Encore is growing! We're adding 4 new chorales this Fall, bringing us up to 17 chorales in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. A meeting of our conductors and volunteer chorale masters was held on August 19 to share information and get to know one another better. We are extremely fortunate to have excellent conductors working with our singers, and tremendous and valued volunteers assisting them as chorale masters (CM). They are all ready for a busy and exciting Encore season ahead and we thank them for their dedication to musical excellence and the Encore mission!
Pictured here seated and front row are Conductor Robert Johnson, CM Arthur Karpas, CM David Lloyd, Conductor Jeanne Kelly, Conductor Allan Laino, Conductor Stephen Harouff, Conductor Jeffrey Dokken, CM Anne Ball, CM Mary Dodd, and CM Betty Sewell. In the second row, CM Dick Staley, CM Lee Lipsey, CM Sage Mumma, CM Judith Holdsworth, Conductor Deborah IntVeldt, CM Nancy Knauer, CM Andrea Wollock, CM Eileen Starkey, CM Mandy Whalen, Conductor David Lang, CM Esther Layton, Conductor David Allen, Conductor Krystal McCoy, CM Ellen Leddy, Board Vice-President Terri Sorota, and CM Jeanne Gardner. CM Janet Hansen is not pictured.
Encore Chorale invites the greater Chautauqua community to attend free concerts during our 8th Annual Choral Institute at the Chautauqua Institution August 30-September 4, 2015. All concerts will be held in Elizabeth Lenna Hall and there are no gate fees or tickets required. Come and enjoy:
Monday, August 31 at 7:30pm - Bradford and Maribeth Gowen perform a 4-handed Classical Piano Concert
Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30pm - Soprano Marlissa Hudson in concert
Friday, September 4 at 2:00pm - Encore Chorale, with 85 singers, performs a grand finale concert
"...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
Click READ MORE to See the Full listing of all Chorales, registration links, schedule and locations.
Read more: Sing with Encore this Fall!
Join 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.
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 Fun, Yesterday 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!
The 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"
Our 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.
VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS HERE.
Join 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.
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. 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.
|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