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  • About the Goodwin House Alexandria Chorale (2)

    02_gha_holiday_concert_2008The singers at GHA were the very first older adult chorale under the direction of Jeanne Kelly. They started in 2000, and the average age of the members was 80. These terrific singers were the reason Kelly was asked to participate in the Creativity and Aging Study under Dr. Gene Cohen. This group has remained tried and true, setting an example for the other chorales to follow.  Many of the great singers from 2000 are still happily singing. Now that is dedication!

     

     

  • About the Lorton Encore Chorale


    Join the Encore Chorale at Lorton for our Fourth Full Season at the Workhouse Arts Center

    If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have never sung outside the shower, join other music enthusiasts for a weekly rehearsal of seasonal and holiday music with professional conductorJeanne Kelly.

    The class, designed for adults 55 years and above is instructive as well as enjoyable. Learn proper breathing techniques and how to improve your voice through tone production as Kelly guides participants through weekly rehearsals in three- and four-part singing.The season will conclude with a performance with other Encore Chorales at high profile locations around the DC area. Be a part of a true harmonic convergence—if you can talk, you can sing!

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    Workhouse Concert May 1, 2010


    No auditions required

    Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 P.M.

    Next season will begin September 8, 2010

    Fee: $145

    Location:  Workhouse Arts Center

    9517 Workhouse Way

    Lorton, VA 22079

    (703) 495-0001

    Click Here to Register for This Program

     

     

  • About the Goodwin House Alexandria Chorale

    02_gha_holiday_concert_2008The singers at GHA were the very first older adult chorale under the direction of Jeanne Kelly. They started in 2000, and the average age of the members was 80. These terrific singers were the reason Kelly was asked to participate in the Creativity and Aging Study under Dr. Gene Cohen. This group has remained tried and true, setting an example for the other chorales to follow.  Many of the great singers from 2000 are still happily singing. Now that is dedication!

     

     

  • Encore Chorale at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton

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  • About Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads

    20 ghbc holiday 2008The Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads Encore Chorale takes the prize for their marvelous sight-reading ability. Their skills are amazing! And they are growing in size. The chorale welcomes Connie Wilmot, soprano, and baritone Bob & alto Mary Jane Campbell who have joined us beginning with the Winter-Spring 2009 season. Connie is the wife of baritone and pianist extraordinaire Ben Wilmot.

    A huge BRAVO to Bill Harves (baritone of courseWink) whose very handsome picture appeared in an issue of  U.S. News & World Report. He was also interviewed in the online version of the story, Keeping Your Brain Fit . Bill's brain is always working overtime. Way to go Bill!!

  • 2008 Holiday Concert a Hit at Goodwin House Alexandria

    04_gha_holiday_concert_2008On Tuesday, December 9th, residents of Goodwin House Alexandria were treated to a wonderful concert by the combined Encore Chorales of Goodwin House Alexandria, Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, and the Langston-Brown Senior Center of Arlington.  The audience filled the auditorium and spilled out into adjacent corridors.  The singers were in rare form, putting on one of their best performances ever.  Chorale members Sundie Kostic and Nancy Hamrik provided outstanding solo performances and singer Ben Wilmot performed a medley of Christmas favoritses on the piano.  Paul Nelson accompanied Happy Hannukah on the trumpet.

    Click Here to Go to the Photo Gallery of the Concert

     

  • Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads Holiday Concert 2008

    18 ghbc holiday 2008It was Standing Room Only at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads for the first Encore Chorale Holiday Concert of the season.  About 90 singers from the Goodwin Houses of Bailey's Crossroads and Alexandria, as well as the Langston-Brown Senior Center gave an appreciative audience a one hour concert of holiday favorites.  Several Goodwin House Bailey's residents were featured performers, including soloists Sundie Kostic and Nancy Hamrik.  Dr. Ben Wilmot, a self-taught pianist who learns and plays all his music "by ear," provided a wonderful interlude in the form of a holiday song medley.  A great time was had by all.  See photo gallery below.

    Click Here to Go to Photo Gallery of the Concert

  • About the Smithsonian Encore Chorale

    The Smithsonian Encore Chorale is part of the Smithsonian Associates Program . Since it began with 22 singers in the fall of 2007, it has quadrupled in size to over 120 enthusiastic individuals who are really into the "singing thing." Their enthusiasm and energy really come through in their terrific sound. The 2012-2013 seasons included exciting performances at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, as well as several other locations around the metropolitan DC area.  Encore looks forward to even more growth!

    Encore Chorale at the Smithsonian Institution

    If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have never sung outside the shower, join other music enthusiasts for a weekly rehearsal of seasonal and holiday music with professional conductorJeanne Kelly.

    The class, designed for adults 55 years and above is instructive as well as enjoyable. Learn proper breathing techniques and how to improve your voice through tone production as Kelly guides participants through weekly rehearsals in four-part singing.The season will conclude with a performance with other Encore Chorales at high profile locations around the DC area, including the Kennedy Center. Be a part of a true harmonic convergence—if you can talk, you can sing!

     

     

     

     

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    Smithsonian Encore Chorale at the American Indian Museum, December 2011

     


    No auditions required

    Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 10:30am - Noon

    Fall season began September 4, 2013

    Fee: $180 / Non-Member Fee $215

    Catalog Code: 1H0-873

    Location:  Smithsonian Institution, Ripley Center

    1100 Jefferson Drive, SW

    Washington, DC

    (202) 633-3030

    Click Here to Register for This Program

  • Encore Chorale Schedule

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    Now with thirteen Chorale locations in the DC/VA/MD area, and our affiliates at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio; Reading, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Sarasota, Florida, we are over 700 singers strong! Our newest Chorale location, begun in September 2013, is in Alexandria, Virginia.  Coming in January 2014: Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland

    If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have never sung outside the shower, join our other music enthusiasts for a weekly rehearsal with a professional and entertaining conductor.

    The Chorale classes, designed for adults 55 years and above, are instructive as well as enjoyable. Participants learn proper breathing techniques and how to improve their voice through correct tone production as their conductor guides them through weekly rehearsals in three- and four-part singing. The season will conclude with combined performances with other Encore Chorales as well as local concerts at most Chorale locations.

    Be a part of a true harmonic convergence-if you can talk, you can sing!

  • About Langston Brown Encore Chorale

    The Langston Brown Encore Chorale is going to have to find new space soon! The Chorale is constantly growing with great new singers. Their enthusiasm and musicality is infectious. New members this year include Sherry Corbet and Louise Ingram.

    Everyone loves the music for this concert season and the sound these singers produce is proof!
  • Thinking Summer in the Middle of Winter...

    jk_portrait_v2The Wood Ducks and Canvasback Ducks remind me that winter is still upon us. They always make a winter appearance.    At least the ice in the cove and Tracys and Rockhold Creeks has melted.   I get concerned when the boats are iced in.  If it is really windy and the ice starts breaking up, the hulls can get damaged.   We always take our beloved Cantabile out of the water for a long winter's nap.   But I walked by her the other day on my walk thru the marina and she is ready to romp!  So are we!!!!

    We actually have day lilies pushing thru the soil and the birds are singing more.   So it is the right time for me to be full speed ahead with summer camp preparations.   I met last week with Barry Hemphill, conductor of the Metropolitan Chorus of Arlington , who will be joining me at the St. Mary's Camp in June.   We have chosen some wonderful spirituals of Moses Hogan and we will do a great Portrait of Cole Porter called It's De-Loverly.    Still looking thru music to complete the repertoire.

    Dr. Barry Talley will again join me at Chautauqua Institution Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.   When he was music director at the United States Naval Academy , he wrote a very clever TV Ad piece that he is arranging for four parts.  He is also doing a challenging arrangement of West Side Story for our Chautauqua singers.   It should be great fun!

    As for the Queen Mary 2 Cruise,   we will be doing music with a water theme.    I want to wait to finalize my music choices until I know exactly how many singers we have going .   Currently, we have amassed some excellent voices, but I would love to have two more tenors and two more baritones.   So come on guys and sign up.   We promise you a grand voyage!

    These summer programs are open to all singers 55 and over, worldwide.    And if your spouse or friends don't sing, they may come along.   There is a special St. Mary's and Chautauqua camp rate for non-singers.

    Yesterday, we went to Warrenton, VA to meet long time friends Carol and Larry Jepson.  We all lived in Crofton and raised our children  in Crofton.   I taught both their children voice.   We go back a long way.   We had a grand time visiting two wonderful wineries, Marterella and the Mediterranean Wineries.  The rolling hills and gorgeous homes abound and needless to say, the wine was chez magnifique!   I use French because Thomas Jefferson was the one who really started the wine movement in Virginia . And he travelled extensively in France.   He loved French wine.   Who wouldn't!!!

    This morning I had a stimulating conversation with Donna Anderson, director of the Laurel Lake Retirement Community Chorus in Northeast Ohio.   She has a chorus of 55 great singers and it keeps growing.   We have been emailing back and forth and she had asked how her chorus could become part of the Encore network.   Well, Encore came up with an affiliate program and I hope Laurel Lakes Chorus is the first taker.  Very exciting indeed.  More to come on this.  We did talk about getting many of the retirement community choruses of Northeast Ohio together for an Encore three day camp.  Sounds fun to me.

    At the last Myerberg rehearsal, a gentleman came in, sat down and just wanted to listen.   That is fine with me.   But I guess our singing lulled him to sleep.  So we all hummed Brahms Lullaby and he just kept on sleeping.   Ah, the power of music to soothe!

    That's it for today.   My husband said I could not leave the house until I wrote a blog.   So here it is!   Now, can we go!

  • Dr. Gene Cohen Congratulations

    gene_cohenWe all recognize that the voices of older persons in society are being increasingly heard.  Now we are discovering that the singing voices of older persons are becoming more audible and can develop in later life among those who never gave their vocal cords a creative chance with music.  That's what Jeanne Kelly's new program, Encore: Creativity for Older Adults, is all about-a new venue for accessing your creative potential through music and song.  Moreover, a major new study on creativity and aging, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Institutes of Health showed that singing is very good for your physical and mental health with aging.  Jeanne Kelly and I should know, since I conducted the research and she conducted the music in the study.  Those in the study who learned to sing in their mid-90s, and improved, made the case and the concerts.  It's never too late to start singing and to sing well.  Bravo Encore!

    Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, George Washington University & author of "The Creative Age" and "The Mature Mind"

  • Encore Chorale's Fourth Year at Schweinhaut!

    Encore Creativity for Older Adults brings Encore Chorale back to the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring for our fifth year this spring! In its first year, the Chorale grew to be one of Encore's largest with over 60 singers coming together every week for music and fun.

    Join the over 650 older adult singers who meet weekly around the MD/DC/VA area toexplore their voices and learn challenging and fun choral repertoire under professional conductor Jeanne Kelly. If you have sung sometime in your life, want to return to singing, or have sung your entire life, join the Encore Chorale at Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

    The class is instructive as well as enjoyable. Learn proper breathing techniques and how to improve your speaking and singing voice as Kelly guides singers through weekly rehearsals in four-part singing.

    Kelly is the former director of the Levine School ofMusic Arlington Campus, and was conductor of the Georgetown University Concert Choir, and MusicDirector of the U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club. She founded Encore Creativity for Older Adults, a nonprofit organization.

    There are currently seventeen Encore Chorales inMaryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Utah.

     

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    Schweinhaut Chorale Members at the Kennedy Center, December 2009

    Encore Chorale

    No auditions require.  Singers may be seated for rehearsals and performances.

    Fall rehearsals Mondays beginning September 9, 2013

    10:30am - Noon

    Tuition: $145.00 for 15 weeks

    Location:Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center

    1000 Forest Glen
    Silver Spring, MD 20901

    240-777-8085

    Click Here to Register for This Program

  • Encore Offers Dance Program at BalletNOVA

    jane_franklinRetired? Don't be a couch potato! Spend your Wednesday afternoons dancing!

    In Dance Technique for Active Older Adults, Jane Franklin offers methods to integrate and refine movement while increasing flexibility, coordination and strength. The class consists of standing stretches, rhythmic patterns and dance sequences partnering with other class members.  Individual experience is acknowledged, no matter age, past training or physical proficiency

    Instructor Jane Franklinreceived a MFA from the Ohio State University as University Fellow and certification from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies.  She is the Artistic Director of Jane Franklin Dance, a Washington DC metro area dance company that incorporates active participation in dance by people of all ages; performances outdoors, in galleries and non-traditional sites; and collaborations blending dance with media and visual arts. • Jane Franklin is a recipient of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Creative Communities Initiative grant and has received multiple state and local grants for projects that cross artistic disciplines.• Most recently, Jane Franklin was selected for the 2010 Source Festival “Artistic Blind Dates,” for Forward 5, is a professional development program of Dance/MetroDC , and to present a site specific performance for the Dance/USA at the Swedish Embassy. A STAR Award recipient for “Outstanding Community Outreach,” Jane Franklin Dance’s ongoing projects include work with the Senior Adult community, Forty+ – a performing group of older adults committed to the joys of movement past the age of 40 – and after school projects for youth. Jane Franklin Dance tours for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Paul Mellon Arts in Education Program and the Virginia Commission’s Tour Directory.

     

    LOCATION: BalletNOVA Center for Dance 3443 Carlin Springs Rd. Falls Church, VA 22041
    Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm Beginning September 15th
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL ENCORE AT
    (301) 261-5747
  • Sing Aboard the Queen Mary 2, July 6-13, 2011!

    000_group_photo_qm2_2009Join singers, 55 years of age and older, from across the country for six days of rehearsing and performing exciting choral music aboard the most elegant ship at sea! Encore Creativity for Older Adults and Preferred Travel, Inc., invite you to Sing at Sea, as we take our second Singing at Sea journey across the Atlantic in sophisticated style aboard the grandest, most maginificent ocean liner ever built - the Queen Mary 2©. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to work with dynamic conductor Jeanne Kelly, founder and director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.

    In six days, Jeanne will turn this group of singers, regardless of experience, into a polished choral ensemble, ready to perform musical selections appropriate to the occasion before a world-class audience on a world-class stage. Join us for this truly unique adventure! Each day will begin with breakfast in the elegant Britannia© Restaurant, where participants will dine together for all meals. This will give us an opportunity to socialize and get to know one another outside of our scheduled rehearsal times. After breakfast and a stroll around the deck, we will gather for a full two-hour choral rehearsal. We will be performing "seafaring" music in four parts. Then enjoy all this incredible ship has to offer.

    From bow to stern, discover 14 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you normally never have time for. Stylish public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.  On the final full day of the cruise, our now fully rehearsed and prepared chorus will take to the stage to perform for the ship's passengers during afternoon tea in the opulent Queens Room.  What a memorable finale to an extraordinary week!  Read the essential details below, then download our brochure and other informational literature:

  • Singing at Sea

    qm2landingheadshipJoin singers, 55 years of age and older, from across the country for five days of rehearsing and performing exciting choral music aboard the most elegant ship at sea! Encore Creativity for Older Adults and Preferred Travel, Inc., invite you to Sing at Sea, as we cross the Atlantic in sophisticated style aboard the grandest, most maginificent ocean liner ever built - the Queen Mary 2©. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to work with dynamic conductor Jeanne Kelly, founder and director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.

    In five days, Jeanne will turn this group of singers, regardless of experience, into a polished choral ensemble, ready to perform musical selections appropriate to the occasion before a world-class audience on a world-class stage. Join us for this truly unique adventure! Each day will begin with breakfast in the elegant Britannia© Restaurant, where participants will dine together for all meals. This will give us an opportunity to socialize and get to know one another outside of our scheduled rehearsal times. After breakfast and a stroll around the deck, we will gather for a full two-hour choral rehearsal. We will be performing "seafaring" music in four parts. Then enjoy all this incredible ship has to offer.

    From bow to stern, discover 14 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you normally never have time for. Stylish public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.  On the final full day of the cruise, our now fully rehearsed and prepared chorus will take to the stage to perform for the ship's passengers during afternoon tea in the opulent Queens Room.  What a memorable finale to an extraordinary week!  Read the essential details below, then download our brochure and other informational literature:

  • Think Summer!


    01_StMarysCampSpring has only just begun, but Encore is busy planning our return to St. Mary’s College of Maryland and The Chautauqua Institution in New York for our Second Annual Summer “Sleep Away” Camps for Older Adults, June 16-20, and August 31-September 4, 2009, respectively.

    Whether you have sung your entire life, or have not sung for quite a few years—whatever your level of experience is— you will love Encore Chorale Camp. The instructors are patient, knowledgeable and entertaining. In five days they will mold the group into a polished choral ensemble, ready to perform!

    Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to work with dynamic conductor Jeanne Kelly, founder and director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults. Joining Jeanne at St. Mary's will be Barry Hemphill, Music Director of the Metropolitan Chorus, Arlington, VA.  Dr. Barry Talley, retired Director of Musical Activities at the United States Naval Academy, returns for his second year as co-conductor at Chautauqua.

    Each day will begin with breakfast to energize us for a morning that will include movement class, followed by a full choral rehearsal. After lunch there will be an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Once back to work, there will be vocal technique classes, sectionals and sight singing class—as well as another full rehearsal.  Evenings, we will enjoy dinner by a variety of musical entertainment programs.

    Camp will conclude on the final day with a the campers performing a concert for family, friends and the local community.  For all the details, download our brochures and registration forms here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 301-261-5747. Of course, that's not all!  Sandwiched between the camps will be our Singing at Sea Cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2®. Details below.  It's going to be quite a busy summer!

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  • St. Mary's Camp 2008 Photo Album Part II

    St. Mary's College Choral Camp

    2008 Photo Gallery

    PART II

    Click Here to Go to Part I

    Click Here to Go to Part III

    Click on First Photo Below to Launch Photo Slide Show. Click in Upper Right Corner of Photo to Advance to the Next Picture - or click on individual photo to expand view (26 Photos).

     

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  • Summer 2008 Ends on High Note(s) at Chautauqua

    The Encore Chorale Camp at Chautauqua Institution, August 26-30, 2008, was a huge success.  Thirty-nine campers from ten states and Canada gathered at Chautauqua to rehearse challenging choral music, enjoy the beautiful grounds, spend five wonderful days at the lovely historic Athenaeum Hotel, listen to marvelous recitals and perform a grand final choral concert.  Long lasting friendships were made as the group rehearsed together, took relaxing walks and enjoyed sumptuous meals at the hotel.  It was a truly marvelous experience.

    View photos of the camp (in three parts) by clicking on links below:



  • Chautauqua 2008 Camp Photos Part II

    Chautauqua Choral Camp

    2008 Photo Gallery

     

    PART II

    Click Here to Go to Part I

    Click Here to Go to Part III

    Click on First Photo Below to Launch Photo Slide Show. Click in Upper Right Corner of Photo to Advance to the Next Picture (20 Photos) or click on any photo to view

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  • Chautauqua 2008 Camp Photos Part III

    Chautauqua Choral Camp

    2008 Photo Gallery

     

    PART III

    Click Here to Go to Part I

    Click Here to Go to Part II

    Click on First Photo Below to Launch Photo Slide Show. Click in Upper Right Corner of Photo to Advance to the Next Picture (18 Photos) or click on any photo to view

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  • Holiday Concert at the Kennedy Center 2008

    The combined Encore Chorale presented a wonderful and very entertaining holiday concert on December 16th on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Seven Encore Chorales with over 220 singers combined to perform before overflowing and enthusiastic audiences.  They were joined by the Polymnia Bells, directed by Melodie Feather, Jean Keister Kellogg, soprano and Paul Nelson, trumpet.

    The concert began with their signature holiday piece It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Eddie Pola and George Wyle.   They have opened every holiday concert with this selection since 2001.   Many singers sang without looking at the scores, smiling and truly enjoying the moment.  The next piece, Sing We Now of Christmas, the singers were joined by the Polymnia Bells and soprano, Jean Keister Kellogg.   The tempo was brisk and the entrances and cutoffs were sharp.  Ms. Kellogg’s crystal clear voice soared above the chorale.  Ms. Kellogg  sang the lovely, gentle melody in Bless All the Children by Gustav Holst and Christina Rossetti and the choir beautifully complemented Ms. Kellogg’s warm, rich and expressive singing.   One of the most beautiful moments in the concert was the stunning performance of Like the Snow, written by Vicki Tucker Courtney.  The singers truly loved singing this piece, spinning out expressive phrases and singing with precise diction and gorgeous tone.  The audience showed its appreciation.  The tempo picked up with Gaudeamus Hodie which translates to "Let Us Rejoice Today."  This is a festive piece, although in a minor key and the singers sang it with conviction.  By the end, they were truly rejoicing. 

    The bells continued the concert with their sweet and angelic playing of Christmas Jubilation, written by Dan Edwards, ringing in the sounds of the season.  The ringers ranged in age from a seventh grader to adults.  They were a real joy to watch and hear.

    The Encore Chorale continued with the well known Christmas Waltz by Julu Stein.  The beautifully arched phrasing made for the perfect waltz feeling.  The smiles on their faces said it all.   They were having the time of their life on stage……..all 220 of them, ages 55 to 97. 

    The bells continued with a rousing and crowd pleasing On This Day Earth Shall Ring by Cathy Moklebust.   The energetic and driving drum solo set the mood.  A big applause!

    Happy Hanukkah, written by Carol Boyd Leon of Fairfax, VA was rhythmic and melodious and a real joy to sing, especially with the composer in the audience.

    The singers were joined by Paul Nelson on the trumpet.  The trumpet obligato gaily complemented the vocal line and it was a true delight.  After the piece ended, Ms. Boyd Leon came up to acknowledge the applause and the chorale.   She was most pleased with the performance.

    The concert kept building with the jubilant singing of Variations on Jingle Bells by John Pierpont, arranged by Mark Hayes.  The singers were joined by the bells and Ms. Kellogg. The piece starts off with a “Barbara Streisand” singing of Jingle Bells, certainly not the Jingle Bells everyone knows, and the singers sang it with incredible energy and precision at a breakneck tempo. The piece has a waltz section, a great jazz variation, and then comes the masterpiece, the classical variation.  Ms. Kellogg joined the singers for this variation, incorporating fabulous and precise coloratura singing.   Her final cadence of this movement offered coloratura passages from Magic Flute and the Messiah.   It was a complete hoot!   The audience broke into applause and bravos, but the piece went on!  The finale of the piece offers another Barbara Streisand variation with singers driving the rhythm, the bells ringing wildly and the soprano singing with fabulous high tones.  It ended with a rousing eleventh chord, everyone giving it their all.   The audience went wild and the singers accomplished a very difficult piece with finesse and great stage presence.  It was a huge success.

    Enjoy our photo slide show of the event. Click on the the first photo below to launch the slide show, then click on the right side of each photo to advance to the next slide - or click on any individual photo to view:

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  • Smithsonian Chorale Holiday Concert at the Kogod Courtyard 2008

    00kogod2008The Smithsonian Resident Associates Encore Chorale, sixty-five singers strong, performed its Holiday Concert at the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian's Reynolds Center, home of the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, on Saturday December 13th, 2009.  The Courtyard is one of the largest public event spaces in Washington, and the chorale did an excellent job of filling it - all the way up to the elegant glass canopy - with beautiful holiday music. Special thanks to Paul Nelson for his solo trumpet performance accompanying Happy Hannukah. Museum goers, as well as chorale members' family and friends, enjoyed the nearly one hour concert on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon.  Director Jeanne Kelly received many inquiries about Encore from audience members after the concert.  Looking forward to seeing new members in January!

    Click on the first photo below to open a photo slide show of the concert. Click in the upper right corner of each photo to advance to the next - or click on any photo to view.

    (Thanks to photographer Jeff Malet for the first seven photos. Larry Kelly took the rest.)

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  • Summer 2008 Ends on High Note(s) at Chautauqua

    The Encore Chorale Camp at Chautauqua Institution, August 26-30, 2008, was a huge success.  Thirty-nine campers from ten states and Canada gathered at Chautauqua to rehearse challenging choral music, enjoy the beautiful grounds, spend five wonderful days at the lovely historic Athenaeum Hotel, listen to marvelous recitals and perform a grand final choral concert.  Long lasting friendships were made as the group rehearsed together, took relaxing walks and enjoyed sumptuous meals at the hotel.  It was a truly marvelous experience.

    View photos of the camp (in three parts) by clicking on links below: