Encore Affiliates Shine
Laurel Lake Encore Chorale in concert
We have just finished week four of Encore rehearsals and the singers love the repertoire and they are loving the challenge. I am impressed at how fast they are learning. But they are Encore singers! Of course they are great!
I want to brag about our Encore Affiliates.
The Greater Reading Encore Chorale has about 45 singers under the great direction of David Rutt. The Northeast Iowa School of Music has doubled in size to 25 under the direction of Sue Flogel. Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH under the excellent direction of Donna Anderson now boasts 80 singers! Mary Lou Prince has a small but happy group of singers in Salt Lake City.
Three new chorales have begun this fall. Brian Leatherman, conductor and Cynthia Runkel, accompanist, have started the Highlands Ranch Encore Chorale outside of Denver and they already have 75 wonderful singers!!! Brian also conducts the new Holly Creek Encore Chorale outside of Denver. And Jim Ellfeldt, with the able assistance of Roberta Kessler, has started the Santa Clarita Encore Chorale outside of LA with over 25 singers. I am so proud of these conductors and their singers. Combine those 281 singers with our local 950 singers and you have over 1,230 singers! Now, that's a great story. My hope is to some day get all our Encore singers together at a conference, singing and learning together.
Who would have thought nine years ago when I started Encore that we would enjoy so much success! Not me! But I sure am delighted!!!!