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Encore’s Sixth Annual Institutes at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Chautauqua Institution are rapidly approaching! If you're not already among the many who are registered, don't delay!  The first Institute, at St. Mary's College of Maryland, is limited to 100 singers! Space is limited so register soon.  Details below:

01_st_marys_2011_55The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Institute will be June 18-22, 2013. As always, the Choral Program will be conducted by Encore Founder and Executive Director Jeanne Kelly. Co-conducting this year will be Krystal Rickard McCoy, director of Encore’s Southern Maryland Chorale and St. Maries Musica.

For more complete information, cancellation/refund policy, and to register for St. Mary's download a brochure and registration form here.

bbdsc_0427Encore returns to the Chautauqua Institution for the sixth year August 25-30, 2013. As in 2012, the Institute will include Choral, Theatre and Movement Tracks.

The Choral Track will be co-conducted by Jeanne Kelly and Barry Talley, retired Director of Music Activities at the United States Naval Academy.

Dr. Stuart Kandell, Founder of Stagebridge Theatre in Oakland, California, and David Barnet, professor of theatre at University of Alberta, Canada, will again direct the Theatre Track, while Shula Strassfeld of Dance Exchange will return to teach the Movement program.

The Movement program encourages participation from those with all levels of experience and ability to develop and share movement and stories. This year the program will focus on themes of tradition, family, place and belonging since the main focus of the week is Fiddler on the Roof.  Participants will also work on choreography for two specific songs from the show.

The Chautauqua brochure and registration form can be downloaded here.

If you prefer to register online (Encore will send you an invoice), CLICK HERE to register for St. Mary's.  CLICK HERE to register for Chautauqua.

Read about the 2012 Encore Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and view photos HERE.

Read about the 2012 Encore Institute at the Chautauqua Institution HERE.

Our St. Mary's Institute evening concert performances and our Encore finale are all open to the public.  Click here to read more about the performances open to all!

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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!

"The best part about being my age is in knowing how my life worked out. Sure, there's a lot more living to go, but there isn't much doubt that I'll always be the 'Dilbert guy.' "Unless I go on a crime spree, in which case I'll be 'that stabbin' Dilbert guy.'" Scott Adams (1957 - ), The Benefits of Getting Old, Dilbert Blog, 08-22-06

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As of September 2016, Encore has fifteen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD area, as well as five new Encore ROCKS locations. Additionally, Encore continues to expand across the nation, with Affiliate Chorales at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Northeast Iowa School of Music, Dubuque, IA; Littleton and Highlands Ranch, CO; Santa Clarita, CA; and six in the Chicago area. With over 1,200 singers, we believe we are the largest choral organization in the U.S.!

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 instructional class/rehearsals with our seasoned and professional conductors.

The Chorale classes, designed for adults 55 years and above, are educational 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!