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  • Beat the Winter Blues - Sing with Encore! +

    This Winter/Spring season kicked off the week of January 12, 2015.  We have a wonderful repertoire this semester ---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 +

    Join with singers from across the country at one or both of our Encore Chorale Summer Choral Institutes, to be Read More
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Spring Break Chorale Rehearsal Update

Spring Break Rehearsal Schedule March 25 -April 6

Inclement weather through the winter has necessitated some changes to the Spring Break schedule. Please note the following:

Wednesday, March 25 - No rehearsal for Smithsonian PM Encore Chorale. All others rehearse as usual.

Monday, March 30 - Alexandria, Schweinhaut and AACC chorales rehearse as usual

Tuesday, March 31 - Potomac Arts Academy - no rehearsal, but Langston Brown will rehearse as usual

Wednesday, April 1 - No rehearsal for Southern Maryland and the Smithsonian Encore Chorales, but Asbury Methodist Village and Leisure World will rehearse as usual.

Thursday, April 2 - Towson and WCM at Glen Echo will rehearse as usual

Friday, April 3 - Goodwin House Baileys - no rehearsal

Monday, April 6 - Alexandria - no rehearsal



Encore: Our Story!

New to Encore? Want to learn more about what we do? Please take a few moments to enjoy this introduction to the wonderful world of Encore!

Many thanks to Anne Arundel Community College and the Lifestages Program for allowing Encore to film the AACC Encore Chorale in rehearsal for this video.



Encore Spring 2015 Concerts - Join us!

Join us this Spring for Broadway's Best!

aaaadsc_0131-1Combined Virginia Chorales will perform at Washington-Lee High School







After fifteen weeks of intensive rehearsals, the eighteen MD/DC/VA/OH/PA/UT/IA Encore Chorales will be ready to take to the stage! With concerts scheduled in April and May, there's bound to be a time or location convenient to you! All concerts are free and open to the public except those noted. Check back for additional dates and locations. Join us for an afternoon or evening of Broadways' Best!

Date Time Location Chorales Singing
Thursday, April 9 1:00pm St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, PA Greater Reading Encore Chorale
Wednesday, April 22 7:00pm Leisure World of Virginia (for residents only) Leisure World Encore Chorale
Sunday, May 3 3:00pm Patuxent Presbyterian Church, California MD Southern Maryland Encore Chorale with AACC Encore singers
Tuesday, May 5 7:00pm Sherwood Center, Fairfax, VA Potomac Arts Academy of GMU Encore Chorale
Wednesday, May 6 1:00pm Southern Pines Senior Center, Lusby MD Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
Saturday, May 9 3:00pm Washington-Lee HS, Arlington, VA Combined Northern Virginia Encore Chorales
Saturday, May 9 3:30pm

Asbury Methodist Village (for residents only)

Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale
Saturday, May 9 7:30pm Towson Presbyterian Church, Towson, MD Towson and Greater Reading PA Encore Chorales
Tuesday, May 12 7:30pm Goodwin House Baileys (for residents only) Goodwin House Baileys and Langston Brown Encore Chorales
Wednesday, May 13 2:00pm Asbury Solomons, Solomons, MD (for residents only) Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
THursday, May 14 7:30 pm Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC Smithsonian AM and PM Encore Chorales
Friday, May 15 7:30pm Convergence, Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Encore Chorale
Saturday, May 16  3:00 pm AACC Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Arnold, MD
AACC, Southern Maryland and Towson Encore Chorales
Sunday, May 17 3:00 pm Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD Combined Montgomery County Encore Chorales

Encore Travels to Cuba!

Cantores-CF-and-EncoreOn 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. VIEW VIDEO SLIDE SHOW OF THE TRIP HERE.

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 kicked off the week of January 12, 2015.  We have a wonderful repertoire this semester ---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 over 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 6850Join with singers from across the country at one or both of our Encore Chorale Summer Choral Institutes, to be held in June and August 2015.

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

Our 2014 program was held at Washington College and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the campus, the fantastic rehearsal and performance space, and the lovely surroundings of Chestertown, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. The suite-style accommodations in the residence halls proved comfortable, and a big lounge on each floor offered a place for singers to gather after our evening entertainment to enjoy a glass of wine and socializing. We'll offer movement class each morning, rehearse a great repertoire in two sessions (AM and PM) and will offer optional vocal technique classes mid-day. In the evening, we'll enjoy a concert/recital to include performances by Elizabeth Kluegel, Soprano and Lewis Freeman, Baritone on Sunday, World Music Percussionist Tom Teasley on Monday, and the West Shore Piano Trio on Wednesday.  We'll end our week with a finale performance for friends, family and the community in the concert hall. The sheet music will be sent to participants ahead of arrival so you have a chance to get familiar with it beforehand. Singers may be seated for rehearsals and performances, and all levels of vocal experience are welcome. Join us for a wonderful week of meeting new friends and singing great music! Click here to download the brochure and the registration form for the Washington College program. Online registration using a credit card is available here.  

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. 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.


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.

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...

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. The Encore Federal EIN number is 30-040278.

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!











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!