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Sing with Encore in 2016!

KEL 1210-1Encore Chorale is the largest choral singing program for older adults in the country - and we invite you to join us this Winter/Spring as we start 2016 with a song!

With 18 chorales in the Baltimore-Washington DC area, there is surely a chorale near you. Our fifteen Encore Chorale programs will rehearse for 15 weeks and present concerts in May. Encore will also offer three sessions of ENCORE ROCKS this Spring in Washington DC, Bethesda and Arnold MD. DC will run for 15 weeks starting in January with concert in May, Bethesda will be a 10-week session, and the Arnold site will be 2 session/week for 3 weeks in June (6 sessions).

Encore also has 7 affiliate chorales in Hudson, OH; Reading, PA; Salt Lake City, UT; Dubuque, IA Santa Clarita CA, Cherry Creek, CO and Highlands Ranch/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!

Click READ MORE to See the full listing of all chorales, our Spring repertoire, registration links, schedule and locations.

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Sing with Encore This Fall!

KEL 1210-1Encore is the largest choral singing program for older adults in the country - and we invite you to join us this Fall as we prepare for exciting holiday concert performances.

With 20 chorales in the Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC area, there is surely a chorale near you. Our fifteen Encore Chorale programs will rehearse for 15 weeks and present choral concerts in December featuring classical and traditional holiday and seasonal music. The ENCORE ROCKS program will be offered at five locations - in Washington DC, Bethesda, Annapolis, Reston and Alexandria - also for 15 weeks with concerts in December.  

Encore also has affiliated chorales across the country and their locations and program details are available on the "Locations" tab on the website.

Encore provides artistic excellence, physical and mental benefits and the chance to socialize with people who love music. Give us a try!

Click READ MORE to See the full listing of all chorales, registration links, schedule and locations.

Read more: Sing with Encore This Fall!

Fond Memories: Sixth Annual Institute at Chautauqua

01-chautauqua class of 2013_web86 in Attendance at the Sixth Chautauqua InstituteThe sixth annual Encore Institute at Chautauqua Institution was a huge success.  68 singers, 13 actors and 5 dancers travelled to the famed Chautauqua Institution to immerse themselves in their craft.   Every morning started with a movement class to get everyone ready for an action packed day of rehearsals and classes.   The instructors worked them hard from 9 to 5.  Evenings were spent attending concerts, drinking wine on the wonderful porch of the Athenaeum Hotel where the participants stayed, or walking around the Chautauqua grounds.

The theatre students were under the direction of Stu Kandell, Founder of Stagebridge Theatre and David Barnet, professor at University of Alberta, Canada.  Shula Strassfeld of well -known Dance Exchange led the movement program.   And the singers sang under the direction of Dr. Barry Talley,  retired director of music at the United States Naval Academy and Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Director of Encore.

The grand finale concerts presented the theatre students in short scenes. Line were delivered with clear diction and their characters came to life. The dancers presented lovely, lyrical pieces they had choreographed. They moved with grace and agility.  The singers presented selections including Haydn’s The Heavens are TellingLux Aeterna by Sally K. Albrecht,  Deep Peace ( A Celtic Blessing) by Brian TateAnd So I Sing by Linda Spevacek and fabulous selections of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Their sound was a rich, full and well -focused tone full of  passion and energy.  All the participants joined forces for an exciting  collaboration of Barry Talley’s arrangement of Fiddler on the Roof.

The students were all well trained and performed brilliantly. It was indeed a week of exploration, enlightenment, tremendous talent  and pure joy.

VIEW PHOTO ALBUM HERE.

VIEW FINAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE.

Salt Lake City Welcomes Jeanne Kelly

byuradiologoEncore's newest Affiliate Chorale, in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Mary Lou Prince, begins its first season in September, 2013.  Encore's Founder and Executive Director Jeanne Kelly will visit Salt Lake City the week of July 29th and will conduct a seminar and choral workshop on Tuesday, July 30 from 2-4pm at the SLC Public Library, Main Library Auditorium located at 210 E. 400 S. in SLC.  Public parking garage available under the library at 400 S. Anyone interesting in learning more about the chorale is encouraged to attend. For more information call SLC Encore Chorale Director, Mary Lou Prince, at 520-400-0831 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On July 23rd, Jeanne was interviewed by BYU Radio personality Marcus Smith and explained the history and philosophy of Encore.  Listen to the complete interview HERE.

Ed Reichel of Reichel Recommends, a popular Utah arts and entertainment blog, interviewed Jeanne earlier this month, and his article on Encore and the new program in SLC can be read here.

Fun at St. Mary's!

St Marys 2013 Class PhotoEncore’s sixth annual Encore Chorale Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland was a huge success with 60 excellent singers from Maryland, Virginia, DC, PA and NY in attendance. The singers started each day with either a high impact movement class taught by Kystal McCoy or a yoga class taught by Washington Conservatory of music  Encore singer Mitzi Likar. Singers attended two choral rehearsals a day, conducted by Southern Maryland Encore Chorale conductor Kyrstal  McCoy and Jeanne Kelly, Encore Founder.  Participants also enjoyed vocal technique classes taught by the conductors.

Evenings were spent enjoying concerts including the wonderful Jennifer Cooper, soprano, who sang repertoire from the 1600’s all the way to present.  The Chesapeake Swing Band brought us tunes some of the campers danced to and Andrew Green, pianist,  presented campers with an educational and entertaining evening of Ragtime.

Friday evening the campers enjoyed the fabulous Chesapeake Symphony performing on the college green. The singers relaxed, drank wine and enjoyed the excellent performance and incredible weather.

Saturday afternoon the singers wowed their audience with a truly wonderful performance of music they had rehearsed all week.  <WATCH A VIDEO OF THE PERFORMANCE HERE.> <VIEW PHOTO ALBUM HERE.> The concert began with Music Brings Joy, a Canon by Russell Robinson.  The singers had a beautiful blend  and solid, rich and confident sound.  John Dowland’s Come Again Sweet Love followed, with the singers shifting nicely to a madrigal sound. Every word was understood.  Jay Althouse’s A Blessing was beautifully sung with the singers delivering the heartfelt text.  Their singing of Zion’s Walls by Aaron Copland was elegant and solid musically.

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Tres Magnifique!

aaa-paris-group-shotEncore Travelers in ParisMagnifique!  Tres magnifique!   75 Encore singers, and another 20 spouses and friends travelled to France on May 15, 2013, where they boarded Grand Circle Cruise Line’s M/S Bizet and set sail on the gorgeous Seine River, sailing from Honfleur to Paris.  

After spending the first evening in Paris, they boarded a bus, driving into Normandy to tour the Peace Memorial Museum in Caen. This state-of-the-art museum did an outstanding job of presenting the events of World War II including D-Day. It was a great tutorial for the Normandy beaches and cemetery.

After Caen, the bus travelled to Honfleur to board the Bizet where everyone enjoyed a welcome drink.  Honfleur is a beautiful town on the Seine with excellent examples of architecture, including the only half-timbered church in France.

01-honfleurGorgeous Honfleur HarborThe group was fortunate to be there for the Saturday market.  An optional visit included the Tapestry Museum of nearby Bayeux which showcased a remarkable piece of embroidered fabric 230 feet long depicting events of the 1066 Normandy invasion of England.

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Spring 2013 Concert Blog

It was another busy concert season for the Encore Chorales! 

Greater Reading Encore Chorale

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Encore’s newest affiliate, Greater Reading Encore Chorale, performed their inaugural concert Sunday, April 28 at The Alsace Lutheran Church in Reading, PA.   25 very talented singers under the direction of David Rutt presented a splendid concert to a large and enthusiastic audience.   The singers sang with a full, rich  and well blended sound and were very attentive to their conductor.   Their accompanist, Nana Rowley, was excellent and supportive.

The concert opened with a rousing Big City Sound arranged by Greg Gil.  It set the stage for an exciting afternoon.   Two Great Spirituals – Great Gettin’ Up and Great Day! were crisp and energetic. Concertschtick was a hilarious mix of old American tunes culminating with the Hallelujah Chorus.   The singers gave it humor and energy and the audience loved it.

The Alsace Ringers, guest performers,  were a wonderful addition to the concert.   They were precise and they thoroughly enjoyed playing.   Their repertoire included Song of Joy by Arnold Sherman, There’s a Song in the Air arr. By Barbara Baltzer Kinyon,  When We All Get to Heaven by Emily D. Wilson, Sing Amen, Sing! Arr. By Derek Hakes and the Finale by Igor Stravinsky.   It was exciting to hear that beautiful clear sound of a full bell choir fill the space.

The singers took center stage to present a rousing climax of patriotic music beginning with a sensitive and poignant singing of Americana by Luigi Zaninelli.  Narrator Ken Sallade and Ed Greth and solo Nancy Davidson along with the chorale did a memorable performance of The Ones Left Standing.  The audience loved this and clearly were moved by this piece. The conductor then asked the audience to sing along with a spirited Armed Forces Tribute, recognizing each branch of the service.  The concert ended with a rousing and energetic Song For the Unsung Hero.

It was indeed a grand opening for the Greater Reading Encore Chorale.   Encore salutes our newest addition. VIEW PHOTOS HERE.

Myerberg Encore Chorale

The Encore Chorale Spring Concert Season got underway on Thursday, April 18 with a concert at Myerberg Senior Center, featuring the Myerberg Encore Chorale and members of the Anne Arundel Community College Encore Chorale. The singers sang the repertoire of Ching-A-Ring Chaw, Simple Gifts, Zion’s Walls, Dream With Me, and Who Could Ask For Anything More? Their exciting and full sound filled the auditorium and delighted the audience. Cutoffs were sharp, diction was always spot on and the singers had fabulous time presenting their concert.

Read more: Spring 2013 Concert Blog

Mary Lou Prince to Conduct Salt Lake Chorale

mary_lou_prince_photo-1Mary Lou Prince is pleased to be leading the effort to bring an Encore Chorale to Salt Lake. The Chorale, which she will conduct, will begin rehearsals in September 2013.

Mary Lou Prince brings 35 years of professional experience as a conductor, composer and music educator to the Salt Lake Encore Chorale.  In Arizona she created two choirs for older adults, the Santa Rita Chorale and the La Posada Singers.   In addition to their regularly scheduled public performances, The Santa Rita Chorale became part of the community by singing at memorial services in the Tucson Medical Center Hospice Chapel and by participating in Interfaith Worship services around the Tucson area.  Performances of Prince's music by the Chorale raised money for residents of the city dump site in Nogales, Mexico, "Comin' Home", an organization in Tucson dedicated to helping homeless veterans find permanent housing, and to the Red Cross for victims of the tsunami in Japan.

Read more: Mary Lou Prince to Conduct Salt Lake Chorale

Encore Does It Again!

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For the second year in a row, Encore has been awarded a Creative Aging Program Grant from the MetLife Foundation, administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.  Encore was one of eleven arts organizations to receive a grant, which will be used to document and disseminate Encore's program "best practices" for replication across the country.  More details regarding the Creative Aging Program Grant are HERE.

Glen Echo Chorale Performs at Forum

Creativity and Aging Forum Features Encore Chorale Performance

strathmore-grand-finale-1A highly engaged group of library accessibility experts, senior adult community directors, and arts and aging advocates met on February 23, 2013 at the Mansion at the Strathmore Music Center to learn about innovative programs that are reaching older adults and increasing their access to the arts in their community.  The half-day forum featured presentations by Maura O’Malley, President/Co-Founder of Lifetime Arts and winner of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA)–MetLife Foundation Leadership Award, and Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Executive Director of Encore Creativity.   A performance by the Glen Echo Encore Chorale was a special highlight and was enthusiastically received by the program attendees.

Read more: Glen Echo Chorale Performs at Forum

Spring Concerts - One More to Go!

Encore Singers Have Had a Busy Spring Concert Season!

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After fifteen weeks of intensive rehearsals, the 18 Encore Chorales and ENCORE ROCKS choruses in the Washington DC/Baltimore area were ready to take to the stage! Concerts began in late April and most drew near standing-room-only audiences.  It's been a memorable run (see the details below, includng links to videos and photos of many of the concerts) and now we're down to one more at Glen Echo Park on Thursday, June 9th, 7:30pm in the Bumper Car Pavillion.  The concert is a double feature - both the Glen Echo Encore Chorale and the combined ENCORE ROCKS choruses from Glen Echo and DC will perform.  If you haven't yet attended a concert - or even if you have - join us for what promises to be an exciting finale to this season of music!

The calendar of concerts (with links to download concert information flyers) is available by clicking the Read More link. 

Read more: Spring Concerts - One More to Go!

Encore Holiday Concert Schedule - Please Join Us!

Mark Your Calendar and Join Us for a Fantastic Encore Holiday Concert!

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After fifteen weeks of intensive rehearsals, our Encore Chorales will take to the stage in December and provide attendees with a diverse and exciting holiday concert experience!  Our large public concerts generally have 120+ singers on stage and a full house - so arrive early!  All concerts are free and open to the public except those noted. Come for a wonderful afternoon or evening of great music!

Date Time Location Chorales Singing Download
Flyer
Saturday, Dec 6 7:00pm Convergence, Alexandria, VA Alexandria Encore Chorale  Here
Saturday, Dec 6 3:00pm Alsace Lutheran Church, Reading, PA Greater Reading Encore Chorale  
Saturday, Dec 13 3:00 pm Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA All Northern Virginia Chorales  Here
Saturday, Dec 13 3:30pm Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD (for residents and guests) Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale  
Sunday, Dec 14 3:00pm Hollywood United Methodist Church, Hollywood, MD Southern Maryland Encore Chorale  Here
Sunday, Dec 14 6:00pm South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society Salt Lake City Encore Chorale  
Tuesday, Dec 16 7:30 pm Goodwin House, Baileys Crossroads, VA (for residents only) Goodwin House Baileys and Langston Brown Encore Chorales  

Monday, Dec 15 and Tuesday, Dec 16

7:00pm and
3:00pm

Laurel Lakes Community, Hudson OH Laurel Lakes Encore Chorale  
Wednesday, Dec 17 7:00pm Leisure World, Landsdowne, VA (for residents and guests only) Leisure World Encore Chorale  
Wednesday, Dec 17 2:00pm Asbury Solomons Community (residents only) Southern Maryland Encore Chorale  
Thursday Dec 18 7:30pm Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
Smithsonian Encore Chorales
 
Friday, Dec 19  7:30 pm Towson Presbyterian Church Towson and Anne Arundel Community College Encore Chorales  Here
Saturday, Dec 20 7:30 pm AACC Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Arnold MD Anne Arundel Community College, Southern Maryland, and Towson Encore Chorales  Here
Sunday, Dec 21 3:00pm MC Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring MD

Asbury Methodist Village, Schweinhaut, and Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Encore Chorales

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Tuesday, Dec 23 6:00pm The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Washington DC

Combined Encore Chorales

 All are welcome

Get Set for 2013 Encore Summer Institutes

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!

Get Set for Chautauqua!

Encore’s Sixth Annual Institute at the Chautauqua Institution is rapidly approaching! If you're not already among the many who are registered, don't delay! Space is limited so register soon.  Details below:

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 Chautauqua.

The public is invited to our evening programs on Monday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 28.  Margaret Flanagan, Soprano, will be featured in concert on Monday August 26 at 7:30pm.  On Wednesday evening Marsha Talley, Mystery Author, will be speaking about her writing process and her books, and Brady Ryan of Grand Circle Travel will present on the upcoming "Encore Singing at Sea" journey in May 2014 from Budapest to Prague along the Danube.  Join us if you're in the area!

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

St. Mary's 2008 Camp Report

 

Happy Campers!

 

 

01_StMarysCampEncore conducted our First Annual (by acclamation) Choral Camp at St. Mary's College of Maryland , June 17-21, 2008.  It was a busy five days for the campers!  They were barely checked in to their rooms before it was time for the first of eight scheduled choral rehearsals.

Campers were treated to a Southern Barbecue reception and dinner on Tuesday evening, followed by an excellent concert by the West Shore Piano Trio.

After breakfast Wednesday morning, the campers got the "juices flowing" with a lively movement class, conducted by Tiffany Haughn. Campers called the movement class, held each morning at 9:00, one of the highlights of the week.  In four sessions, they were introduced to a variety of dance forms, including ballet, modern, jazz, mambo and rumba (with a special demonstration by rumba-dancer extraordinaire, camper Pat Baker).

Despite the intense daytime schedule, campers still had energy for evening events that included Movie Night, a two-piano recital by Hyeweon Lee and Lina Morita, and a Polynesian Buffet followed by a River Concert Series performance by the Chesapeake Orchestra, featuring Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, performed by Jon Nakamatsu.

All the week's hard work paid off with a rousing concert before on appreciative audience on Saturday afternoon.  At the end of the camp, there were lots of smiles and eager anticipation of next year!

View Camp Photo Albums - Three Parts

Click Here to View Part I

Click Here to View Part II

Click Here to View Part III