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  • Encore Welcomes Newest Affiliate

    brian_bacon_photoEncore is pleased to welcome our third affiliate organization! Director Brian Bacon plans to launch several Encore Chorale programs in the Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee areas. The first two are in Pleasant Hill and Oak Ridge:

    The Uplands Encore Chorale, begins March 30th at the Uplands Retirement Village in Pleasant Hill, TN. The Chorale will rehearse weekly on Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 A.M. Download a registration form here.

    The Oak Ridge Encore Chorale begins April 15th at the United Church, Chapel on the Hill, 85 Kentucky Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830, The Chorale will rehearse on Thursdays, 10:30am - Noon. Download a registration form here.

    Or for more information, contact Brian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 931-783-3974.

    Mr. Bacon has been the Director of Worship, Director of Music and Liturgy, and Director of Music for many churches throughout the Tennessee and Missouri area including: St. Mark the Evangelist (Independence, MO), Our Lady of Guadalupe (St. Joseph, MO), Sand Branch United Methodist (Knoxville, TN), United Church: Chapel On the Hill (Oak Ridge, TN) and First Christian Church: Disciples of Christ (Rockwood, TN). He is a well-established conductor and singer who has performed throughout the United States and Mexico. Mr. Bacon has performed twice with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City and has had the opportunity to take two of his own choirs to perform in that same venue. His education includes Roane State Community College (Harriman, TN), where he received the Outstanding Musician Award and conducted the Roane State Chamber Choir; and Maryville College (Maryville, TN), where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music. Mr. Bacon is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the American Choral Director’s Association.

  • Smithsonian Chorale Rehearsal February 2010

  • When Will I See You Again??

    img_2931aWhen will I see my singers again!  Talk about snow!!!!  About two feet so far, and it's still coming down!  Zillions and zillions of flakes. It is absolutely gorgeous, but it can stop now.  During the night our power was flickering and we were scared to death we were going to lose power.  And this morning it flickered, but luckily we are still with heat and creature comforts. 

    We did some shoveling and decided to walk out to the dock.  It definitely is blizzard conditions.  The snow is coming down sideways out of the NE and creating snow drifts of four to five feet.  So I am not sure when we will get out.  The county does not plow our streets, since we are a private neighborhood. Our neighbor, Rook, has a landscaping business and has a truck with a plow. He did the road sometime over night, but it's impassable again.  He said he can't clear the road until the county clears the road leading to our community.   So we will sit and wait.   And they are saying that another storm will appear on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Enough already.  That stupid groundhog!

    I was asked by the National Center for Creative Agingto be a webinar speaker this past Wednesday  on the topic of "Aging and Creativity - Music."  Through that webinar, we had interest from Alberta, Canada to start an Encore Chorale.  Here we grow again!  The great thing about the Webinar is that we can reach so many folks from around the country and Canada, without them incurring travel expenses.  They simply call in and watch their computer. After the speakers there is a time for questions.  Anthony Hyatt, Master Teacher for Arts for the Agingpresented with me along with Gay Hanna, Exec. Dir. of NCCA and Susan Perlstein, Founder and Dir. Of Special Projects, NCCA.   Anthony's work is primarily in nursing homes and assisted living.  It is very heartening to know that folks around the country are trying to offer the very best they can in fine arts to our aging population.   As Dr. Gene Cohen used to say............."We are way past bingo!"

    All the chorales are in full swing with growth everywhere.   The Anne Arundel Community College Chorale has doubled in size.  A few singers are still signing up but registration is just about complete with 355 singers in our nine local area chorales.   Amazing that Encore started only two years seven months ago with three chorales.  And now there are nine wonderful and energetic chorales, two great affiliate chorales, two amazing camps that get better every year,   Singing at Sea Journeys, and another affiliate chorale soon to begin in Tennessee under Brian Bacon.  So yes,   a snow day now and then is a truly wonderful thing.  But then why am I at the computer????     But really, I am not sure when I will see my singers again!    I doubt it will be Monday!

  • A Diversion from the Snow

    peggyfadeI absolutely love the Olympics. And with some time on my hands because of all this white stuff, I have been watching every second I can. Especially the skating. I bet you didn't know that I was a competitive ice skater once upon a time...........many many years ago. Peggy Fleming (picture on left - I couldn't find one of me) was my hero! Actually I was an ice dancer. Ice dancers are the ones that don't do the jumps. We did the tango and foxtrot and waltz, etc. I loved it so much. I skated in Bethlehem, PA and in the summers I would skate in Philadelphia. We would all go to skating camp. What a fun time that was!

    And every four years when the Olympics occur, I keep saying I am going to get back to skating. But now Larry says I will break something and then what happens to Encore. Actually I think he is telling me I am 60 and should act like it!

    Tomorrow we are finally getting back to Encore rehearsals after nearly two weeks of lost rehearsals due to the incredible piles of white (now becoming gray) stuff. FINALLY! We are all so ready to sing. I was at the grocery store and someone said they heard about snow next Monday. I think I gave that person a dirty look! NO MORE SNOW! NONE!

  • Encore Continues to Grow While We Wait for Spring!

    glen_echo_parkEverything is waiting for spring down here on the Chesapeake Bay.  Hundreds of sea gulls are perched out on the edge of the ice shelf waiting for the thaw to occur.  They are stunning when they all take to flight.  It is a sea of shimmering silver.  They are longing for the open and warm water.  And the snow has melted off most of the boats, leaving ragged plastic tarps flapping in the wind.  The boats are waiting for their owners to uncover them, paint their bottoms, do the brightwork and finally drop into the water.  It was funny to finally see the name on one of the boats that has been buried under snow.......her name - "Recess."    She has had a long, hard recess I would say.  The land around us is still all snow covered and still beautiful and white, unlike the city with its mounds of blackened snow.  Ah, the joys of living out in the sticks on the water.

    It is so good to be back in the swing of things again.  Everyone missed singing.  The repertoire is coming along and before you know it, May will be here and we will be in "concert mode."  But before that, it looks like Encore will be opening our tenth local area Encore Chorale at the wonderful Washington Conservatory of Musicat their Glen Echo Park campus.  What a grand place the Glen Echo Park is.  It takes you way back into the glorious days of old amusement parks and ballroom dancing.  It will be a great location for older adults to come to.  Very exciting indeed.  We are planning for our first rehearsal for April 12! 

    But before that, our third Afilliate Encore Chorale will be opening in Tennessee in March under the direction of Brian Bacon.  He is a man of talent and great energy.  I am looking forward to going down to Tennessee to meet all these singers.

    NO MORE SNOW!   Too much to do!

  • An Unexpected Guest

    zimg_3008Encore's Director of Business Operations, otherwise known as Jeanne's husband Larry, stopped by the Smithsonian Encore Chorale rehearsal this past Wednesday to take some photos of this great group of singers. Click here to see the pictures.

    Say it isn't so................snow??????  The weatherman this am said that the storm brewing in Arizona could affect the east coast in a wintery form this Wednesday.  Now that would put me over the top!

    The ice is gone from the cove and lilies are starting to come up.  Ah,  how welcome!  I think that weatherman had too much to drink!  Weatherman Kelly predicts no more snow this year.  So take my lead all you weathermen!

  • Where to Go for Dinner?

    JK_Boat_042509If you're like I am, you get a lot of jokes, warnings, "inspirational" items, videos, etc., etc., in your email.  With over 350 Encore Chorale members in the DC/MD/VA area, believe me when I say I get more than my share - most of which are victims of the "delete" button while still unopened (sorry I just don't have the time!).

    That said, a friend of Larry's sent him the one below, which he forwarded to me (that's how it goes) and I think it's priceless - and many of us can relate:

    A group of 40 year old buddies get together and discuss where they should meet for dinner.

    Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at the Cafe Royale restaurant because the waitress's there have low cut blouses and nice breasts.

    10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss and discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Cafe Royale restaurant because the food there is very good and the wine selection is good also.

    10 years later at 60 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss and discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Cafe Royale restaurant because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant is smoke free.

    10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss and discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Cafe Royale restaurant because the restaurant is wheel chair accessible and they even have an elevator.

    10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss and discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Cafe Royale restaurant and all agree that would be a great idea because they have never been there before.

     

  • Encore Teams with Washington Conservatory

    logo_color-whiteEncore has joined forces with the Washington Conservatory of Music to bring our newest Encore Chorale to WCM's Glen Echo Park campus.  The Chorale will rehearse on Mondays from 1:00pm - 2:30pm, beginning April 12th.  The Spring season will be an abbreviated one, with seven weeks of rehearsals. The Chorale will follow the normal 15 week rehearsal season, followed by public performances, beginning in September.

    The Washington Conservatory of Music was established as a non-profit music school in 1984.  In 1991 the Washington Conservatory was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on non-degree granting institutions, a distinction it proudly maintains today. Through the years the Conservatory has evolved to become an open-door admission policy school. Students of all ages and levels may study without audition under the guidance of WCM’s esteemed international artist-faculty.  WCM currently serves approximately five hundred students and fifty faculty members. Lessons are now offered in Bethesda and the District of Columbia.

    The Washington Conservatory of Music believes that music-making can be a model for peaceful cooperation in the world. Its international faculty develops every person’s innate musical gifts by challenging experienced students and uplifting new musicians of all ages. The Conservatory reflects and enriches the cosmopolitan city of Washington with concerts, individual study, and ensemble playing.

    glen_echo_parkGlen Echo Park began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly, teaching the sciences, arts, languages and literature. By the early 1900s, Glen Echo Park had become a premier amusement park, serving the Washington D.C. area until 1968. In 1971, after the federal government obtained the land, the National Park Service began managing the Park. The National Park Service collaborated with artists and arts organizations to create a rich arts program in the spirit of the original Chautauqua movement. Today, the Park's programs and facilities are managed by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc., a nonprofit organization, while the National Park Service continues its role in managing the grounds and providing historical interpretation. The mission of the Glen Echo Park Partnership is to present vibrant artistic, cultural and educational programs at Glen Echo Park and to promote the Park as a unique destination for our region's diverse population. The Partnership nurtures a dynamic community of artists and performers while preserving and managing historic facilities within this unique National Park.

    Encore is proud to be affiliated with these outstanding organizations.  Register for the Chorale by calling WCM at 301-320-2770.  For more information click here.

  • Encore Comes to Tennessee

    brian_bacon_photoEncore is pleased to welcome our third affiliate organization! Director Brian Bacon plans to launch several Encore Chorale programs in the Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee areas. The first two are in Pleasant Hill and Oak Ridge:

    The Uplands Encore Chorale, begins March 30th at the Uplands Retirement Village in Pleasant Hill, TN. The Chorale will rehearse weekly on Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 A.M. Download a registration form here.

    The Oak Ridge Encore Chorale begins April 15th at the United Church, Chapel on the Hill, 85 Kentucky Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830, The Chorale will rehearse on Thursdays, 10:30am - Noon. Download a registration form here.

    Or for more information, contact Brian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 931-783-3974.

    Mr. Bacon has been the Director of Worship, Director of Music and Liturgy, and Director of Music for many churches throughout the Tennessee and Missouri area including: St. Mark the Evangelist (Independence, MO), Our Lady of Guadalupe (St. Joseph, MO), Sand Branch United Methodist (Knoxville, TN), United Church: Chapel On the Hill (Oak Ridge, TN) and First Christian Church: Disciples of Christ (Rockwood, TN). He is a well-established conductor and singer who has performed throughout the United States and Mexico. Mr. Bacon has performed twice with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City and has had the opportunity to take two of his own choirs to perform in that same venue. His education includes Roane State Community College (Harriman, TN), where he received the Outstanding Musician Award and conducted the Roane State Chamber Choir; and Maryville College (Maryville, TN), where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music. Mr. Bacon is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the American Choral Director’s Association.

  • Paul Nelson Appointed to Board

    paul_nelsonEncore welcomes Paul L. Nelson, AIC, CPCU as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Nelson’s career in the insurance industry spans over forty years and includes experience with liability claims, and risk management. He has been the Executive Director of the ACA Insurance Trust, Inc., since 1991.

    Mr. Nelson has also served as Claims Director and Insurance Administrator for the National Food Processors Association in Washington, DC. Prior to NFPA, he was a claims adjuster and supervisor for Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company’s Washington, DC office.

    Mr. Nelson has earned the professional designation Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter through studies sponsored by the American Institute. He also earned the designation of Associate in Claims from the American Insurance Institute.

    Mr. Nelson has published numerous articles for counselors that describe the experience of practitioners, and sound ways to avoid liability difficulties./p>

    A Vietnam veteran and graduate of Mankato State University (MN), Mr. Nelson currently lives in Arlington, VA with wife Virginia.

    Mr. Nelson has been affiliated with Encore for several years and will make a significant contribution to Encore’s board as Encore continues to grow and expand across the country.