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  • Beat the Winter Blues - Sing with Encore! +

    This Winter/Spring season will kick off the week of January 12, 2015.  We have a wonderful repertoire planned ---we'll be Read More
  • Cruise the Rhine and Mosel Rivers with Encore +

    "Romance of the Rhine and Mosel" - River Cruise with Encore Join Encore Chorale on a wonderful 15-day journey along the Read More
  • Summer Choral Institute Dates +

    Encore is pleased to announce the dates of our 2015 Summer Choral Institutes. Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland June 14-18, Read More
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Encore Travels to Cuba!

Cantores-CF-and-Encore 20150120-180035 1On January 3rd, twenty Encore travelers departed for Cuba on a People to People Bridge between Cultures trip and it was indeed a trip of a lifetime. Grand Circle Foundation did an extraordinary job in planning this journey.

Our exchange started with a candid discussion on urban development in Havana led by Pedro Vazquez, an architect and urban planner. It was very evident that the Cuban people are very excited about the positive change in our governments. And this remained evident everywhere we traveled in Cuba. We shared a visit at a senior center where we delighted them with our singing and they sang for us. There were smiles all around.

A great Cuban lunch followed a visit to a handcrafts market.  We embarked on a neighborhood walking tour through the beautiful streets and squares of Old Havana. The evening entertainment was at Muraleandro, a community arts project of colorful murals and various forms of street arts.  We met with local artists to view their works and enjoy their performances. And of course we performed for them to wild applause!

The next day started with a lively discussion on U.S./Cuban relations led by a pair of Havana residents.  They shared their views on the possibilities of the 60- year- stand-off coming to an end.   Then we hopped aboard local transportation –bicycle cabs – to travel to the local market to meet vendors and buy some produce to give to the day-care facility we would be visiting next.  After lunch, we enjoyed Havana’s historic La Cabana, an eighteenth century fortress complex near the entrance to the Bay of Havana. Then some visited the Fine Arts Museum and some of us became part of the Epiphany Parade through Old Havana!   Talk about loud and crazy!   And Cuba Television caught some Encore members on film for TV across Cuba later that evening!! They knew we were Americans and they loved it.

Read more: Encore Travels to Cuba!

Beat the Winter Blues - Sing with Encore!

AAKEL 2424-01-1This Winter/Spring season will kick off the week of January 12, 2015.  We have a wonderful repertoire planned ---we'll be singing fabulous medleys from Showboat and Les Miserables, Come Follow the Band from Barnum, and we'll sing a tribute to Cole Porter. You'll love it!

Encore continues to offer a broad array of chorales throughout the Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland area. Encore is the nation's largest choral program for older adults with fourteen Encore Chorales in the DC/VA/MD area, serving 700 singers, ages 55+. Encore also has four affiliate chorales in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Dubuque, IA. 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. Encore would love to have you sing with us. Give us a try!
 
Encore Chorales are open to all who love to rehearse and perform four part choral music.  Many of Encore's existing singers throughout the Washington/Baltimore area had never sung before, have sung their entire life or are coming back to what they love…..singing!  Singers rehearse weekly for fifteen weeks and then perform free community concerts in high profile venues such as the Kennedy Center (annual holiday concert) and the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. Many of the Chorales are under the direction of Encore's Executive Director, Jeanne Kelly.  The Southern Maryland/Asbury~Solomons Chorale is directed by Krystal Rickard McCoy; Asbury Methodist Village is conducted by Robert Johnson; Towson Encore Chorale is conducted by Stephen Harouff, and the Leisure World of Virginia, Alexandria, and Smithsonian evening program are conducted by Jeffrey Dokken. Jeanne Kelly and Jeffrey Dokken share conducting duties at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park.
 
Note that new singers must join before week 4 of the choral season.  There is no class fee proration for late registrants. Refunds are not provided to singers who withdraw from the program after week 3.
 
Register for Smithsonian, Glen Echo, Langston and AACC on their websites or as noted on the grid.  Registration for Alexandria, Potomac, Schweinhaut, Leisure World, Asbury Methodist Village, Towson, and Southern Maryland can be completed at your first rehearsal with payment by check or REGISTER ONLINE HERE with a credit card of Paypal
 
Encore Winter/Spring Schedule Details
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
 
 
Please contact Encore at 301-261-5747 
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Summer Choral Institute Dates

IMG 6850Encore is pleased to announce the dates of our 2015 Summer Choral Institutes.

Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland June 14-18, 2015

Click here to download the brochure and the registration form for the Washington College program. Chestertown online registration is available on our web site.

Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York August 30 - September 4, 2015.

Click here to download the brochure and the registration form for the Summer Choral Institute at the Chautauqua Institution. Online registration will be available soon.

 

Cruise the Rhine and Mosel Rivers with Encore

"Romance of the Rhine and Mosel" - River Cruise with Encore

reichsburg castleJoin Encore Chorale on a wonderful 15-day journey along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers in May 2015 aboard a Grand Circle river cruise ship.  The trip begins in Basel Switzerland and includes stops in France, Germany, The Netherlands, and ends in Antwerp Belgium.  Click here to download a complete itinerary along with fees, booking information, and ship information.

We would love to fill the ship with singers and their guests - please join us!  There will be performance opportunities scheduled as part of our trip.  We will perform music learned as part of the Spring 2014 Encore season.  However, you do not need to be singing with Encore year-round to come on the trip.  We will send you the sheet music in advance of the trip, along with a rehearsal CD for your part, so you can practice at home.  Singers are welcome to bring non-singing guests or spouses. Please note: You do not have to be an existing Encore singer.  Anyone over the age of 55 is welcome to join us.  We will send you advance copies of the music selections, as well as rehearsal CDs, so you may learn on your own prior to the trip.

PLease call the Encore office if you have any questions about the trip.  Or call Grand Circle directly if your questions pertain to the itinerary or booking.  The Grand Circle phone number is 1-800-597-2452, option 2.  The Encore code when booking is GS-23919.  The Encore office number is 301-261-5747.

A Fabulous Concert Season!

Encore VA-20141213-016-1Encore's Holiday Concert season concluded on Tuesday Evening, December 23rd, with a dazzling performance on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Over 250 singers performed before a standing room only audience.  The concert was the last of twelve that the various Encore Chorales performed in the Baltimore-Washington area over the two weeks leading to the Finale. 

View concert photos and videos on the Gallery Page.

Encore's Winter-Spring season is just underway - there's still time to register and get in on the fun!  See information on this page re the various Encore Chorale locations and schedule and register now. Registrations will close by the end of January (Smithsonian Day Time Chorale is full).

Holiday Concert Blog

Convergence, Alexandria, Virginia 

KEL 7287-1Encore Chorale’s 2014 Holiday Concert Season opened on Saturday, Dec. 6 to an enthusiastic audience at Convergence in Alexandria, VA. Convergence is the new home of the Alexandria Encore Chorale.   Our concert goers braved wind and lots of rain, but they were rewarded with wonderful and energetic singing. Jeff Dokken conducted the Encore Chorales of Alexandria and the Potomac Academy of George Mason University.   The evening got off to a very quick start with the memorized Thirty Second Fa La La by Donald Moore.   A great and inviting selection to begin the evening. The singers were joined by bongo player Mike Winter to perform a rousing Cantar! by Jay Althouse. The energy level was high and the singers were having a great time on stage. And so was the audience. The African Noel by Andre Thomas followed, with Mike Winter on the conga drum.   The singers and percussion drove the rhythm and the dynamic levels were clearly executed.   The singers slowed the tempo of the concert with a beautiful performance of Christmas Pipes by Brendan Graham. Their legato sound with excellent diction was enhanced by the lovely and artistic flute playing by Sharyn Byer. The chorale brought great energy, pulsing rhythm and excellent flute obligato to the traditional English Carol, I Saw Three Ships, by Philip Stopford. The concert continued with a passionate and beautiful performance of Everlasting Light by David Shire and words by Sheldon Harnick. The piece celebrates Hanukkah, the festival of lights and the revolution against religious oppression.

The text of John Rutter’s The Very Best Time of Year was beautifully and sincerely delivered, along with the lovely flute obligato.   The voices were rich and warm and attention to consonants was admirable.

The very entertaining Mozart’s Fa-La-La, with music by WA Mozart and arranged by Philip Kern, was sung with great sound, pulsing rhythm, comedy and energy. It is a choral spoof on Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the audience loved it. The singers had a ball!

Now it was time for the audience to sing! Founder of Encore, Jeanne Kelly, and conductor Jeff Dokken warmed the audience up with physical and vocal exercises and then it was time to put the audience to the test.   They were fabulous singers! They enjoyed singing White Christmas, Let It Snow, Deck The Halls, Oh Hanukkah, and Silver Bells. The Encore Chorale came out into the audience and a great time was had by all.

The concert came to a rousing close with the superbly sung Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

Encore’s first concert of the holiday season was a huge success.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS.

Read more: Holiday Concert Blog

Smithsonian Chorale "Crashes" the American History Museum!

The Smithsonian Encore Chorale, a program of the Smithsonian Associates Program, surprised noon-time visitors to the Smithsonian Museum of American History with a "flash mob" performance on Wednesday, December 17th.  Enjoy the video of their performance, below...

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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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Now with fourteen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD/PA area, and four Affiliate Chorales at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Northeast Iowa School of Music, we are over 800 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 rehearsal with professional conductors.

The Chorale classes, designed for adults 55 years and above, are instructive 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.

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