Summer Sights and Looking Forward to a New Season!
I am convinced we have the fattest hummingbird in the world right in our flower gardens. It is gorgeous and so much fun to watch. It is enjoying quite a feast and especially loves the Rose of Sharon. And we have four yellow finches that are putting on quite a show. I wish the flowers were here year-round. Hard to think about the “S” word right now!
The Encore office has been busy this summer. No break. We have been working hard on our four new programs for the fall. We will be adding chorales in Reston, Columbia and Frederick and our new Rock n Roll Chorus at the Smithsonian already has 55 singers signed up and registration does not close until the first week of October! WOW! Jeff Dokken is directing this chorus. That’s his thing!
We have hired four new conductors. Deborah IntVeldt will take the Encore Chorale of Frederick, David Allen will lead the Landsdowne Woods Encore Chorale and David Lang with conduct the Reston Encore Chorale. Allen Laino, a newly minted doctorate in conducting from University of Maryland will co-conduct the Langston Encore Chorale and the Schweinhaut Encore Chorale with me and be available to substitute conduct. He will open the College Park Encore Chorale in January 2016. Truly wonderful additions to our conducting staff.
I just received word from our 5280+Encore Chorale outside of Denver that they had 44 singers at their Open House. SUCCESS!
I brought over 5000 pieces of music into our home on Monday! WOW! That is a lot of music. I am always nervous about the choices that are made, but Matthew Curtis who is making our rehearsal CDs called to say he thought our music was fabulous. So I am hoping the singers think so too.
Not a lot of sailing for us this summer……….it has been the kidney stone summer! Poor Larry! Surgery, infection, a lot of pain……..YUK! And he is not done! They will try and blast another big stone on Tuesday.
Finally, Encore welcomes an addition to our administration staff. Sandi Ranck has joined Jennifer and me and she is delightful and talented. We are growing!!!
We will be singing soon! But first we are off to Chautauqua for our Encore Chorale Institute. We have 85 great singers signed up and the repertoire is fabulous! Should be a challenging and fun week. And I must say I look forward to riding the ENCORE Chautauqua EXPRESS BUS with 40 singers on board!
See you all in September!!