"...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 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!
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
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.
Join 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.
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.
It's becoming a "Tradition!" Encore and the Smithsonian Associates will host our 2nd annual Summer Musical Sing-along on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30pm at the National Museum of the American Indian theater in Washington, DC. "Fiddler on the Roof" will be shown on the big screen with Jeanne Kelly and Encore conductors leading the audience in a sing-along of the score. Bring your friends and enjoy the timeless story and sing along with unforgettable music like "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," and "To Life." Tickets are now available on the Smithsonian Associates website here. Want to spread the news? Click here to download a flyer to share with friends. Join us!
On 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.
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)|
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|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