Finally! By popular demand, Encore is introducing our first ever evening chorale. Encore's newest chorale will rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 6:45pm at the Smithsonian Ripley Center in Washington, DC. We expect this chorale, under the direction of Jeffrey Dokken, to fill quickly, so register now. Complete registration information is available HERE. Also new this semester are the Towson MD Encore Chorale at the Towson Presbyterian Church, rehearsing Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm and York, Pennsylvania, rehearsing Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm.
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
For the seventh 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 action packed days they will mold the group into a polished choral ensemble, ready to perform!
Our Maryland Choral Institute moved this year to the beautiful campus of Washington College in historic Chestertown, Maryland. The camp was June 15th through the 19th. SEE ARTICLE BELOW.
Encore returns to the famed Chautauqua Institution August 24th - 29th. Co-conductors will be Jeanne Kelly and Jeffrey Dokken, Encore conductor, music director of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and Chorale, and musical director and composer-in-residence for Kaiser Permanente. Jeff also conducts the Alexandria and Leisure World Encore Chorales.
Registration deadline is July 30, 2014. Detailed brochure and registration form may be downloaded here. Register and pay online here.
The Encore Chorale Institute at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland was a huge success. 75 great singers enjoyed an action packed five days of challenging choral music, movement classes, vocal technique classes and excellent evening performances. Washington College was a new institute location for Encore and the facilities were truly excellent. The college enjoys the Daniel Z. Gibson Center for Performing Arts fine arts complex which houses the state-of-the-art Decker Concert Hall, the Hotchkiss Recital Hall and dance studio. It was perfect space for Encore.
Encore was recently profiled in an article in the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts Magazine. Complete article here:
ARTS FOR LIFE: TWO MODELS FOR CREATIVE AGING PROGRAMS
By Ellen Hirzy
Ask a 70-year-old and a 40-year-old why they sing with a community chorus and there’s a good chance that both will talk about their love of music, the sense of accomplishment that comes from rehearsing and performing, and the social time they enjoy with other singers. Creative pursuits are not age-dependent, and a growing body of research shows that they are actually good for you. The very things that people enjoy about arts activities—mastery of skills and knowledge and purposeful engagement with others—have physical health, mental health, and social interaction advantages for older adults.
"Romance of the Rhine and Mosel" - River Cruise with Encore
Join 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.
Travel with Encore to Cuba in January 2015! We will center our journey around three Cuban cities: the bustling capital of Havana (5 nights), including both 3 nights in the historic Old Town and 2 nights in the vibrant, downtown Vedado neighborhood; the harbor town of Cienfuegos (2 nights), center of Cuba’s sugar, coffee, and tobacco trades; and the colonial gem of Trinidad (3 nights), where cobbled streets, pastel-colored houses, and elegant plazas evoke Cuba’s glory days.
Throughout our journey, we will focus on meaningful cultural exchange (including performing concerts!) with the people of Cuba—who you’ll find to be warm, welcoming, and eager to interact with Americans. It’s a rare, authentic view of daily life in Cuba today.
As Americans, the mystique surrounding Cuba has been ingrained in our psyche for decades. Now, we finally have a chance to break down the cultural barriers between Cuba and the U.S.—at a pivotal moment in history for the people of Cuba, who are in the midst of major government reforms. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has granted a license to the Grand Circle Foundation to offer People-to-People exchange programs to Cuba. As Encore has established an excellent relationship with Grand Circle, this opportunity has been extended to us. The trip will depart on January 11, 2015.
The trip will be limited to 18 people and are expected to sell out quickly. Please note, due to the limited number and our commitment to sing concerts while we are there, you MUST be a singer to go. You do not, however, 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. Download a flier with more details 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.
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)|
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