Registration 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.
Read more: Register Now for Summer Choral Institutes!
Once again, Encore will have a very full concert schedule this spring, highlighted by our Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concert at DAR Constitution Hall on May 13, 2017. For details of Encore's complete concert schedule, click READ MORE below. To download any of the concert flyers please go to the 2017 Spring Concert Flyer page here.
All of Encore's concerts, unless otherwise indicated, are free and open to the public.
Photos and videos of Encore's concerts will be posted in the Gallery section of the web site after they occur.
Read more: Encore's Spring 2017 Concert Schedule
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.
The 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 hours 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.
CONCERT PHOTOS HERE - VIDEO COMING SOON.
Encore Founders Jeanne and Larry Kelly, the Encore Board of Directors, and Encore Conductors and Staff invite you to celebrate Encore’s 10th Anniversary at a Pre-Concert Party at the Mansion on O Street!
May 12th will be an evening of excitement and anticipation as we prepare for our DAR Constitution Hall Spectacular on May 13th!
When: Friday evening, May 12, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Mansion on O Street, 2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC
Who: Singers, friends, family, lovers of Encore
Details: Dinner, dessert, music, and 2 hours of beer, wine and sodas included
Cash bar for mixed drinks and third hour of beer, wine and sodas
Self-guided mansion tours exploring 100 rooms and discovering 70 secret doors
Tickets: $100 per person. ($20 tax-deductible)
Travel: Valet parking - $20 per car; one block from Dupont Circle Metro
The mansion is handicapped accessible by elevator to the main gathering areas
Dress: The Mansion on O Street is an eclectic museum and hotel with a musical vibe! Dress to your own unique taste. Be a fashion statement, dress to the nines, wear your gown, your tux, your leather jacket, your feather boa or your tiara… or come as you are in a comfy ensemble! The sky is the limit!
You won’t want to miss this Party!
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE OR CALL ENCORE'S OFFICE AT 301-261-5747
Click here to read more about the Mansion on O Street
Read more: Join Us for Encore's 10th Anniversary Party!
The Rockers outdid themselves at their first spring concert on Sunday April 23rd. Watch the entire presentation and be impressed!
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.
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.
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 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.
|10th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor $10,000+
|Platinum Sponsor $5,000
|Gold Sponsor $2,500
|Silver Sponosr $1,000
|Bronze Sponsor $500
|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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