We are just finishing up our second week of Encore rehearsals with the new spring music. HOORAY.....the singers love the music. And a big hooray for all the wonderful, new singers in each of our chorales. The Smithsonian Encore Chorale has about 75 singers, and they are quite good, many with lots of experience and energy. And you wouldn't believe the tenors and baritones/basses. I couldn't be happier!
Potomac is steady with the same great, smart singers and we have added one more from the Woodlands Retirement Community. Woodlands put on such a lovely tea for us and we had some folks sit in on the rehearsal. Langston Brown is very strong and continues to grow. They are at about 57 singers, but we are looking for a few more "good men."
Lorton has added some excellent singers with great voices and a high level of sight reading. And Myerberg is growing growing growing. Again, do you know any men in Baltimore? Laughing The Goodwin House Alexandria has recruited a husband and wife team and these singers continue with their excellent sight reading and Goodwin House Bailey's has brought is four new residents with great skills.
The singers love the rehearsals. Who wouldn't? The music is so much fun! I can't wait for the concerts.
I had a meeting with Anne Arundel Community College last week and we will be starting an Encore Chorale on Mondays, starting next fall, to be precise.....the Monday after Labor Day. So I will finally be in my neck of the woods. I am very excited about being in Annapolis. There are lots of retired folks in that area, and with no auditions and challenging and fun repertoire, I am sure it will be a hit.
I am amazed that singers drive great distances to sing with Encore. Marge Lynch drives to the Smithsonian every week from Bridgeville, Delaware! And Ruth Marshall drives from Port Republic, MD to sing at the Smithsonian. Amazing. I truly admire their burning desire to sing.
I am still on a huge high from the Inauguration. Larry and I were glued to the TV. No, we didn't make it to the Mall for the celebration. The warmth of our home was way too comfortable. And I'm not a fan of the cold. But it was a truly glorious day!