Yes, our second year of Encore University will soon be upon us. To give everyone a bit of a break from "Zooming" and "Tripping," this year's session will be limited to four weeks, from July 12th through August 5th, 2021. As usual, there will be plenty of fun singing with Jeanne and Jeff and the two Davids. Stephen will advance everyone's ability to sing with his Music Theory and Musicianship class, while we introduce a new instructor, Donna Mitchell-Cox, who will provide a new slant on vocal technique. Another new instructor, Diana Saez will take us South of the Border to explore Latin choral music. And there's so much more packed into four weeks. Download the full catalog below.
Encore University Summer Session is being offered at an all-inclusive price of only $75. More details in the box to the right.
It's a great way to spend some time during the dog days of summer. We hope you'll join us!
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After more than a year of virtual rehearsals and Encore University classes, everyone is eager to get back to live programs. Currently, Encore hopes to resume a “normal” schedule in September 2021. Encore’s summer program will be a short semester of Encore University and we plan to return to Chautauqua for a summer camp in late August/early September (see article below).
For the Fall 2021 semester, Encore is in active discussions with our location partners to determine space availability and restrictions, if any. Some have indicated they will be unavailable for fall rehearsals and Encore is seeking alternate venues.
Current plans also include a reduced version of Encore University in the fall, which will be offered as an option with live rehearsal registrations, or as a stand-alone registration. Details will be forthcoming as plans are finalized.
Times remain uncertain and plans may evolve as circumstances may change. Encore will keep our singers, current and past, apprised.
Registration to Open May 1, 2021
Many of the guests who return to Chautauqua year after year describe it as an experience rather than a vacation -- a place for renewal. So where better to renew Encore's traditions than to return to the Chautauqua Institution for our first summer camp in two years, in August of 2021?
The Chautauqua Institution was founded on the belief that everyone “has a right to be all that he can be -- to know all that he can know.” Encore agrees and that's why we have been returning to Chautauqua since our very first camp there in 2008. The end of August in Chautauqua is a tradition as old as Encore itself. It's easy to understand why if you've spent an evening on the porch of the Athenaeum Hotel sharing wine and conversation with fellow Encore singers. Here's how a Chautauqua newcomer described her first Encore camp experience: "I felt like I was in a majestic palace surrounded by gorgeous flowers and homes and the lovely lake. It was my first time there and I was in awe about the whole experience. Spot on! So, once again, after a one-year COVID hiatus, we return to Chautauqua this year, from August 29th to September 3rd, 2021.
This Encore program will be conducted this year by Encore's Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly, joined by Associate Artistic Director David Simmons, whom everyone has gotten to know through his dynamic Encore University classes. Choral music will be a mix of traditional choral music, as well as rocks selections.
To facilitate social distancing, all rehearsals and classes, as well as the final concert will be held in the 4,000 seat open-air amphitheater. Special indoor or outdoor dining will be offered. Also, for everyone's safety, participants will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and will be required to wear specially provided singers masks at all rehearsals, classes, and the performance..
Read more: Encore Returns to Chautauqua August 2021
Encore is the nation's largest choral organization for adults over the age of 55.
Encore's mission is to provide an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist.
All Encore programs are conducted by professionals who 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 a great way 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!
Encore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.