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!
Encore hopes that you miss us as much as we miss hearing your joyful and beautiful voices!!!! So we have decided to present a grand “SUMMER SING” on Thursday, August 3, 7:30 – 9pm. Jeanne Kelly and Jeff Dokken will be ready to challenge and amuse you!
Bring a friend! The more the merrier!! Repertoire will include the title song from Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, with selections including Cotton Blossom, Make Believe, You Are Love, Bill, Why Do I Love You?, Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine, Dat Man and Ol Man River, and also the fabulous music of George and Ira Gershwin including Love is Here to Stay, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, ‘S Wonderful, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm. It is a spectacular repertoire for a summer evening so come join us for great singing and socializing.
Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G. Street
Washington, DC 20001
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or call the Encore office at 301-261-5747
Several Spots Still Open for Washington College!
Registration is now open for Encore Chorale’s Summer Choral Institutes offering “singing summer camp” for older adults at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, June 25-29, 2017 and at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua NY, August 27 - September 1, 2017. The institutes, 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 Summer Choral Institutes!
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.
The Encore Board of Directors is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jeanne Kelly Founder's Fund named in honor of Encore's Founder and Artistic Director.
As Encore proudly embarks on its 10th Anniversary year of celebration, the Board believes that this is a perfect time to honor a woman who has dedicated over four decades of her life to the pursuit of excellence in the field of music as a performer, conductor, teacher and administrator. Her decade long passion for, and service to, singers over 55 is unparalleled, bringing to the spotlight the magic and power of older adult singers and their valuable contributions to our community.
The Jeanne Kelly Founder’s Fund will support two priorities that Jeanne holds most dear - ensuring conductor excellence and securing future growth and sustainability of the Encore Program, regionally and nationally. As Jeanne reflects on her lifetime of achievements during this 10th Anniversary year, it seems only fitting to recognize all that she has achieved in service to thousands of Encore singers who have been given a voice. An invitation to participate in this fund is being mailed to you soon. No gift is too large or too small. Your participation is what matters. Your gift will help new singers just like you discover Encore's program and experience the joy that singing can bring to their lives. Please make your gift to the Jeanne Kelly Founder’s Fund today!
Encore is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions to Encore are tax-deductible.
The current April 2017 edition of AARP Bulletin includes an article about older adult organizations, leading with Encore. View/download the article here.
AARP also produced a video featuring Encore singer Rick Ritter. View the video here.