Encore's Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly, was interviewed on the program "Fairfax 50+" a podcast produced by Fairfax County, VA, on August 16, 2017.
Fall Season Starts in September!
Register now and reserve your place!
Encore singers had a superb season this spring! Spread the word to friends and neighbors and invite them to join us for the fall! Tuition includes 15 weekly rehearsals, expert instruction under the direction of professional conductor, sheet music, rehearsal CD in your voice part, and concert performances at the end of the semester. We are encouraging registration in advance. This will help ensure that we order the appropriate number of CDs and sets of sheet music. To register online please click on the chorale or ROCKS Chorus location below. Sing on!
Read more: Fall 2017 Season Registration is Open!
Attention all Baltimore area Rock n Roll fans! Join Encore ROCKS Towson Rock n Roll Chorus!
The concept of Encore ROCKS is simple: the best rock-n-roll music of all time performed in a choral setting. Over the past 2 years, Encore ROCKS has grown exponentially, and is now delighting audiences and singers across the region. Each session we learn incredibly exciting rock music in 3 and 4 part harmonies, and perform large combined concerts complete with a rock band accompanying us live onstage. It is truly a musical experience like no other. Under the guidance of our professional conductors, experienced and inexperienced singers alike will be challenged, entertained, and educated and will absolutely love rocking' out together!
Encore ROCKS is a program under the nonprofit organization Encore Creativity for Older Adults. Encore is the nation’s largest choral program for older adults with 15 Encore Chorales and 6 Encore ROCKS choruses in the DC/Baltimore area.
Jeff Dokken, Director of Encore ROCKS program states: "What is so exciting about Encore Rocks is that it combines the high quality artistic standards of Encore with the great Rock-n-Roll music of the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Rock music truly lends itself to choral singing, and through our fun and intensive rehearsal process we dive deep into the melodies, harmonies, rhythms, history, and culture of this wonderful musical form. And I cannot emphasize strongly enough how incredibly awesome the concerts are!"
Doug Byerly, Director of Anne Arundel Community College’s Concert Choir, AACC Opera and Director of Music for Baltimore’s Archdiocese, will conduct the Encore ROCKS Towson.
There are no auditions and singers may be seated for both rehearsals and performances.
Come have the time of your life!!!
Mondays, beginning September 11, 1:00 to 2:30pm
Towson Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD Exit 27B on Baltimore Beltway
Tuition: $175.00 - 15 rehearsals, music, rehearsal CD and performance
REGISTER HERE or call Encore at 301-261-5747 to register
Registration is now open for Encore's Summer Choral Institute offering “singing summer camp” for older adults at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua NY, August 27 - September 1, 2017. The institute, now in their 10th year, will attract adult students from all over the country, at all levels of vocal experience, for an exciting week of intensive choral music study.
Participant program fees include all classes, materials, on-site accommodations, daily fitness classes and meals. Both Institutes offer evening performances by local and national artists. Commuter students are welcome and fees adjusted accordingly. Non-participating spouses or guests are also welcome and their fees include shared accommodations with the singer, and meals with the program participants. The week concludes with a performance by the singers for family, friends and the community. Camp participants do not need to be current Encore singers and there are no auditions.
Read more: Register Now for Chautauqua Summer Choral Institutes!
Kick off your holiday season by traveling with Encore!!!
You asked for it! You got it!
A three-day musical retreat at the gorgeous
Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
December 1 - 3, 2017
This will be our second weekend getaway for Encore!
The historic and grand Omni Homestead Resort is celebrating their 250th anniversary and Encore is celebrating our 10th anniversary!!!!! So, it is fitting that we visit the Homestead once again for a grand weekend of fabulous song, food, drink, lodging and friends. Many of our singers are still dreaming of the over-the-top breakfast experience each morning! And, we hear that the holiday decorations are simply stunning!
We will stay in beautiful rooms, enjoy scrumptious meals, and participate in Encore Chorale rehearsals and vocal technique classes. Jeanne Kelly will keep you amused and singing beautifully! Bus transportation will be offered for those who are interested.
We will leave Friday, December 1st at 8am and arrive at noon for lunch on your own. After lunch we will work musically for about three hours and then enjoy lots of fun. You can relax in the hot springs of the hotel or enjoy their wonderful indoor pool! The meals will be fabulous and the socializing will be marvelous.
Saturday, we will work musically from 10am to noon and in the afternoon, you can enjoy the hotel and all it must offer. And, we have been invited to perform for Homestead guests once again. Sunday, we will enjoy the resort before leaving at lunchtime. We will arrive back in DC at about 6:30pm.
Spouses, partners, and guests are warmly welcomed.
Check out the Omni Homestead Resort here
Single rate cost: $775.00 including room and all meals, resort fees, taxes, choral rehearsals and classes. Double rate cost: $1,155.00 including room and all meals for two, resort fees, taxes, choral rehearsals and classes. Please note that a double rate includes either one couple or two friends sharing a room with two beds! Bus transportation will be $110.00 per person and is non-refundable. Bus stops TBD later.
Encore singers enjoyed a weekend to remember, celebrating in style, first with a party at the Mansion on O Street, Friday May 12th, and then filling the stage to overflowing at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday for a most spectacular and memorable Tenth Anniversary Concert performance.
The Mansion on O Street, in the Dupont Circle historic district of Washington, is noted for eccentric interior styling which includes hidden doors, secret passages, and rooms in which all furnishings and fixtures are for sale. Encore attendees spent the evening exploring the nooks and crannies of the mansion while enjoying a buffet dinner and bar. Encore’s Executive Director Mary Spencer, and Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly welcomed the attendees and introduced Encore’s conductors. It was a great way to get into the celebratory mood that would extend into Saturday. VIEW PHOTOS.
Singers arrived three hours early for the Saturday afternoon concert and it took every minute to get ready. Simply organizing 700 singers on stage took well over thirty minutes. The excitement was palpable as both the Chorale and Encore ROCKS ran through their final rehearsals, right up to the moment the doors were opened to the audience.
Mary Spencer welcomed all to this momentous event and introduced emcee Jed Duvall, a former Encore board member and retired national television news correspondent. Jed spoke of Encore’s history before Jeanne Kelly came on stage to recount her experience building Encore over the past ten years.
The first half of the concert brought the rockers to the stage. 150 Encore ROCKS singers performed under the direction of Encore’s Associate Artistic Director, Jeffrey Dokken. Highlights included Forever Doo Wop and a Dick Clark Rock, Roll and Remember medley. The group received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd.
After a brief intermission, approximately 700 Encore Chorale singers filled the stage to overflowing. Directed by Jeanne Kelly, the Chorale produced a “wall of sound” that reverberated throughout Constitution Hall. The concert selections included some of Encore's "greatest hits" of the past ten years. Some audience members reported they were moved to tears by the Chorale’s emotional presentation of songs from Les Miserables. As a finale, the rockers joined the Chorale to sing Encore’s signature piece, And So I Sing, which produced the second standing ovation of the day.
Other concert speakers included Martha Boudreau, Vice President of Marketing and Development for AARP, a presenting sponsor of the concert, and Wendy Miller, wife of the late Dr. Gene Cohen. Jeanne Kelly led a segment of Cohen’s landmark Creativity and Aging Study that led Kelly to start Encore. Miller said Cohen would have been inspired by what had been accomplished by Jeanne and Encore – as was everyone in attendance.
CONCERT VIDEO HERE
CONCERT PHOTOS HERE - VIDEO COMING SOON.