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  • Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads Combined Chorales May 12, 2009

    It was SRO at GHBC on Tuesday evening as the combined chorales of Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads and Alexandria, and the Langston Brown Center put on a lively show for the residents

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  • Smithsonian Audio

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  • We're In High Gear Now!

    sg-02This past week has been amazing! The concerts has been simply marvelous and I am still walking around on a high. Let's see...........we started our concert season with the Potomac Academy at George Mason University and Lorton Encore Chorales performing on April 21 for the the Haven of Northern Virginia. We performed at the Woodlands Retirement Community where the Potomac singers rehearse. It was a lovely luncheon for the volunteers of Haven and the singers beautiful performance added so much to the event. Then the Smithsonian Encore Chorale performed to a packed and very appreciative audience at the Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum on April 26. That was a very spirited and uplifting concert. We all had a ball, including the audience. Then on Monday, May 4, the Myerberg Encore Chorale performed for the Temple Beth El Sisterhood Luncheon. Another great performance! And on May 5, singers from Langston Brown Senior Center, Lorton, Potomac Academy at GMU and Smithsonian gave a simply superb concert at St. George's Methodist Church in Fairfax (picture on left). It was pouring cats and dogs and the traffic was a huge mess, but we all got there and those singers really performed. We were joined by soprano Carol Gilmore and her husband Harry, piano. The audience loved us and we all had such a great time up there. The comments were just terrific. We all felt really good about that one. And the next night singers from Langston, and the Goodwin Houses of Alexandria and Baileys Crossroads joined forces to give a wonderful concert at Goodwin House Alexandria. There was not an empty seat. Another great concert. And the next day, the Myerberg Encore Chorale gave a really great concert at the North Oaks Retirement Community in Baltimore. The audience loved the music and three gentlemen came up afterwards and asked if they could join the chorale! Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!

    So today is Friday, and I am moving a little slow! I messed around in the garden planting some herbs, including catnip for our beloved Spicy and Spencer. The kitties put on quite a show when they have that fresh catnip. They act like they have had a little too much to drink. Wink Then I put a coat of varnish on some of the boat wood, and then the mail came. Wow. There is a wonderful article in the magazine Outlook By the Bay -"for the Bay Boomer and Beyond" - on Encore! It talks about the chorales and the camps and the cruises. And they printed the photo of us all on the Kennedy Center stage. Quite impressive if I must say so myself. I imagine our phone will be ringing off the hook. Hooray!

    Coming up next week we have a concert at Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads and then a big concert at the Arlington Unitarian Church with the VA and DC chorales Friday night. Then on Sunday the Myerberg Chorale gives a big performance at the Myerberg Senior Center in conjunction with their art show.

    Quite a concert schedule. And they are all really amazing. I am one lucky lady to be doing this work!

    Then I will take a long nap! But oh, I can't... It's camp time! First St. Mary's College of Maryland, then the QM2, then Chautauqua, then it all starts again in the fall - with even more chorales! Oh me!

  • A Message from Myerberg's Carolyn Shochet

    Hello Jeanne and fellow Encore singers ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Our world is getting larger, musically speaking. We did a fantastic program for Beth El Sisterhood on Monday, My 4...so many people made a point of telling me how beautiful we sounded. Our late Cantor Emeritus, Cantor Saul Hammerman's wife stopped me to say how wonderful we were and how much she enjoyed herself.. and she's a very talented musician in her own right! Sooooo, Bravo,Bravisimmo! Until tomorrow....sounds like a song doesn't it?!

    Carolyn Shochet

  • Two New Chorales in MD and VA

    Encore Creativity for Older Adults is pleased to announce the opening of two new Encore Chorales for the fall, 2011 season.

    robertrudolph2The Messiah United Methodist Church of Springfield, VA will be the home of our tenth Encore Chorale.  Robert Rudolph will be conducting the chorale which will rehearse on Wednesdays at 1:30 to 3:00pm beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7.   The church is located at 6215 Rolling Road in Springfield, VA.

    Robert is the Director of Music Ministry at Messiah United Methodist and brings a energetic and charismatic personality along with excellent musical and conducting skills to Encore Chorale.   Along with his  sixty voice chancel choir,  he is the artistic director for Music at Messiah concert series which presents a 100 voice festival choir of singers throughout the Northern VA area performing major oratorios.  He has also developed the Messiah Project, a youth based music program that includes youth choir, band, orchestra and dance.  He is an accomplished, pianist, organist and baritone soloist.

    Robert has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of PA and a Master of Music from Duquesne Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA.   Encore welcomes Robert Rudolf and his Springfield Encore Chorale!

    krichard1Our eleventh Encore Chorale will be located in beautiful Southern Maryland at the Asbury-Solomons Island Retirement Community.  Krystal Rickard McCoy will be at the helm of the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale which will rehearse Thursdays, beginning September 8 from 11am to 12:30pm. Asbury-Solomons Island is located at 11100 Asbury Circle in Solomons, MD.  Rehearsals will take place in the South Apartment Building Club House.

    Krystal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, studying under Joseph Flummerfelt.  Her vocal performance experience includes soprano roles in Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.

    She has conducted the University Singers, Concert Choir and co-directed Schola Cantorum at the University of Delaware.   Her high school choirs in the New Jersey Public School System won superior awards at competitions, performed in Carnegie Hall, and traveled to Sydney, Australia to perform in the Sydney Opera House.   Krystal is the conductor of St. Maries Musica, a select community choir based in Southern Maryland and is president of Maryland/DC American Choral Director’s Association.   Encore welcomes Krystal Rickard McCoy and her Southern Maryland Encore Chorale!

    Our complete list of Chorale locations and rehearsal times is below Registration is now open. Sign up now by going to our registration page.

    Chorale Locations

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    Day/Start
    Time
    Location
    Monday
    Sept 12
    10:30-12:00 Schweinhaut Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD
    Monday
    Sept 12
    2:00-3:30 Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
    Tuesday
    Sept 6
    11:00-12:30 Potomac Academy/The Woodlands, Fairfax, VA
    Tuesday
    Sept 6
    2:00-3:30 Langston-Brown Senior Center, Arlington, VA
    Tuesday
    Sep 6
    3:00-4:15 Laurel Lake, Hudson, OH
    Wednesday
    Sept 7
    10:30-12:00 Smithsonian. Washington, DC
    Wednesday
    Sept 7
    1:30-3:00
    Thursday
    Sept 8
    10:30-12:00 Myerberg Senior Center, Baltimore, MD
    Thursday
    Sept 8
    11:00-12:30 Asbury-Solomons Island Retirement Community
    Thursday
    Sept 8
    1:30-3:00 Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo, MD
    Friday
    Sept 9
    10:30-12:00 Goodwin House Alexandria, VA
    Friday
    Sept 9
    1:00-2:30 Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, VA

  • Encore Announces Winter/Spring 2011 Schedule

    After a record-setting Fall season that saw Encore grow to over 500 singers in five states plus the District of Columbia, the Winter-Spring session promises to be even bigger and better!   Encore Creativity for Older Adults has twelve chorales for adults, 55 years of age and older, in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, DC. Our complete list of Chorale locations and rehearsal times is below Registration is now open. Sign up now by going to our registration page.

    Chorale Locations

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    Day/Start
    Time
    Location
    Monday
    Jan 24
    10:30-12:00 Schweinhaut Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD
    Monday
    Jan 24
    2:00-3:30 Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
    Tuesday
    Jan 18
    11:00-12:30 Potomac Academy/The Woodlands, Fairfax, VA
    Tuesday
    Jan 18
    2:00-3:30 Langston-Brown Senior Center, Arlington, VA
    Tuesday
    (Ongoing)
    3:00-4:15 Laurel Lake, Hudson, OH
    Wednesday
    Jan 19
    10:30-12:00 Smithsonian. Washington, DC
    Thursday
    Jan 13
    11:00-12:30 Myerberg Senior Center, Baltimore, MD
    Thursday
    Jan 13
    2:00-3:30 Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo, MD
    Thursday
    Jan 13
    10:00-11:45 First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, PA
    Friday
    Jan 14
    10:30-12:00 Goodwin House Alexandria, VA
    Friday
    Jan 14
    1:00-2:30 Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, VA

  • Concerts are Over - And I've Got a Cold!

    JK_Boat_042509Here I sit, with a really miserable cold and cough and the weather is perfect. I am really grateful the cold waited to get me until I was done with all the concerts.

    I just loved those concerts. Everyone was different - and there were nine of them! The audiences responded with loud applause (even some standing ovations!) and wonderful comments. We all felt enormously gratified and lucky we could give back to our communities.And our audiences are surely growing - and we are growing out of our concert space! Oh me!

    Now it is on to the summer camps. I am so challenged with a recorder (all things electronic, actually)! I sat for three hours the other day recording the camp music, only to find out that none of it was taped. So that is on my schedule for today. But unfortunately they will only get their voice parts via piano. I also have laryngitis. One singer commented that now I couldn't say "watch me." No voice.

    It is very nice to be home this week, even if I am not up to par. I was fortunate enough to see the Schooner Virginia sailing down the bay yesterday afternoon with all her sails up. Really beautiful. And a deer showed up in our front yard, a little confused. It looked like he was going to take a swim in the bay and then he just ran off.

    On Sunday evening, I looked out the window and saw the cruise ship Celebrity Mercury cruising by. This is the ship our singers will be sailing on out of Baltimore January 2 on our second Encore "Singing at Sea" journey. I can't wait for this. I love Charleston and Key West and I have never been to Nassau or Coco Cay so this will be lots of fun. And getting away in January is always good. But wait...........first I get to go on the Queen Mary 2 in July! I don't think I can really call my job "work." At least not the music part of it. I never thought I would have this much fun working.I just wished I would have started Encore a long time ago.

    I'd better go and tape those parts for the camp rehearsal CD. Not much time left. It's almost Memorial Day. Where did spring go????

  • Encore Announces Fall 2010 Schedule

    Encore will be teaming with the Washington Conservatory to bring our ninth chorale to the MD/DC/VA area beginning in September.  Encore Creativity for Older Adults now has twelve chorales for adults, 55 years of age and older, in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, DC. Our complete list of Chorale locations and rehearsal times is below. Encore's Dance/Movement program, at Ballet NOVA resumes under the direction of Jane Franklin beginning Wednesday, September 15th . Registration is now open. Sign up now by going to our registration page.

    Chorale Locations

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    Time
    Location
    Monday
    Sept 13
    10:30-12:00 Schweinhaut Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD
    Monday
    Sept 13
    2:00-3:30 Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
    Tuesday
    Sept 7
    11:00-12:30 Potomac Academy/The Woodlands, Fairfax, VA
    Tuesday
    Sept 7
    2:00-3:30 Langston-Brown Senior Center, Arlington, VA
    Tuesday
    (Ongoing)
    3:00-4:15 Laurel Lake, Hudson, OH
    Wednesday
    Sept 8
    10:30-12:00 Smithsonian. Washington, DC
    Thursday
    Sept 16
    11:00-12:30 Myerberg Senior Center, Baltimore, MD
    Thursday
    Sept 16
    2:00-3:30 Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo, MD
    Thursday
    Sept 9
    10:00-11:45 First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, PA
    Friday
    Sept 10
    10:30-12:00 Goodwin House Alexandria, VA
    Friday
    Sept 10
    1:00-2:30 Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, VA

  • Register for Any of Our Twelve Chorales Now!

    With the January addition of IONA Senior Services in Washington, DC, Encore Creativity for Older Adults now has twelve chorales for adults, 55 years of age and older, in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Our complete list of Chorale locations and rehearsal times is below. Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring season, set to begin in January. Sign up now by going to our registration page.

    Chorale Locations

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    Day/Start
    Time
    Location
    Monday
    Jan 25
    10:30-12:00 Schweinhaut Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD
    Tuesday
    Jan 12
    11:00-12:30 Potomac Academy/The Woodlands, Fairfax, VA
    Tuesday
    Jan 12
    2:00-3:30 Langston-Brown Senior Center, Arlington, VA
    Tuesday
    (Ongoing)
    3:00-4:15 Laurel Lake, Hudson, OH
    Wednesday
    Jan 13
    10:30-12:00 Smithsonian. Washington, DC
    Wednesday
    Jan 13
    1:00-2:30 Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
    Thursday
    Jan 14
    11:00-12:30 Myerberg Senior Center, Baltimore, MD
    Thursday
    Jan 28
    2:00-3:30 Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
    Thursday
    Jan 28
    10:00-11:45 First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, PA
    Friday
    Jan 15
    10:30-12:00 Goodwin House Alexandria, VA
    Friday
    Jan 15
    1:00-2:30 Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, VA
    Friday
    Jan 15
    1:00-2:30 Iona Senior Services

  • Snake!

    snakeThat was one huge snake.   I mean gigantic!   And just when I was thinking of putting my kayak in the water to take a glide around the cove.   I don't think so.   If there is one thing that really freaks me out, it is a snake.   It is a particularly beautiful, clear morning and I decided to look thru my binoculars at the water and I saw this snake glide thru the water.....fast.   The closer it got, the bigger it got.  And bigger and bigger.  It came up onto the concrete breakwater and that thing was four feet long and thick.  I was standing in my house and I was scared to death!   So I ventured down to the dock to see if I could get a better look.  I figured it couldn't get up on the dock.   But believe me,  I was cautious.   I couldn't see it.  So somewhere, near our house, it is lurking.  No kayaking today, thank you.

    There is always something to see on the water.   It is quite beautiful to see a heron fly over and land in front of our house.   He looks prehistoric.   I never get tired of watching.

    We have a concert this evening at the Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads.   I always get so excited about concerts.   The singers are always so up.   And the Goodwin Houses are always packed.   Great audiences.    And this afternoon, I have been invited to Annapolis to the Governor of Maryland Leadership in Aging Awards.   Encore was nominated!   Even if we don't get the award, we have been noticed.   And that will help us spread the word about Encore.   And since we are opening an Encore Chorale this fall at the Anne Arundel Community College, it is great visibility. I am honored.

    Before I go, I am making sure the screened in porch door is as tight as I can get it.   I don't want to come home and find a snake lounging on my porch furniture!

  • Season Ends with Nine Smashing Concerts

    uuca_spring_2009_01The seven Encore Chorales closed the spring season with a series of fabulous concerts.   The exciting Smithsonian Encore Chorale April 26 concert at the Kogod was previously featured (read article here).  Next came the May 5 concert featuring chorales from Smithsonian, Potomac Academy at GMU, Lorton and Langston.    It was a night of distinct contrasts…….horrible weather, miserable traffic and a fantastic concert!    The evening repertoire included Opera non Terrore by Phyllis Wolfe-Wight, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco by Verdi, Lambscapes by Eric Lane Darnes, Ching-A-Ring-Chaw by Copland, Shenandoah and Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls.   The singers delighted their audience with an evening of great singing and energy.  Carol Gilmore of the Lorton Chorale joined the chorus with a very funny solo I Never Did Like Opera and her Lambscapes was clever and very well done.  She was joined by her husband, Harry Gilmore to sing the beautiful Summertime from Porgy and Bess.  It was stunning. Arleigh Rice, Hart Sebring and Bill Harris did an outstanding job in their Guys and Dolls solos. The audience was truly given a prize for braving the weather.

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    The next concert was at the Goodwin House of Alexandria. There is always standing room only when the Encore Chorales presents their concerts, including singers from the Goodwin Houses and Langston Brown. The singers certainly did please their audience.  Joyce Summers sang beautifully in Opera non Terrore and Lambscapes.   At GHA,  Bill Hamilton, Phil Smith and KT Johnson certainly did have fun with their solos opening the Guys and Dolls medley.   Janet Bond had a Brooklyn blast with Adelaide and  Fred Gatchell put a lot of pizzaz in his Rockin the Boatsolos.   The audience loved the choice of music.   And it was apparent that the singers did also.   Ben Wilmot, a GHBC resident, mesmerized the audience with lovely tunes of love on the piano, including How Deep is the Ocean,  The Nearness of You, Love Walked Right In, Just One of Those Things and All the Things You Are.

    At Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads,  the same concert was presented but with a change in soloists.   Joyce Summers again expressively sang I Never Did Like Opera and Nancy Hamrik was lovely in Lambscapes.   The Goodwin House Baileys men pulled out the stops in their Guys and Dolls solos.    Having a blast were Ben Wilmot, Al Olson and Bob Campbell.   In fact they had such a great time, they did it again!  And of course, all the little lambs “baaaahing” were funny as could be.

    On May 15,  singers from Encore Chorales of Langston, Goodwin Houses, Smithsonian, Potomac Academy Academy of GMU and Lorton joined forces to sing an electrifying concert in front of about 250 very appreciative listeners at the Arlington Unitarian Church.   The same repertoire listed above was presented and the singers were joined by soprano soloist Jean Kellogg.   Jean had performed with the chorales at the Kennedy Center for the 2008 holiday concert and her return was most welcomed by all.   She helped  open the evening with the soprano solo I Never Did Like Opera in Opera non Terrore and her winning stage presence and final high C  started the evening in high gear.   She continued with Quando men Vo from Puccini’s La Boheme and  Juliet’s Waltz from  Romeo and Juliet.  Her beautiful soprano voice and her elegance on stage allowed her to present a fantastic performance.  The thunderous applause was proof.

    The Encore Chorale was attentive, energized and ready to please their audience.  Their diction was clear, their sound full of warmth and energy and they clearly were loving every minute on stage.   The concert ended with the rousing Guys and Dolls starting with soloists Fred Gatchell, Malcolm Agnew and Bob Campbell.   They were so much fun to listen to.

    ghbc_051209-34Janet Bond again sneezed and used her Brooklyn accent to accentuate Adelaide and Ed Villade sang the Rockin the Boat solos with great tone.   The whole choir was rockin at the conclusion of Guys and Dolls.   The audience cheered and it was simply a fabulous evening.

    Then on Sunday, May 17,   the Myerberg Encore Chorale presented their very own concert in conjunction with the Myerberg Senior Center Art Show.    It was a spectacular afternoon.  The art work was superb and the Encore Chorale really delivered to their standing room only audience.   Soprano Betty Wren had a ball with I Never Did Like Opera and Ron Fradkin and Ed Hankin were really great in their Guys and Dolls solos.   Their closing of Guys and Dolls brought the house down.   A truly wonderful afternoon!

    And with that, the spring 2009 season for Encore Chorale came to a close.    Now it is on to the summer camps and the Queen Mary 2 cruise and of course planning for the new Encore Chorales opening in the fall at Anne Arundel Community College and Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring.    Encore keeps blasting ahead!

  • Combined Chorales Concert May 15, 2009

    Members of the Chorales of the Goodwin Houses, Langston Brown, Smithsonian, Workhouse Arts Center, and Potomac Academy of GMU joined forces to perform an outstanding concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington on May 15, 2009. The audience of over 200 gave the chorales a well-deserved standing ovation.

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  • Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads Combined Chorales May 12, 2009

    It was SRO at GHBC on Tuesday evening as the combined chorales of Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads and Alexandria, and the Langston Brown Center put on a lively show for the residents

    CLICK ON ANY PHOTO BELOW TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW OF THE CONCERT. CLICK ON RIGHT SIDE OF PHOTO TO ADVANCE TO NEXT.

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  • Combined Chorales Concert May 5, 2009

    Despite the bad weather, there was a good turnout for the May 5th concert of the combined chorales from the Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton, Langston Brown, Potomac Academy of GMU, and the Smithsonian.  The singers were in top form.

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