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Encore Chorale Spring 2013 Schedule

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Calling anyone who has not sung for years or those who have sung their entire life! Encore Chorale is pleased to announce our winter/spring season, starting the week of January 7th, 2013. Singers will learn about vocal technique and then rehearse music including Aaron Copland's Zions Wall, Simple Gifts and Ching-a-Ring-a Ring.   A lovely and spirited Stephen Foster collection of Camptown Races, Gentle Annie, I Dream of Jeanie and Oh, Susanna will be rehearsed as well as two gorgeous songs of hope and peace - Dream With Me and Someday is Today. Everyone will love learning George and Ira Gershwin's "Who Could Ask For Anything More" including the tunes of Love is Here to Stay, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, 'S Wonderful, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm. Rehearsal CDs are available to help you learn your part. Free community concerts, where various Encore Chorales join forces, are planned for the first week of May.
Encore is the nation's largest choral program for older adults with thirteen Encore Chorales in the DC/VA/MD area, serving over 620 singers, ages 55+. Encore stands for 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 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 Arts Center.  Music for the spring will be in preparation for the Spring concerts - detailed schedule to be announced.  Most of the Chorales are under the direction of Encore's Executive Director, Jeanne Kelly.  The Asbury~Solomons Chorale is directed by Krystal Rickard McCoy; Springfield is under the direction of Robert Rudolph; Asbury Methodist Village will be conducted by Bob Johnson; and the Leisure World of Virginia, Landsdowne, VA will be conducted by Peter Waggoner.

Encore Spring Schedule Details
(15 week semester unless otherwise indicated)
Day/Start  Program Tuition Time  Location 
January 7
Chorale $140 10:30-12:00 Schweinhaut Senior Center, Silver Spring,MD
January 7

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2:00-3:30 Anne Arundel
Community College,
Arnold, MD
January 8
Chorale  $140 11:00-
Potomac Academy/
The Woodlands,
Fairfax, VA
January 8
Chorale $145 2:00-3:30 Langston Brown Senior Center,
Arlington, VA
January 9

Chorale 10:30-12:00   
January 9

Chorale $140 1:30-3:00 Messiah UMC,
Springfield, VA
Wednesday January 9 Chorale $140
Open to All Southern Maryland Adults
January 9

Chorale $100
Reduced Rate!
Thanks to
MetLife Grant
1:30-3:00 Asbury Methodist Village Retirement Community
January 9

Chorale $100
Reduced Rate!
Thanks to
MetLife Grant

Residents Only
2:30-4:00 Leisure World,
Lansdowne, VA
January 10
Chorale  $130 for Members

$150 for
10:30-12:00 Myerberg Senior Center, Baltimore, MD
January 10

Chorale $150
$12 park fee
January 11
Chorale Residents Only 10:30-Noon Goodwin House
Alexandria, VA
January 11

Chorale Residents Only 1:00-2:30 Goodwin House
Baileys Crossroads, VA
January 8
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Hudson, OH
January 17
Chorale  $75 10:00-11:30  Greater Reading, PA 

January 28

Chorale   2:00-
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New Programs Help Set Record at Chautauqua


Encore’s Fourth Annual Summer Institute at Chautauqua Institution was a huge success.    With the additions of a Theatre Institute and Dance Institute, there were 98 creative older adults singing, acting and dancing. Attendance was more than double the previous record.   

The Encore Choral Institute was conducted by Encore Founder Jeanne Kelly and retired Director of Musical Activities at the United States Naval Academy,  Dr. John Barry Talley. Dr. Stuart Kandell, Founder of Stagebridge Theatre in Oakland, CA  and David Barnet, professor of theatre at University of Alberta, Canada,  headed up the theatre program and Shula Strassfeld of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange led the dance institute.

The students started their day with a choice of movement classes,  one high impact and strength building and one for total relaxation and stretching.  The students enjoyed an energetic rehearsal after movement.  Every afternoon,   students were invited to venture out of their chosen track and  take a vocal technique, sight reading, theatre or dance class.  Another two hour rehearsal in their major track followed.    Evenings were spent attending fabulous professional concerts with artists Hyeweon Lee, piano,   Brooke Evers, soprano and Susan Ricci, piano  and the Young People’s Chorus of Erie.   These concerts were open to the public and were very well attended.

The students stayed at the historic Athenaeum Hotel and enjoyed marvelous dining and lively conversation out on the porch after the evening concerts.   The hotel enjoys a gorgeous setting on the lake and the hotel porch is so inviting.   This year we had many commuters attending the institute from the local western New York area.

On the final day of the institute,   all  students performed.   First up was the Theatre performance in Bratton Theatre with the students teaming up to do four minute dialogues.   Fabulous performances were given from the plays Our Town, Richard the Third ,   The Visit , Death KnocksChallenge to Bureaucracy, Romance at the Supermarket,  and The Love Doctor.

Then the entire audience moved to Lenna Hall to watch the dancers perform with beautiful fluidity and creative movement.    The Encore Choral program with 75 singers closed the program performing a spirited Credo from Hayden’s Lord Nelson Mass,  followed by lovely madrigals, and  beautiful readings of As Time Goes By and It Must Have Been Moonglow.  John Barry Talley arranged a very creative Gilbert and Sullivan medley just for the Encore singers.    The concert closed with rousing and energetic performances of Rockin’ Jerusalem and Hallelujah, Get Happy!

And indeed everyone was very happy with the five days packed with learning, challenging themselves, trying something new,   being courageous, and  meeting new friends from around the country.  It was a grand closure for the 2011 Encore summer season.

Sing at Sea! Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2012

Encore will be embarking on our FIFTH Singing at Sea cruise to the Caribbean, February 25 to March 3, 2012.  Join us on the fabulous Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas as we depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico to such exotic destinations as Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Dominica, and Barbados.  The cruise is in conjunction with the Fun & Fitness Travel Club.  Details below.  Sign up now, so you don't miss out on this great opportunity!

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A Fabulous Voyage Aboard the Queen Mary 2!


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Encore Chorale celebrated a grand Singing at Sea Journey on board the elegant Queen Mary 2© ocean liner, sailing out of the Manhattan harbor on July 6.   There was much celebrating going on as the ship passed by the dramatic skyline of the city, sailing past the Statue of Liberty and finally squeaking under the Verrazano Bridge.  There were 2,500 passengers on board with a crew of 1,500.  Needless to say, the passengers were well cared for by the huge and excellent crew.  Thirty very lucky singers from Encore were on board and because their rehearsals were in the open area of the Winter Garden, they attracted ten more singers from England and the US.  Days began with a 10:00 am rehearsal and by noon the singers were ready to embark on a day of many activities offered on board.  Activities included the planetarium, movies, lectures, classes with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), chamber music concerts, relaxing on the signature green QM2 deck chairs, and high tea.  Evenings were spent dining in the elegant Britannia Restaurant, followed by excellent entertainment with the Cunard Singers and Dancers and guest artists, including actors from RADA.  There were also formal balls, including the famous Black and White Ball and the Royal Ascot Ball.   Encore was well represented with some of our singers wearing festive and creative hats.

Read more: A Fabulous Voyage Aboard the Queen Mary 2!

St. Mary's 2011 - A Huge Success!

01_st_marys_2011_official_photoThe Fourth Annual Encore Chorale Institute at St. Mary’s College, June 21 – June 25, was a huge success.   Fifty seven eager and excellent singers travelled to St. Mary’s College of Maryland to rehearse choral music, learn vocal technique and have a great time.   And a great time was had by all.

The days started with an excellent movement class taught by Shaye Moore.  She utilized Yoga, and stretching and relaxation exercises.  That got the singers ready for their first rehearsal of the day.   The voices were excellent and the blend was excellent.   Then off to lunch, followed by  a vocal technique class or a sectional rehearsal.    The singers happily rehearsed another two hours, followed by dinner.   The evenings offered excellent professional concerts presented by Saint Maries Musica, a madrigal choral ensemble performing in costume, conducted by Krystal Rickard.   They were delightful.   Brooke Evers, soprano, wowed the audience with a wonderful recital including opera, lieder and American song.   Singers also enjoyed a scenic boat cruise on the St. Mary’s River and also a tour of  Historic St. Mary’s.  Friday evening the singers enjoyed the Chesapeake Orchestra concert on the college green, conducted by Jeffrey Silberschlag, in an all Baroque concert.

The final day the Encore Choral Institute singers performed a grand finale concert, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, to a very appreciative audience.   They opened with a delightful Madrigal by Arthur Sullivan.   The diction was perfect, energy was high and the blend was excellent. They followed with a lovely performance of Vicki Tucker Courtney’s This Morning’s Paradise.  Their musicality came across with beautifully sculpted lines. Singing in the Rain was a uplifting performance and the singers truly enjoyed themselves.   A very nice touch was opening umbrellas on the final cadence.  Then on to The American Songbook with a beautiful reading of Someone to Watch Over Me by Gershwin.  The sound was passionate and the text was delivered with real sincerity.   Another Gershwin, Embraceable You, was performed with great nuance and warmth.   If I Loved You from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel showed beautiful and rich singing from both the women and men…..a real crowd pleaser.   Then on to a very entertaining and energetic performance of Make ‘Em Laugh: A Medley of Comic Songs arranged by Greg Gilpin.   It had lots of bounce and the singers had a ball performing it.   The concert closed with The Beatles When I’m Sixty Four and the audience rose to a standing ovation.   It was a fabulous and joyful climax to an exceptional five days of Encore Choral Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


Concert Blog Continued

adsc_0536WASHINGTON, DC, May 7, 2011: The Smithsonian Encore Chorale and singers from Washington Conservatory of Music Encore Chorale at Glen Echo performed a stunning concert at the beautiful National Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 7 at 11am. The bright sun lit up the stained glass windows and the church acoustics really showed the singers off.   The repertoire, listed above, delighted the large and appreciative audience.   The singers sang with beautiful tone, exceptional diction,  and the entire concert was full of energy.   All the singers looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves and the applause was proof that they had truly performed an excellent concert. <CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY>>

adsc_0634GLEN ECHO, MD, MAY 7, 2011: Some of the same singers at National Presbyterian Church drove up to Glen Echo Park in Bethesda to join the Washington Conservatory of Music Encore Chorale for a Saturday afternoon outdoor concert at the “Cuddle Up” pavilion.   It was a gorgeous sunny day and the singers had a blast performing for their audience.   Their smiles, enthusiasm and great sound said it all.    The park is a truly wonderful treasure.  The park hosts an arts education program and is known for its antique carousel, Spanish Ballroom and Historic electric streetcar. Encore’s concert in the park was a great way to end a fabulous day of singing. <<CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY>>

FAIRFAX, VA, MAY 10, 2011: On Tuesday, May 10, the Potomac Academy of GMU Encore Chorale gave a rousing performance at the Woodlands Retirement Community in Fairfax, VA.   They sang with such vibrancy and infectious spirit.   The audience loved them.   After the concert, Woodlands gave a lovely reception for the audience and singers.    It was a great way to end the season for the singers of Potomac Academy of GMU Encore Chorale. They couldn’t have done a better job.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, MAY 10, 2011: The Encore Chorales of Goodwin House Alexandria, Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, and Langston Brown were to perform a concert at Goodwin House Alexandria Tuesday evening, May 10.   But the singers arrived to find no electricity in the building.   So no concert.   What a huge disappointment for all the singers and audience!

BALTIMORE, MD, MAY 11, 2011: Myerberg Encore Chorale and members of the AACC Encore Chorale gave a splendid concert at North Oaks Retirement Community on Wednesday, May 11. The audience loved the energized Irving Berlin melodies. The singers gave it their all and their efforts were very much appreciated. The singers broke out the straw hats for Doin’ What Comes Naturally and some of the male singers wore black Army baseball hats to sing This is the Army. A great evening was enjoyed by both singers and audience.

ARNOLD, MD, MAY 12, 2011: 130 singers from the Encore Chorales of AACC, Myerberg Senior Center, Scheinhaut Senior Center, Maryland residents of the Smithsonian Encore Chorale and Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo came together to perform a fabulous concert at Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College. Their large audience loved the high energy, wonderful full sound and pure delight from the singers. Guest artists were the Heart of Maryland Encore Chorale conducted by Glenn Phillips. The men sang delightful barbershop tunes and the audience particularly enjoyed the patriotic medley. Another truly great evening for Encore!

BALTIMORE, MD, MAY 15, 2011: The beautiful St. Vincent’s de Paul Roman Catholic Church of downtown Baltimore hosted the Myerberg and AACC Encore Chorales for an Encore concert on Sunday afternoon, May 15.  The acoustics showed off the singers beautifully.  The sound was rich, full and the articulation was excellent.  It was a grand setting for Encore and the audience showed their appreciation with broad smiles and thunderous applause.  Another great concert!

AKRON, OH, MAY 23, 2011: Encore’s affiliate chorale of Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio, gave a wonderful and inspiring concert on Monday, May 23, 2011.  The 45 singers performed to a standing room only audience and performed beautifully under the direction of Donna Anderson.   The evening opened with the singers performing Rodgers & Hammerstein on Broadway.  The energy level was high, the sound full, the diction clear and everyone was glued to their conductor.    Ryan Michaels, a young tenor from The University of Akron , performed a lovely rendition of You Raise Me Up.   His clear, beautiful voice rang out. LAUREL LAKE CONTINUES HERE

Spring Concert Blog



ARLINGTON, VA, MAY 6, 2011: The Virginia Encore Chorales presented a spectacular “From Berlin to Beatles” concert on Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm in the Washington-Lee High School Auditorium.  The singers wowed their audience of 350 concert goers.  They began with an energetic and spirited spiritual Great Getting’Up Mornin’ arranged by Donald Moore and the singers were off to a fabulous start. The audience was indeed in for a “great getting up concert”.   They followed with two settings of Allelujia, sung beautifully with a focused tone and excellent phrasing.   Festival Alleluia by Roger Emerson showed excellent diction and phrasing and Alleluia 2004 by Tom Benjamin displayed musical phrasing,  exciting fortes and shimmering soft tones.   Closing the first part of the concert featured another spiritual , Great Day!

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Encore Chorales Spring 2011 Concert Schedule

wl_hs_concert_may_2010May will be a busy month for the Encore Chorales, with eleven concerts scheduled!  All concerts, except at the Goodwin Houses, are free and open to the public. Schedule is below.  You may also download and print individual concert fliers HERE.

Date Time Location Chorales Singing
May 6
All Virginia Chorales, Virginia Members of Smithsonian Chorale.
May 7
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
Smithsonian Chorale
May 7
Washington Conservatory of Music Chorale
Tuesday May 10
Potomac Academy at GMU Chorale
May 10
Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales
May 11
Myerberg Chorale
Thursday May 12
7:30pm Anne Arundel Community College, Pascal Performing Art Center, Arnold, MD
Maryland Chorales, Maryland Members of Smithsonian Chorale
Guest Performers: Heart of Maryland Chorus


Heart of Maryland Chorus will Join Encore  May 12th at AACC

Sunday Mary 15
AACC and Myerberg Chorales
Monday May 16
Schweinhaut Chorale
Tuesday May 17
Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales
Monday May 23 7:00pm Laurel Lake Retirement Community, Hudson, OH

Laurel Lake Chorale


Kennedy Center Highlights Holiday Concert Season

In what has become a holiday tradition, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage has once again scheduled the Encore Chorales for a holiday concert on December 23, 2011 (view last year's performance here).  This is a prime date and will guarantee the Chorale a great audience: It's the night of the Annual Kennedy Center Messiah Sing-a-Long.  This will be the highlight of Encore's holiday concert series that will include several high-profile venues.  SAVE THE DATE(S)!

Date Time Location Chorales Singing
Nov 9
AACC and Myerberg Chorales
Dec 9
7:30pm Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD AACC, Myerberg and Southern Maryland Chorales
Dec 12
AACC Chorale
Dec 13
Potomac Academy at GMU Chorale
Tuesday Dec 13
Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales
Dec 14
1:00pm Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Chorale
Dec 14
Washington Conservatory Glen Echo Chorale
Dec 15
Southern Maryland Chorale
Dec 17
Virginia Chorales, Virginia Members of Smithsonian Chorale
Guest Performers: Jubilation Ringers


The Jubilation Ringers will Join Encore at Several Holiday Performances

Sunday Dec 18
MD Chorales and Maryland Members of Smithsonian Chorale
Guest Performer:
Jubilation Ringers
Monday Dec 19 7:00pm Laurel Lake Chorale
Dec 20
Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales
Dec 23
All Chorales
Guest Performer:
Jubilation Ringers

Another Busy Concert Season This Spring!

aadsc_0431Encore has reached the end of another busy concert season in May, when the 550 Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia Encore Chorale singers from eleven chorales  performed a total of eleven concerts.  Highlighting the season were concerts of the Virginia Chorales at the Washington-Lee High School in Arlington on May 11th (VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS HERE)  and the Maryland Chorales at the Pascal Center for the Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College on May 12th (VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS HERE). The Smithsonian Encore Chorale was thrilled to again be performing at the National Museum of the American Indian on May 9th (VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS HERE).  The Southern Maryland Encore Chorale performed at the Calvert Marine Museum in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on May 19th (VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS HERE).

Full schedule recap below:

Date Time Location Chorales Singing
Sunday May 6
Myerberg Senior Center
Myerberg Chorale
Monday May 7 7:30pm The Westchester, 4000 Cathedral Avenue, Washington DC 20016 Washington Conservatory Glen Echo Chorale SPONSORED BY FAMILY & NURSING CARE
Tuesday May 8 4:00pm Woodlands Retirement Community, Fairfax, VA Potomac Academy at GMU Chorale
Tuesday May 8
Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales (Not Open to the Public)
Wednesday May 9 1:00pm Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Chorale

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David Williams, Baritone
Thursday May 10
Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales (Not Open to the Public)
Friday   May 11 4:00pm Asbury-Solomons Retirement Community Solomons, MD Southern Maryland Chorale (Not Open to the Public)
Friday   May 11
Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA
Virginia Chorales, Virginia Members of Smithsonian Chorale. GUEST PERFORMERS: WASHINGTON-LEE HS JAZZ BAND; DAVID WILLIAMS, BARITONE
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Saturday May 12
Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
Maryland Chorales, Maryland Members of Smithsonian Chorale. GUEST PERFORMER: ST. MARIES MUSICA
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Monday May 14 7:30pm Schweinhaut Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD Schweinhaut Chorale SPONSORED BY FAMILY & NURSING CARE
Saturday May 19 2:00pm Calvert Maritime Museum, Solomons, MD Southern Maryland Chorale

Singers Enjoy "Singing at Sea"

sas_2011Encore Creativity for Older Adults' third “Singing at Sea Journey” was a huge success from beginning to end. The 25 singers boarded the huge and beautiful Navigator of the Seas on Monday, January 3, sailing out of balmy Fort Lauderdale.   Many of the passengers were on deck when the ship glided out of port in Port Everglades.   They were all excited to be on board,  and ready to visit beautiful ports, rehearse daily and enjoy the many activities that the ship offers.  The weather was fantastic for the entire cruise…………..80 degree temperatures and bright sunny skies. (VIEW PHOTO ALBUM HERE)

A lovely dinner was served the first evening followed by an exciting song and dance review.   Then off to sleep, ready to awaken for a full day at sea.

Days at sea can be relaxing or full of different activities, whatever you choose.   Encore singers enjoyed the pools and walking tracks, trivia games, movies, etc. and their first rehearsal going through new music. The singers had only six hours of rehearsal to prepare for the final concert.

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Encore Returns to St. Mary's for Fourth Choral Institute

01a-groupEncore is pleased to present our fourth annual Encore Choral Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, June 21 – 25, 2011. Singers from the mid-Atlantic region, 55 year of age or older, enjoy five days of rehearsing and performing exciting choral music on the beautiful St. Mary’s College campus.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to work with dynamic conductor Jeanne Kelly, founder and director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.

Previous Encore Choral Institutes have attracted choral singers from age 55 to 94. Kelly will offer fun and challenging repertoire, including well known classical selections, beloved American Songbook tunes, spirituals, and operetta.

Each day will begin with breakfast followed by a movement class. Then singers will come together for a full choral rehearsal. After lunch, there will be free time to be spent relaxing on the lovely St. Mary’s campus where there the college offers kayaking, tennis, swimming or just simply watching the gorgeous St. Mary’s River.

Participants can also enjoy historic St. Mary’s City, a museum of history and archeology on the site of Maryland’s colonial capital. Or choose from vocal technique classes or sectionals. Singers end the afternoon with another full choral rehearsal.

Read more: Encore Returns to St. Mary's for Fourth Choral Institute

2011 Encore Institutes at Chautauqua

aimg_3190Encore Creativity for Older Adults is pleased to join in collaboration with two of the nation’s premiere creative arts programs to present an innovative “Tenth Week” program for adults over the age of 55 at the famed Chautauqua Institution.

Encore will partner with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange based near Washington, DC, and the Stagebridge Theatre of Oakland, CA to offer three concurrent performance institutes, Choral, Dance/Movement, and Theatre, the week of August 29 to September 2, 2011.  Chautauqua Institution will be the premiere summer location in the U.S. where older singers, dancers and actors of all levels of experience can learn, play and perform.  The institutes will attract adult students from all over the country to learn a new art, or continue to perfect lifelong skills.

Read more: 2011 Encore Institutes at Chautauqua

Family & Nursing Care to Sponsor Concert

Encore is pleased to announce we will partner with Family & Nursing Care® as the sponsor of Encore's December 19th concert at the new Cafritz Arts Center on the campus of Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland. The concert will include all of Encore's Maryland Chorales (Schweinhaut Senior Center, Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo, Anne Arundel Community College, and Myberberg Senior Center), as well as members of the Smithsonian Encore Chorale.  Also performing will be members of Washington Conservatory and Montgomery County Community Orchestras.


Family & Nursing Care, family owned and operated since 1968, has long been recognized as the area’s leading and most highly regarded resource for private duty home care. We specialize in helping families maintain a balanced lifestyle by referring experienced caregivers who provide a range of personalized services that meet the individual needs of each client. Our hallmark is finding that special match between each client and caregiver. Service is provided in Maryland (ALL of Montgomery and Prince George's counties) and Washington, DC. Learn more at www.familynursingcare.com.

Singing at Sea Cruise Updates

qm2landingheadshipEncore has been notified by our partner, Fun & Fitness Cruises, that the reservation deadline for the January 3-10, 2011 Singing at Sea Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Royal Navigator has been extended. So...you can still sign up! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

AND...For those waiting for the July 6-13 Cruise to England aboard the Queen Mary 2©, Cunard has announced a limited time significantly discounted rate, which Encore cannot publish.  If you are interested please call Christine Moore at Preferred Travel.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

Past participants in Encore's Singing at Sea Cruises have had a ball. Don't miss out on one (or both) of these upcoming opportunities!

A Great End to the Summer at Chautauqua!

aaimg_3187The third annual Encore Chorale Camp at Chautauqua was a resounding success in every way.  There were 49 happy campers form Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania , Delaware, Washington, DC and Ontario, Canada who travelled to Chautauqua Institution in Western New York for a fabulous week of learning and performing choral music.  After registration at the beautiful Athenaeum Hotel on Monday at noon, the singers dove right in to their first choral rehearsal, singing thru all the pieces to give them an idea of the hard work ahead.  A lovely reception and dinner was next on the agenda, followed by a brilliant concert of “Encores for Encore” by violinist Heather Haughn and pianist Jay DeWire.  The tired campers were early in bed that first night.

The campers started Tuesday with a huge breakfast and then off to movement/dance class led by Peg Wallos-Barrett. It was a great class with lots of moving to get the singers warmed up for their morning choral rehearsal.  Rehearsal started with sectionals for the men and women and then the singers joined forces for the remainder of the rehearsal.  With just two rehearsals under their belt, they were already sounding quite good.   After lunch there was soprano technique class and  male  sectionals. Then the singers  enjoyed a lovely cruise on the paddle boat Chautauqua Belle.  It was indeed a very nice way to spend a l ate hot afternoon cruising on Chautauqua Lake.  The campers returned to the hotel  for a happy hour and then another fabulous dinner.  That evening they rehearsed The Music Man with camp guest conductor Dr. Barry Talley, retired musical director of the United States Naval Academy.  After rehearsing The Music Man, especially arranged for them by Dr. Talley, they were certainly pumped up and the hotel set up a cash bar. The singers enjoyed sitting out on the grand porch, enjoying New York wine, the lake breeze  and getting to know one another.

Wednesday started with movement class and then off to sectionals to nail down parts.  The singers still thought they needed more work on parts, so after lunch, they did more sectional work and then a full rehearsal.  The sound of the chorale was really starting to take shape.  It was a long but very productive day of rehearsing.  After yet another excellent dinner on the hotel porch overlooking the lake,  the singers attended a delightful concert performed by mezzo-soprano Jane Potter-Baumer, the Indiana, PA Encore Chorale Director.  She sang the best of Broadway and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening after a long day.  It was early to bed that night for most of the singers.

Thursday brought more sectionals and full rehearsals.  The singers were becoming confident with their singing and the sound was exciting.  Their strong musicianship was evident and they were close to performance level.  Thursday evening the singers enjoyed a performance by the comedy improvisation company Unexpected Guests.  Very funny indeed.  It was a good way to wind down from an exhausting day.

Friday morning, some of the diehards attended the final movement class.  It was also check-out time and then off to their final rehearsal. Lunch was served at the hotel and a special celebration of Betty Wren’s 74th birthday and Barry and Marcia Talley’s wedding anniversary.  But the big event was the 50th wedding anniversary of Frank and Karen Gould that day. The hotel served a beautiful cake and the singers serenaded the bride and groom.  Then it was out on the steps of the grand hotel for their camp picture.  The singers looked magnificent in their black Encore tee shirts.

The grand finale concert began at 2pm and the singers opened with Dona Nobis Pacem from Haydn’s Orgelmesse.  The tempo was brisk and the singing was precise and energetic.  They followed the Haydn with Handel’s And the Glory of the Lord from Messiah, with Dr. Talley conducting.  The sound was exciting and strong and the singers were enjoying themselves, as was the large and appreciative audience. Then the sound exploded with the spiritual Great Gettin’ Up Mornin'.  The energy level was higher than they had ever achieved in rehearsal. Following this was a beautiful reading of Bright Morning Stars – a Kentucky Hymn. Closing this portion of the concert, the singers gave a highly spirited performance of Great Day!   The singers were truly having a blast up on stage.

Then it was time to turn down the mood with beautiful and sincere performances of Gershwin’s But Not for Me and Embraceable You. The sound was shimmering. The grand finale came with a rousing performance of The Music Man, arranged by Talley.  The chorale chose to have not one, but five Harold Hills!  It worked well.   It was a ambitious and exciting piece to end the concert.  All the hard work the singers put into this arrangement really was evident. And the audience loved it.

After the concert, everyone said good bye to one another with lots of hugs and kisses until next year.  There will be many repeat campers.  These excellent singers learned a lot about their voices, met great friends, ate copious amounts of excellent food, enjoyed superb but hot weather, experienced the incredible sights and atmosphere of the Chautauqua Institution and gave a great final camp performance.  It was indeed a great way to spend five days!


Chorales to Perform at Kennedy Center

kc2009_1The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage has once again booked the combined Encore Chorales for a holiday concert on December 23, 2010 (view last year's performance here).  This is a prime date and will guarantee the Chorale a great audience: It's the night of the Annual Kennedy Center Messiah Sing-a-Long.  This will be the highlight of Encore's holiday concert series that will include several high-profile venues.  SAVE THE DATE(S)!

Saturday, Dec. 11,  3pm  Kenmore Middle School in Arlington (Virginia and Smithsonian Chorales) featuring the Columbia Flute Choir.  (Download Flier Here)

Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:00pm Washington Conservatory of Music Glen Echo Chorale

Wednesday, Dec. 15, noon  Happenings Stage at Shakespeare Theatre (Smithsonian Chorale)

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7:30pm Goodwin House Alexandria (Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales) - Note: Residents Only

Sunday, Dec. 19,  3 pm  The new Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Montgomery College in Takoma Park (Maryland and Smithsonian Chorales with Members of Washington Conservatory and Montgomery Symphony Orchestras)  SPONSORED BY FAMILY & NURSING CARE®  (Download Flier Here) (Get Directions Here)

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 4pm, The Woodlands Retirement Community (Potomac Academy of GMU Encore Chorale) 

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm, Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads (Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown Chorales) - Note: Residents Only

Thursday, Dec. 23, 6pm  on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center (Members of all area Encore Chorales)

Free "Sing-In" Rehearsals

Suffering from the summer doldrums? Come sing with Encore!  Encore will present four FREE "sing-in" rehearsals in the month of August.  The rehearsals will be conducted by Encore Director Jeanne Kelly at two convenient Northern Virginia locations. Join her and a lively and fun group of older adults at any or all of these sessions.

Tuesdays August 10 & 17 11:00am-12:30pm
Woodlands Retirement Community
4320 Forest Drive
Fairfax, VA
Refreshments will be served
Thursdays August 12 & 19  2:00-3:30pm
Glen Echo Park
South Arcade Building (next to Adventure Theater)
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Bethesdea, MD

Please call Encore at 301-261-5747 to reserve your space!

Encore Offers Free Entertainment Programs at Chautauqua

Encore Chorale Camp at Chautauqua Institution announces FREE recitals and entertainment at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall – Tenth Week

Monday, August 30        7:30pm          West Shore Duo, Heather Haughn, Violin, Jay Dewire, Piano performing “Encores for Encore,”  including Schumann’s Traumerei and Horowitz’s Carmen Variations.

Tuesday, August 31        4:00 to 6:00pm          Boat Cruise on the Chautauqua Belle ($12.00 per person for public.  Please call Athenaeum Hotel at 716-357-4444 for reservation.)

Wednesday, September 1,    7:30pm          Jane Potter-Baumer, Soprano, Jeanne Kelly, Piano performing An Evening of Beloved Broadway

Thursday, September 2          7:30pm          “Unexpected Guests”, a delectably funny and clever improvisation troupe

Friday, September 3               2:00pm          Encore Chorale Camp presents Grand Finale Choral Concert:  Singers, ages 55+, will perform works by Handel, Haydn, Two Great Spirituals, Gershwin and a specially written arrangement of “Music Man” for Encore Chorale campers.

About the Encore Camp:      Older adult singers, age 55 and over, will rehearse daily with conductors Jeanne Kelly, founder of Encore Creativity for Older Adults and Dr. Barry Talley, retired Director of  Musical Activities at the United States Naval Academy.  Singers will take classes in movement/dance, vocal technique, sectionals and two choral rehearsals daily. Evenings will be filled with recitals open free to the community.

Singers will be staying at the Athaneum Hotel, where they can relax on the grand porch overlooking beautiful Chautauqua Lake.  Local residents may commute, if they wish. Registration deadline is August 15, 2010.

Encore St. Mary's Camp - Fun for All!

01a-groupEncore Chorale Camp at St. Mary’s College of Maryland 2010 was a resounding success. 30 campers gathered at the beautiful St. Mary’s College of Maryland June 15 – 19 ready to eat, sleep and drink music. Each day began with a movement/dance class where the campers enjoyed the expert teaching under dancer Tiffany Haughn. She put them thru their paces limbering up their bodies and teaching them exciting dance steps. Everyone enjoyed this entertaining class.

There were two choral rehearsals daily in which the singers learned vocal technique and rehearsed their choral repertoire under Encore founder Jeanne Kelly. With only nine 1 ½ hour rehearsals to prepare for the grand camp finale concert , the singers worked diligently at learning the notes and perfecting their tone and the style of the music.

The first evening opened with a catered dinner for the campers, followed by a concert by the fabulous West Shore Piano Trio in St. Mary’s Hall. With travelling to St. Mary’s College, taking a dance class and then rehearsing, the campers slept well indeed.

On Wednesday, the campers started with dance class, then a challenging rehearsal, lunch, followed by a short break and then on to a vocal technique class. The class was taught as if it were a private voice lesson. Students had the chance to sing alone and learn what to do to produce a better sound. This was a big hit. Then on to another choral rehearsal, followed by dinner.

Wednesday evening the campers participated in a drumming circle with Alan Yellowitz of “The Beat Goes On.” It was rhythmic, crazy, fun and loud! They had a ball playing many different types of percussion instruments. Then off to the dorms for another good night of rest.

Thursday was another day of dance and choral rehearsals. Thursday evening everyone enjoyed an All-American picnic at the beautiful St. Mary’s College Sailing Center, followed by a chartered boat ride. The campers enjoyed the stunning scenery of the St. Mary’s River. Captain Bruce Scheibel gave excellent narration of the fascinating history of the area. A fabulous evening for the campers!

Friday morning the campers thoroughly enjoyed their final dance class, followed by intense choral rehearsals throughout the day in preparation for their Saturday concert. Friday evening the campers enjoyed an excellent catered dinner, followed by an outdoor concert presented by the Chesapeake Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Silberschlag. The campers enjoyed sipping wine and listening to Konzertstucke for Horns by Schumann, Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Jeffrey Chappell, pianist, and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring.” It was a spectacular evening.

Saturday was the big day and the campers were psyched. Their final camp concert was announced at the symphony concert the evening before and the singers were recognized in front of over 2000 concert goers. This was their chance to shine and shine they did!

Their repertoire included the spirited traditional folk song round of Hey Ho, Nobody’s Home, followed by the haunting melody of Black is the Color. Their sound was beautiful and focused. They sang lyrically with a lovely legato tone in Kyrie by Jay Althouse and Jazz Cantate by Andy Beck. Then they let their hair down with a rousing rendition of The Big City Sound including Theme from New York, New York, Walking to New Orleans, My Kind of Town (Chicago Is), and Hooray for Hollywood.

Closing the concert was a very spirited performance of Broadway Blockbusters from Broadways’ Longest Running Shows, including One, Beauty and the Beast, Tradition, Sun and the Moon, and Do You Hear the People Sing?

Encore Chorale Camp was a fabulous week of fun, meeting new friends with similar interests, learning more about their voices, attending excellent and professional concerts, and performing their own spectacular finale.


Indiana Encore Chorale Performs on WDAD Radio

The Indiana Encore Chorale recently visited local radio station WDAD, for an on-the-air interview and performance.  Click on the picture below for a photo slide show. Click on the right side of the current picture to advance to the next.

Maryland Chorales in Concert at Anne Arundel Community College

The Encore Chorales of Anne Arundel Community College, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, and the Myerberg Senior Center came together to fill the stage of the Robert Pascal Performing Arts Center at Anne Arundel Community College on Thursday, May 20, 2010.  Joining the performance was the Maryland Express Barbershop Quartet.  Maryland's Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Edward Chow, Jr., extended greetings from the Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, and briefly discussed benefits available to Maryland veterans.  Dr. Terry Portis, Director of AACC's Center on Aging, welcomed Encore and the audience to the AACC campus.  To view a photo album of the concert, click on the picture below. Advance to the next picture by clicking on the right side of the picture.

Schweinhaut Chorale in Concert May 17th

Approximately 60 members of the Schweinhaut Senior Center Encore Chorale performed a lively concert before a full house on Monday, May 17th, 2010. To view a photo album of the concert, click on the picture below. To advance to the next picture, click on the right side of the photo.