For the 9th year in a row, Encore will be offering two five-day Choral Institutes this summer. Whether you have sung your entire life, or have not sung for quite a few years—whatever your level of experience is — you will love these fun and educational “choral camps.” The instructors are patient, knowledgeable and entertaining. In five days they will mold the group into a polished choral ensemble, ready to perform! New this year, a rehearsal CD will be provided to all participants in advance of the program to help you prepare for the program.
Our Maryland Choral Institute will return to the beautiful campus of Washington College in historic Chestertown, Maryland. The Choral Institute will be held July 18-22, 2016. Click here to download the program brochure and registration form with details and pricing information. If paying by check, please download the form and submit with your payment by mail. If paying by credit card, please register online here.
Encore returns to the famed Chautauqua Institution in NY from August 28 - September 2, 2016. Click here to download the program brochure and registration form with details and pricing information. If paying by check, please download the form and submit with your check by mail. If paying by credit card, please register online here.
Due to the popularity of bus transportation from the Washington DC area to Chautauqua in 2015, Encore will offer round-trip bus service again this year as an optional add-on to registration. You may indicate your interest on your registration form and pay by check, or you may pay by credit card online here. Bus payment is non-refundable and due at the time of registration. Encore does reserve the option of cancelling the bus if signups do not cover the bus costs and, if so, refunds will be provided.
join us this summer for a wonderful week...or two... of song!
After a very successful "trial run" this fall, ENCORE ROCKS is ready to roll! If you love to sing the music of the fifties, sixties and seventies, you'll love Encore ROCKS, Encore's first Rock n Roll Chorus! The winter/spring selections will include music by Frank Valli and the Four Seasons, Led Zeppelin, Bill Haley & the Comets, and much more! ENCORE ROCKS DC will begin Thursday January 14th, 7pm at First Congregational UCC, 10th and G Streets NW in DC, by Metro Center. This will be a full fifteen week semester, including a rockin' final concert with a band. We will then expand as ENCORE ROCKS Glen Echo begins in March with a ten week semester. We will also introduce a six week summer program at Anne Arundel Community College in June. Jeff Dokken, our very talented and youthful Encore conductor, will be directing all of the ENCORE ROCKS programs.
All music will be three and four part harmony, challenging and educating singers of all abilities and skill levels. ENCORE ROCKS promises to sell out so don’t delay!
Online registration for ENCORE ROCKS DC has closed. Call Encore at 301-261-5747 for more information.
ENCORE ROCKS Glen Echo will begin Wednesday, March 2nd, 1:30-3:00pm, for ten rehearsal sessions. Registration is now open through the Washington Conservatory of Musiic. REGISTER HERE.
Registration for Encore Rocks at AACC is scheduled to open on Tuesday, March 1st. The course number to register for is LFS 337 301 and the class runs for 6 sessions on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1-2:30 from June 7th-23rd. The cost is $69.00.
Encore Chorale is the largest choral singing program for older adults in the country - and we invite you to join us this Winter/Spring as we start 2016 with a song!
With 18 chorales in the Baltimore-Washington DC area, there is surely a chorale near you. Our fifteen Encore Chorale programs will rehearse for 15 weeks and present concerts in May. Encore will also offer three sessions of ENCORE ROCKS this Spring in Washington DC, Bethesda and Arnold MD. DC will run for 15 weeks starting in January with concert in May, Bethesda will be a 10-week session, and the Arnold site will be 2 session/week for 3 weeks in June (6 sessions).
Encore also has 7 affiliate chorales in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; Dubuque, IA Santa Clarita CA, Cherry Creek, CO 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!
Click READ MORE to See the full listing of all chorales, our Spring repertoire, registration links, schedule and locations.
Read more: Sing with Encore in 2016!
In January 2016, Mary Spencer joined the Encore staff as Executive Director, serving alongside Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Programming and Administration from the University of Maryland and brings over 30 years of professional experience working to further the mission of various non-profits whose missions encourage the pursuit of personal growth and life-long learning.
Most recently, Mary has served as the Director of Advancement and member of the Senior Administrative Team for The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, implementing the strategic plan for Key’s fundraising initiatives and garnering support for the school’s vision and mission. Since 2005, Mary has helped to raise over $12.5 million for the school’s Annual Fund, Endowment, and Capital Projects.
Read more: Encore Welcomes Mary Spencer
Encore Chorale presented 15 fabulous concerts during the recent holiday season. The 970 Encore singers performed in concerts around the Baltimore/Washington area to the delight of packed concert venues. After fifteen weeks of intensive rehearsals, the well prepared singers performed with beautifully blended and focused voices, excellent diction, and impressive musicality. And they sold each piece they performed. Of particular delight was the very amusing Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus arranged by a good friend of Encore, Jonathan Miller. The rousing spiritual Rise Up and Follow That Star, arranged by Ruth Morris Gray, was full of energy and Alleluia by Mark Hayes was sung with precise and driven energy. Passion reigned in John Leavitt’s gorgeous Ose Shalom. Performing the haunting obligato in Ose Shalom with the chorales was Edna Haung, clarinet, at the Church of the Epiphany and Heather Haughn, violinist in the Kenmore, Reston, Leisure World, Cultural Arts Center and Kennedy Center concerts. These extremely talented musicians were greatly received by the singers and the audience. Ding Dong, arranged by Howard Helvey, complete with four hand piano accompaniment, was a total joy to listen to. The huge hit of the concerts was the very cleverly written The Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas. A mini lesson in music history, this piece takes the listener from Gregorian Chant, to Josquin des Pres, Palestrina, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Johann Strauss, Ponchielli, Tchaikovsky and ends with a rousing Stars and Stripes Forever march. The singers delivered the entire Twelve Days with humor, drama, excellently blended sound, special attention to each musical period and had a blast performing.
Every audience jumped to their feet at the climax of this piece. Encore presented 230 singers are the final concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. It was a truly spectacular evening for Encore and a perfect ending for our 2015 Holiday Concert Season!
View photos and videos of the concerts HERE.
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 - $74)
| Supporter ($75-$149)
|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