A Spectacular September
September is almost gone. Now how on earth did that happen?! The last time I blogged was from Chautauqua. Our Encore Chorale Institute at Chautauqua was a huge success. 85 very happy and talented singers had a blast. They loved the challenge and beautiful surroundings. What a great week it was! Then I returned for two days of sailing and attending the Annapolis Symphony Quiet Waters Park Labor Day concert. Our talented daughter Heather Haughn plays in the violin section. Our grandsons, Lucas and Trevor, always love that concert. They go right up front and watch their Auntie Heather very carefully. We all bring food for a great picnic and we all wish summer was not coming to an end. And of course I had the opening of 17 Encore Chorales on my mind. So, on September 8, our chorales started in full swing. Our new chorales, Reston, Frederick and Columbia opened with excitement and our new ROCK n ROLL Chorus at the Smithsonian begins October 8. It is a sell-out with 114 singers! Holy Cow!! Our very energetic and talented Jeff Dokken will direct that chorus. Can’t wait for that one to start.
After a rained out September 21 NATS/Orioles game, 40 Smithsonian Encore members went back to NATS Park to sing the National Anthem on Sept. 24. They were terrific. As many of us were walking to our seats after singing, fans stopped the singers to tell them how great they were. Nice!!
The grand total of Encore singers for fall 2015 is....drum roll please…ready?..... 941! Onward and upward!