"...The Les Miserables medley was flawless. But best of all, every face reflected such enthusiasm and an 'all-in' feeling. Undoubtedly, that made everything work together beautifully. Jeanne Kelly is clearly a gifted director. And also a fine pianist."
-from an email sent to one of our Encore singers by a friend who attended a concert
"...These two semesters have been beyond my wildest expectation. The last nine months have been more in-depth than I've known before. Stephen Harouff has led us to performance levels we'd not previously been capable of. His direction is precise, eliciting a level of ensemble singing that brought us to a new height."
-from a Towson Encore Chorale singer
"So when I joined the evening Smithsonian chorale last September, I was excited. I had not sung since high school but had always fantasized about singing with a group, particularly some of the music I love (Broadway and the American Songbook). It was a particularly challenging and demanding time for me at work, and sometimes, I just did not think I could rally to get on Metro and get to rehearsal. But, I realized very quickly that once I was there, the work demands faded away and I could only focus on what we were learning. Learning the music, attending to your direction, Jeff, and singing were all consuming. At the end of each rehearsal, I felt energized and happy. Now, the morning after last night's concert, I am absolutely astounded at how you and Jeanne take a group and prepare us to perform as well as we did last night. It was enormously exciting."
-from a Smithsonian PM Encore Chorale singer
The reviews are in! According to concert attendees and singers themselves, Encore Chorale continues to deliver a high caliber musical program that challenges and delights. We welcome new singers for the Fall season - join us!
With 17 chorales in the Baltimore-Washington DC area, there is surely a chorale near you. Encore is the nation's largest choral program for older adults with more than 700 singers, ages 55+. Encore also has five affiliate chorales in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; Dubuque, IA and Highlands Ranch/Denver, CO. 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. Give us a try!
Encore Chorales are open to all who love to rehearse and perform four part choral music. No prior experience is necessary, there are no auditions, and singers may be seated for rehearsals and concerts. 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; The Encore Chorale of Reston is conducted by David Lang; the new Encore Chorale of Frederick is directed by Deborah IntVeldt; and the Alexandria, Smithsonian evening program, and new "Encore Rocks" program are conducted by Jeffrey Dokken. Jeanne Kelly and Jeffrey Dokken share conducting duties at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park.
Registraton will be open for all chorales except Reston by June 30. To see the full listing of all chorales and links to additional information, click on READ MORE below.
Encore Winter/Spring Schedule Details
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
Please contact Encore at 301-261-5747
Click READ MORE to See the Full listing of all Chorales, registration links, schedule and locations.
Our Spring 2015 Encore Chorale season came to a spectacular close on Sunday, May 17th with a rousing concert at the Montgomery Arts Center. Our 730 singers performed twelve fabulous concerts throughout the Washington/Baltimore area to overflowing and enthusiastic audiences.
The singers sang with a beautifully blended choral sound, their musicianship was solid, they were extremely attentive to their conductors, and they sang with tremendous expression and passion. Creativity and Aging at it’s very best!
Their repertoire performed included Come Follow the Band from “Barnum”by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, A Cole Porter Portrait, Showboat Medley with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, and Les Miserables with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS HERE.
This is the 8th year that Encore has offered "summer camp for singers" and we're looking forward to our return to two wonderful venues to dive deep into a challenging and exciting choral repertoire amidst beautiful surroundings.
Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland June 14-18, 2015 - Registration closed.
Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York August 30 - September 4, 2015.
Encore returns for the 8th year to the famed Chautauqua Institution and we look forward to enjoying the beautiful campus, the charm of the Athenaeum Hotel, and singing a diverse repertoire that will enchant and challenge. The program fee is all inclusive to include hotel accommodations, all meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch), all program fees, and evening entertainment. Guests are welcome to attend and there are many activities in the area to entertain your non-singing guest. Two rehearsals each day, along with optional movement and vocal technique classes will fill your day, but still leave time to enjoy the surroundings and all that Chautauqua has to offer. Commuters are welcome and that registration fee includes lunch daily, our opening and closing dinners, and all program fees. Evening concerts/recitals will delight, and the broad hotel porch facing the lake is the perfect spot to finish the evening. If you have never experienced Chautauqua, now is the time! Join us after the crowds have dwindled and the weather still lovely for a week of full immersion choral singing and a finale concert you will always remember.
The SATB repertoire is exciting and challenging and includes Clap Yo' Hands by George and Ira Gershwin, Freedom Train by Linda Spevacek, Sure on This Shining Night by Samuel Barber, A Summer Night, And You and Paradise by Garrison Keillor and Benjamin Kornelis, and a wonderful medley from My Fair Lady.
Participants living in the Baltimore/Washington DC area may opt to travel to and from Chautauqua via an Encore-chartered motor coach bus. Pickup will be in Falls Church, VA and in Silver Spring MD on Sunday morning, September 30 with return to the same locations on Friday evening, September 4. Cost is $180 roundtrip per person. Seats are limited and bus payment is due upon registration and is non-refundable. Make it easy on yourself and ride with us!
Click here to download the brochure and the registration form for the Summer Choral Institute at the Chautauqua Institution. Online registration using a credit card is available here.
The cancellation policy for the programs can be viewed here.
Join fellow Encore singers and guests on a fabulous 15 day land and sea adventure exploring the French and Italian Rivieras and the islands of Corsica and Elba. Click here to download a copy of the trip brochure.
We start in Cannes and spend three days exploring the city and surrounding area. Then we're off on a luxury cruise ship for 7 days visiting the islands as well as stops to explore Nice, Portofino, and the Cinque Terre. We'll end our cruise in Livorno and travel to Florence for three days of full immersion in the art and culture of Tuscany. Performances will be incorporated into the trip and will be announced closer to the depature date.
This trip is limited to 50 people due to the size of the ship. Please review the trip brochure and make your deposit now to ensure your spot on the trip. Call Grand Circle directly at 1-800-597-2452, select option 2. Mention the Encore Service Code G6-23919 when you call to select our trip. Reservations can be made with a deposit of $500 and discounts are available for those who pay in full well in advance of the trip date. At this time, reservations are restricted to current Encore singers and guest sharing their room. Given the limited number of single rooms, we will work with solo travelers to pair them up with other participants.
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. 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.
|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