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  • Brighton Garden Continues to Grow!

    The Encore Singers at Brighton Gardens, Tuckerman Lane, continue to draw more residents.  Under the direction of Linda Maguire, the group meets every Friday afternoon at 3:30.  Here are a few photos from a recent rehearsal.  And watch for more news of their upcoming concert!

    Click on any photo to launch slide show, then click on right side of photo to advance to the next one.

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  • Jane Potter Baumer Brings Encore to Indiana, PA

    jane_headshot_forwebJane Potter Baumer is excited to bring her twenty years of teaching voice and choral music to the directorship of the new Encore Chorale of Indiana, PA. Jane has a B.A. in Music and International Studies, with a minor in Russian, from Emory University, and an M.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois.

    Jane started her career teaching K-8 general and choral music at the Atlanta International School. While in Atlanta, she sang with the late Robert Shaw’s symphonic and chamber choirs in Atlanta, France, and Carnegie Hall. Shaw’s choirs made over a dozen recordings for the Telarc label during those years, and Jane was the Russian diction coach for his Grammy-winning recording of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

    Next, Jane taught voice, sight-singing, and music history at Mars Hill College, in Western NC. While is North Carolina, she studied voice with the late William McIver at UNC-Greensboro, and completed graduate coursework in musicology at UNC- Chapel Hill. Life took a turn here, however: Jane’s musicology coursework co-mingled with romance! So after marrying Matt, a fellow graduate student, Jane decided a family with two musicologists in it was a recipe for disaster, and abandoned musicology. She turned instead to her music education roots, and finished her teacher certification for public school music.

    Jane then became Chair of Fine Arts and Director of Choral Music at the new Northside College Preparatory High Schoolin Chicago. While there, she grew her choral program from 45 students to 225, in three years. She also oversaw a budget for six teachers, participated in the school’s leadership team, and started a Parent Fine Arts Booster Club that has since raised thousands of dollars for the arts at the school. Northside became, and remains, one of the nation’s top 100 high schools.

    When Matt finished his PhD, he accepted a job at Middle Tennessee State University, and he, Jane and their young daughter Haley moved to Murfreesboro, TN. While there, Jane taught freshman music theory at MTSU and general and choral music at a local junior high.

    Now, Matt, Jane, Haley and Hannah live in Indiana, PA, where Matt is a tenured assistant professor of music history at IUP, and Jane is in her 5th year running a home studio for voice and piano. She sings in the 24-voice professional chamber choir, The Pittsburgh Camerata, conducts the choir at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, and is the musical director for Children’s Footlight Theater at IUP in the summers.

    In addition to her work with Robert Shaw’s choirs, Jane has sung with Ohio Light Opera, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, and Berkshire Choral Festival (teaching faculty). She has been a mezzo-soprano soloist with the Asheville Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared at IUP recently in Weill’s Three Penny Opera, and as The Mother in Menotti’s The Consul.

  • Myerberg Spring Concert

    The Myerberg Encore Chorale performed before an appreciative SRO crowd on Sunday, May 17, 2009.  Click on any photo below to launch the photo gallery, then click on the right of the photo to advance to the next...

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  • Queen Mary 2 Cruise Photos!

    000_group_photo_qm2_2009We now have photos of our Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea Cruise on the web site. Thanks to Alan and Christine Moore, Brendan and Marge Lynch, and Larry for their contributions.  View the photos by clicking here
  • The Fringe Benefits of Getting Older

    JK_Boat_042509We have been tearing out our front garden flowers and replacing with less labor intensive plants.  So I have been in charge of going to the nursery to get the plants.  I've gotten mostly ornamental grasses and some lovely perennials.  Our formerly-out-of-control flower beds are looking great.  A lot of hard work is paying off.  And my daily trips to the nursery produced an interesting phenomenon.  The first day a young man saw me loading the grasses into my car and ran over to ask if he could assist.  I said thanks, but I had it under control.  The next day I was picking out some more grasses and a guy came over to ask if he could put them on my cart.  Ummmm.  I thought........gee, all this attention is nice.  But I'm not sure why.  Then the next day I was loading yet more plants and a guy came out and said I shouldn't be doing that and he would help me.  I looked at him and thought "uh huh -   it's my white hair!"  He thinks I am a little old lady!  But I must say I enjoyed looking at him while he loaded my car!  Yep, I'm a dirty old lady!

    It's been only a couple of months or so since I let my hair go white. And it's starting to get me all kinds of benefits.  Some nice guy stopped traffic in a parking lot the other day to let me cross.  Very attentive.  And I am getting discounts at the Deale Food Rite every Wednesday (Senior Discount Day).  And it is very nice to get a discount at the movies, especially with the price of tickets these days.  I figure if they are presumptuous enough to give me the discount without even asking me if I am 60, then I don't feel badly taking it.  Although admittedly, I am VERY close to turning 60.  Only two more months.  And then I'll have my annual two months of Larry talking about how he's married to an older woman (he'll turn 60 in December).  Anyway, I hope those young and cute guys keep helping this almost 60 year young white haired gal.  I love it!  

  • Why I'm Not Sailing Today

    JK_Boat_042509Nothing like a Tuesday evening sail aboard our beloved Cantabile to get my brain renewed and ready to plow into a giant schedule. I said Encore business could wait until today.  It was a gorgeous evening, sunny, mild breeze and we coasted along at a very leisurely four knots.  Ahhhh................a glass of wine, my husband and our sailboat. As the commercial says, "priceless!"

    A singer called this morning and asked why I wasn't sailing.  I leave for Chautauqua Encore Chorale Camp in four days!!!  There is much work to be done. AND we have three new Encore Chorales opening up in September at Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring, IONA Senior Services in DC, and Anne Arundel Community College near Annapolis.  AND we have our second Encore Singers group starting up on Aug. 31 at Brighton Gardens at Friendship Heights. The Encore Singers program is designed specifically for Assisted Living residents and we are seeing excellent and exciting results with our first Encore Singers at Brighton Gardens on Tuckerman Lane.  AND there are our existing seven Encore Chorales resuming the day after Labor Day with about 320 singers! That means getting about 2,240 pieces of music ready...Oh my! 

    AND I have been working with Katia and Pier Giorgio DeLucia up in Connecticut on their Affiliate Encore Chorale. AND I have been working with Jane Potter Baumer in Indiana, PA on a new Affiliate Encore Chorale there. Both Katia and Jane were voice students of mine, many years ago.  AND Donna Anderson, the very capable conductor of our first Affiliate Encore Chorale at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio, and I are planning our first Encore Chorale Workshop in Hudson for the weekend of November 14 and 15.

    AND we just received an invitation to perform at the Renwick Gallery on Dec. 5. AND I was just contacted by Fitness and Travel about a super fabulous cruise down to the Caribbean leaving Baltimore on January 3, 2011. That's right. 2011.  Our Singing At Sea Cruise leaving January 2, 2010 from Baltimore and cruising to Charleston, Key West, CoCo Cay and Nassau has attracted 55 folks!

    S A I L I N G during office hours?????????? No way!

    Chautauqua is ready for us and Encore is ready for Chautauqua.  We have 37 campers, and many of the singers have done some serious choral singing.  It should be a wonderful experience.  We will have a full report upon my return. Larry cannot attend Chautauqua so I am the photographer.  That makes him nervous.  Just point and click.  Right?

    It will be great to have the West Shore Piano Trio in concert for our Chautauqua campers.  We also invite the community and last year we had a wonderful audience.  And our daughter Heather, violinist and Jay DeWire, piano (both players in the West Shore Trio) will play a concert entitled A Night at the Opera.  Should be wonderful.  We are also presenting a very entertaining theater group Unexpected Guests. Should be fun!  And the singers will be well prepared for thei rgrand finale concert on Friday, Sept. 4 at 2pm.  I love camp!

    I must say it is nice to work in a home office. My big boy kitty, Spencer, is sound asleep on my lap.  Every now and then he moves and causes me to make typing mistakes. Or he thinks he can help by sitting on the keyboard.  And Spicy, my little girl kitty, is content on the back of the couch.  They love the screened porch but today it is a little humid.  They are pretty picky with their afternoon nap locations.

    I was wishing for another evening sail, but I just finished taping all the holiday music and we should really start burning these rehearsal CDs. It takes forever. But if the wind comes up, we're out the door.  Cool 

    Cheers!

  • First Day in Chautauqua

    JK_Boat_042509Chautauqua is a magical place.  It is a place that surrounds you with peace and beauty and when you are there, you don't want to be anywhere else.  

    Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Chautauqua Sacred Song Service, closing the 136th Assembly.  The service was entitled  "And leave my heart its song..." The service was held in the great Chautauqua Amphitheater.  It was a cold, rainy and windy evening, but there were many attending. The music was beautifully performed by The Chautauqua Choir, the hymns were sung with much gusto and meaning by the congregation and the readings were so very inspirational.   It was a truly a beautiful service.

    I slept so well, maybe because the drive up from Tracys Landing is a lovely but long one.  I had singer Ruth Marshall with me and we took the route thru the middle of Pennsylvania.  It is a gorgeous drive, but lots of different routes to take and rather tedious.  So I had a badly needed long sleep.  I woke up at 6am and decided to find some coffee downstairs in the hotel and then take a walk.  It was a perfect morning......clear, very cool.  Everywhere I looked there were perfect flowers and Victorian homes.  In the distance I heard bagpipes and walked toward the lake.  There on the dock was a gentleman playing his pipes.  The mist was coming off the lake, the sky was incredible and the haunting Scottish tunes were amazing.  I just stood there and cried.  There was nothing but beauty of sky, earth and sound.  Then, as the sun was making its bold entrance for the day, the bagpipe player burst into an Irish dance.  A Chinese gentleman danced out on the dock, a dog and his owner sat happily listening and all was perfect.  

     So Chautauqua is truly one of a kind.   It is where you can go and renew.  I plan to do that all week.

  • Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea 2009 Photo Gallery Part I

    Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea Cruise

    2009 Photo Gallery

    PART 1

    Click Here to Go to Part II

    Click Here to Go to Part III

    Click Here to Go to Part IV

    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 (18 Photos).

     

    {gallery}QM_Gallery{/gallery}
  • Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea 2009 Photo Gallery Part II

    Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea Cruise

    2009 Photo Gallery

    PART I1

    Click Here to Go to Part I

    Click Here to Go to Part III

    Click Here to Go to Part IV

    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 (28 Photos).

     

    {gallery}QM_Gallery_2{/gallery}
  • Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea 2009 Photo Gallery Part III

    Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea Cruise

    2009 Photo Gallery

    PART III

    Click Here to Go to Part I

    Click Here to Go to Part II

    Click Here to Go to Part IV

    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 (25 Photos).

     

    {gallery}QM_Gallery_3{/gallery}
  • Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea 2009 Photo Gallery Part IV

    Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea Cruise

    2009 Photo Gallery

    PART IV

    Click Here to Go to Part I

    Click Here to Go to Part II

    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 (24 Photos).

     

    {gallery}QM_Gallery_4{/gallery}
  • Queen Mary 2 Singing at Sea 2009

    000_group_photo_qm2_2009The 22 singers who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Queen Mary 2 on Encore's First Singing at Sea Cruise had a ball!  Extensive photo collection below:

    Departure and First Days

    Cruise Activities

    Cruise Activities

    Final Dress Rehearsal and Performance