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Get ready to rock! Encore is introducing our first-ever Rock n Roll Chorus!  Our  ENCORE ROCKS Chorus will 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 Sold Outknow 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 FunYesterday by the Beatles, California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas, Proud Mary by CCR and others.  Singers will rehearse this music for six weeks and then perform a mini concert for family and friends. 

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Sing with Encore this Fall!

KEL 0511-1"...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!

Click READ MORE to See the Full listing of all Chorales, registration links, schedule and locations.

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A Glorious Week Singing in Chautauqua

BFinaleEncoreweb02The eighth annual Encore Chorale Choral Institute at the Chautauqua Institution welcomed 85 singers eager to tackle challenging choral music, enjoy movement and Yoga classes, learn vocal technique and attend excellent evening professional concerts. The week was a huge success. Many singers were from Encore Chorales in the Washington -Baltimore area, but singers from across the country also attended. A chartered bus made travel from the DC area very convenient for more than 40 of the singers. Krystal McCoy, conductor of the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale and St. Marie’s Musica, joined forces with Jeff Dokken, conductor of Alexandria, Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park, Smithsonian PM and Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads Encore Chorales and Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Artistic Director of Encore to lead the excellent singers through challenging and demanding rehearsals.   The choral rehearsals are the heart and soul of the institute and the singers responded beautifully to every conductor. Photos of the week are linked here on the Gallery tab, and video of the finale concert is available to view here.

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Introducing Our Conductors and Chorale Masters

Conductors and Chorale Masters Fall 2015 webEncore 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 Holiday Concert Schedule - Join us!

Sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

aaaadsc_0131-1More than 100 singers will perform at Kenmore MS Theater in Arlington


After fifteen weeks of intensive rehearsals, the 22 MD/DC/VA/OH/PA/UT/IA/CO Encore Chorales will be ready to take to the stage! With concerts scheduled throughout December 2015, there's bound to be a time or location convenient to you! All concerts are free and open to the public except those noted for residents only.

Check back for updates and additional dates and locations closer to December.

Mark your calendar now and join us for an afternoon or evening of holiday and seasonal delights!

Date Time Location Chorales Singing
Sunday, Dec 6 2pm Leonardtown Baptist Church, Leonardtown MD Southern Maryland and AACC Encore Chorales
Saturday, Dec 12 3pm Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, VA Alexandria, Langston Brown and Goodwin House Encore Chorales
Saturday, Dec 12 7:30pm Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale
Sunday, Dec 13 3:00pm Leisure World, Silver Spring, MD (for residents) Schweinhaut Encore Chorale
Sunday, Dec 13 7:30pm Centreville United Methodist Church, Centreville, VA Potomac Arts Academy, Reston and Lansdowne Woods Encore Chorales
Tuesday, Dec 15 7:30pm Goodwin House Baileys, Falls Church, VA (for residents) Goodwin House and Langston Encore Chorales
Wednesday, Dec 16 1:00pm Asbury Solomons, Solomons, MD Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
Wednesday, Dec 16 7:00pm Lansdowne Woods, Leesburg, VA (for residents) Lansdowne Woods Encore Chorale
Thursday, Dec 17 7:30pm

Church of the Ephiphany, Washington, DC

Smithsonian AM and PM Encore Chorales
Friday, Dec 18 (tent.) 7:30pm Towson Presbyterian Church, Towson, MD Towson, AACC and Columbia Encore Chorales
Saturday, Dec 19 3:00pm Anne Arundel Comm College Pascal Center, Arnold, MD AACC, Southern MD and Towson Encore Chorales
Saturday, Dec 19 3:00pm Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick Frederick and Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorales
Sunday, Dec 20 3:00pm Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD WCM at Glen Echo, Schweinhaut, and Frederick Chorales 
Monday, Dec 21 1:00pm Schweinhaut Sr Center, Silver Spring MD Schweinhaut Encore Chorale



Registration open for Singing at Sea 2016 - French and Italian Riviera

Cinque TerreJoin 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.

Contribute to Encore!

Thank you for Supporting Encore Creativity for Older Adults! 

aKEL 0956-1Encore 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.

Giving Levels

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)
Sponsor ($1000+)

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



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About Encore

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Encore is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Encore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.

All Encore programs are conducted by professional artists who will 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 an excellent way to learn how 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!

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As of September, 2015, Encore will have seventeen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD area, and six Affiliate Chorales at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; Northeast Iowa School of Music, Dubuque, IA; Denver, CO; and Los Angeles, CA. We expect to be over 1,000 singers strong!

If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have never sung outside the shower, join our other music enthusiasts for weekly instructional class/rehearsals with our seasoned and professional conductors.

The Chorale classes, designed for adults 55 years and above, are educational as well as enjoyable. Participants learn proper breathing techniques and how to improve their voice through correct tone production as their conductor guides them through weekly rehearsals in three- and four-part singing. The season concludes with combined performances with other Chorales as well as local concerts at most Chorale locations.

Be a part of a true harmonic convergence-if you can talk, you can sing!