Must I be able to read music to join an Encore program?

No, but the more you sing, the more you will learn about reading notes. It is not as hard as you may think. It's a great way to keep challenging your brain. Practicing with your sheet music and the accompanying CD can be very helpful in this regard. Encore also occasionally offers sight reading classes for a nominal fee.

What do singers wear for performances?

For Encore Chorales: Women wear all black - dresses, shirts, tops (no sleeveless). Skirts and dresses should be tea length or long, with black hose and shoes. Men wear dark slacks and jackets, white shirt and tie (wild is good!), dark socks and shoes.

For Encore ROCKS: All wear dark (black) slacks or skirts and a bright solid colored shirt/blouse or a bright solid colored scarf.

It's always best to double check concert attire requirements before specific concerts as there may be changes, e.g., when performing joint concerts with Encore Chorales, Encore ROCKS attire may be changed.

What is the Repertoire for Encore Chorales and ROCKS Winter/Spring 2019 Semester?

All DC/MD/VA/NY area Encore Chorales and ROCKS Choruses will be rehearsing and performing the following repertoire for the Winter/Spring 2019 Semester:

Encore Chorale Spring 2019

  • Hallelujah, Amen from Judas Maccabaeus Handel
  • Sing, My Child Sara Quartel
  • I Am in Need of Music David Brunner
  • Omnia Sol Randall Stroope
  • Take Me to the Water Rollo Dilworth
  • Swingin’ With the Gershwins Arr. by Mac Huff
  • The Music Man Meredith Wilson arr by Clay Warnick
  • You Make Me Feel So Young Mack Gordon and Josef Myrow arr. Jay Althouse

Encore ROCKS Spring 2019

  • It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me Billy Joel
  • Rock and Roll All Nite arr. Mac Huff  (includes Barracuda, I love Rock n Roll, Rock and Roll all Nite, and Smoke on the Water)
  • Shut Up and Dance Walk the Moon
  • Choo Choo Ch’Boogie Louis Jordan
  • Jersey Boys Medley arr. Lojeski
  • Your Song Elton John
  • Old Time Rock n Roll Bob Seger

 

I can’t make it to the first two rehearsals in the upcoming season – may I still join?

Yes! Contact our office to let us know of your situation and we will make a note to hold music for you. We recommend that anyone who cannot make the first 4 weeks of rehearsals consider waiting until the next season to join. Coming in after week 4 as a new singer will be challenging. Not impossible, but challenging. Also, Encore allows singers to make up rehearsals at other locations (see FAQ item related to that.

Feel free to call our office to discuss your situation.

Does Encore ever deny or restrict participation of a singer who is over 55?

The health and safety of our singers is of paramount importance to Encore. If in the judgement of Encore’s management, a current or prospective participant in an Encore program exhibits behavioral issues (including improper conduct) that pose a direct or significant risk to singers’ health and safety, Encore reserves the right to deny that individual’s enrollment in an Encore program.

What’s your refund policy if I have to leave the chorale for some reason mid-season?

When payments are made directly to Encore, tuition refunds will be given on the following schedule:

  • Cancellation prior to the 1st rehearsal – full tuition refund.
  • Cancellations during weeks one through four of the season – prorated tuition refund minus $10 per rehearsal held, regardless of your attendance, minus a $25 materials/administrative fee.
  • No tuition refunds will be given after week four of the season.

When payments are made to one of our sponsoring organizations, such as Anne Arundel Community College or Washington Conservatory of Music, their refund policy for the class will apply. Encore does not prorate the tuition for those who miss classes. A liberal make-up policy allows for singers to make-up missed classes with other Washington DC area chorales. Contact the Encore office for specifics.

Why does Encore charge tuition?

Encore is an educational program for adults over the age of 55. Tuition is necessary for Encore to provide the highest caliber programs that meet the needs of our participants. Many factors go into determinnig tuition rates, which may vary from one location to another based on these variables. Encore keeps tuition as low as possible while addressing the realities of providing excellent and assessible programs to each of our Encore singers.  Some of the factors that determine tuition rates include:

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What forms of payment do you accept for tuition?

For those Encore programs for which you pay Encore directly, you may pay with cash or check at your first rehearsal.  We also accept credit cards via PayPal on our web site.  Online registration for those programs is located HERE.  Some of our programs are under the auspices of a sponsoring organization, e.g., AACC, Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo, Langston Brown. Registration and payment for those programs is per the requirements of the sponsoring organization. Links to those locations' registration pages are generally provided in our rehearsal schedule information on our home page during the registration period.