. Anyone over the age of 55 is welcome to join us. We will send you advance copies of the music selections, as well as rehearsal CDs, so you may learn on your own prior to the trip.
PLease call the Encore office if you have any questions about the trip. Or call Grand Circle directly if your questions pertain to the itinerary or booking. The Grand Circle phone number is 1-800-597-2452, option 2. The Encore code when booking is GS-23919. The Encore office number is 301-261-5747.
The Encore Chorale Institute at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland was a huge success. 75 great singers enjoyed an action packed five days of challenging choral music, movement classes, vocal technique classes and excellent evening performances. Washington College was a new institute location for Encore and the facilities were truly excellent. The college enjoys the Daniel Z. Gibson Center for Performing Arts fine arts complex which houses the state-of-the-art Decker Concert Hall, the Hotchkiss Recital Hall and dance studio. It was perfect space for Encore.
Read more: Fun in Chestertown!
Encore was recently profiled in an article in the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts Magazine. Complete article here:
ARTS FOR LIFE: TWO MODELS FOR CREATIVE AGING PROGRAMS
By Ellen Hirzy
Ask a 70-year-old and a 40-year-old why they sing with a community chorus and there’s a good chance that both will talk about their love of music, the sense of accomplishment that comes from rehearsing and performing, and the social time they enjoy with other singers. Creative pursuits are not age-dependent, and a growing body of research shows that they are actually good for you. The very things that people enjoy about arts activities—mastery of skills and knowledge and purposeful engagement with others—have physical health, mental health, and social interaction advantages for older adults.
Read more: Encore Featured in Guild Article
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