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  • Sing in Cuba! January 2015! +

    Travel with Encore to Cuba in January 2015!  We will center our journey around three Cuban cities: the bustling capital 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
  • New Locations, New Chorales - The Fall Schedule +

    Finally! By popular demand, Encore is introducing our first ever evening chorale.  Encore's newest chorale will rehearse on Wednesday evenings Read More
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New Locations, New Chorales - The Fall Schedule

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.

Of course, 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 nearly 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 socialie 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.  Music for the Fall program will be in preparation for the december holiday concerts - detailed schedule to be announced.  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; York conductor is Victor Fields.
 
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 a session after week 3.
 
Register for Smithsonian, Glen Echo, Langston and AACC on their websites as linked below.  Registration for Alexandria, Potomac, Schweinhaut, Leisure World, Asbury Methodist Village, Towson, York, and Southern Maryland can be completed at your first rehearsal with payment by check or REGISTER ONLINE HERE
 
Encore Winter/Spring Schedule Details
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
 
 
Please contact Encore at 301-261-5747 
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Click READ MORE to see details of Chorales schedule

Summertime is Camp Time!

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.

01-chautauqua class of 2013 webEncore 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 hereRegister and pay online here

Fun in Chestertown!

Copy of Encore WC Summer Institute Group Photo June 2014 webThe 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. 

Read more: Fun in Chestertown!

Encore Featured in Guild Article

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

KEL 4248-1Ask 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.

Read more: Encore Featured in Guild Article

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.

Sing in Cuba! January 2015!

Cuba PhotoTravel 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.

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.

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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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.

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

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