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  • Watch Us Perform! A Full Schedule of Concerts this Spring
  • Rock On with Encore! Join Encore ROCKS! Now with five locations.
  • Contribute to Encore! Encore is a 501(c)(3) NonProfit Organization


  • Register Now for Summer Choral Institutes! +

    Several Spots Still Open for Washington College! Registration is now open for Encore Chorale’s Summer Choral Institutes offering “singing summer Read More
  • Contribute to Encore! +

    Thank you for Supporting Encore Creativity for Older Adults!  Encore is a non-profit organization that has brought joy to many Read More
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Fall 2017 Season Registration is Open!

 Fall Season Starts in September!
Register now and reserve your place!
trozzo 170513 0019-1Encore 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!


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Join us for an Encore Summer Sing!

summer-singEncore 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

Admission:  $15.00

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or call the Encore office at 301-261-5747

Register Now for Summer Choral Institutes!

Several Spots Still Open for Washington College!

KEL 1524-1Registration 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. 

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Encore Celebrates!

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.

KEL 6306-1The 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 hotrozzo 170513 1083-1urs 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.



Jeanne Kelly Fund Established

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.

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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.

AARP is 10th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor





Encore is thrilled to announce AARP as a 10th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor. This sponsorship will support our anniversary year celebrations and provide resources for us to offer a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity on the stage of DAR Constitution Hall on May 13, 2017!  We are so grateful for this partnership for many reasons.  AARP’s financial support will contribute to our annual operating costs, tuition scholarships, professional conductor fees, equipment costs, and staffing. Most importantly, this sponsorship ensures that Encore will continue to provide free concerts to the community.  ARRP advocates new discoveries and new possibilities at any age -- in perfect sync with Encore's mission to provide an excellent and artistic environment to older adults. Thank you to AARP and to all of our singers and friends of Encore for your continued support.


AARP shared this article about our exciting new partnership.

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Encore Canada Trip

May 2018
Encore Canada Trip
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Great news, for those of you that reached out with interest to join this trip, it is on!  More details on dates and registration will be shared soon.   
Special Opportunity
Dear singers,
I have been in conversations with Classical Movements, a very well regarded company who plans choral and orchestra tours for major organizations including National Symphony, major university choral programs and auditioned choirs. In short,  Classical Movements loves what we are all about and they have put together a splendid Eastern Canadian trip for May 2018. Encore will be performing 3 large concerts on our concert tour!! The date of departure will be near May 25, 2018- though exact dates have not yet been confirmed.
The trip begins with a flight to Montreal, where we will enjoy a tour of the area and perform a concert in a high-profile venue, perhaps Norte-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Stunning!
We will also include the picturesque town of Laval, known for its thriving arts scene, museums, art galleries, and intricate architecture. We will perform a concert in Laval.
Then off by bus or train along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec!  We will enjoy a city tour. This day also includes a sound check for our third big concert.
The sixth day we tour around the Quebec area including Montmorency Falls. Day 7 we will have free time to wonder around Quebec.
I am including a full description of the tour below.

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Encore Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors WelcomeThroughout 2017, Encore will celebrate 10 successful years!  We are thrilled to provide a program that continues to inspire creativity and joy.  Over the past 10 years Encore has grown – now serving 10 counties in Maryland, Virginia and DC, with just over 1000 singers each year!  Our free concerts bring in an average of 4,000 audience members in December and May and we continue to hear from our national affiliates about their success. 

We thank our currents sponsors who have decided to support Encore. If you'd like to know more about these sponsors, click on their links below.

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Kure Pain Management


Ginger Cove

OBXtek, Inc

Silver Sponsor

Maryland Capital Advisors

Bronze Sponsor

Chautauqua Institution

Foxes Music


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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 visibility and quality venues

You TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation, regardless of amount, will make a difference. There are many ways to make a donation to Encore - direct cash/credit, IRA Charitable Rollover, Stock, and more. Please review the information below to determine the method for you.

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.


Giving Levels

10th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor $10,000+
Platinum Sponsor $5,000
Gold Sponsor $2,500
Silver Sponosr $1,000
Bronze Sponsor $500
Patron $250
Supporter $100 +
Friend up to $100

You may contribute online via PayPal (click the "Donate" button below) or send your check to:

Encore Creativity for Older Adults

5419 Deale Churchton Road #102

Churchton, MD 20733


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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!

“It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there.”― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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As of September 2016, Encore has fifteen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD area, as well as five new Encore ROCKS locations. Additionally, Encore continues to expand across the nation, with Affiliate Chorales at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Northeast Iowa School of Music, Dubuque, IA; Littleton and Highlands Ranch, CO; Santa Clarita, CA; and six in the Chicago area. With over 1,200 singers, we believe we are the largest choral organization in the U.S.!

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!