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  • Encore Chorale Performs on WDAD Radio

    The Indiana Encore Chorale recently visited local radio station WDAD, for an on-the-air interview and performance.  Click on the picture below for a photo slide show. Click on the right side of the current picture to advance to the next.

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  • Lorton Chorale Performs at Lorton May 1st

    Approximately 100 singers from the Lorton Encore Chorale and other area Encore Chorales performed in "The Tent" at the Workhouse Arts Center on Saturday afternoon, May 1st. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful performance before a large and appreciative audience.  Click on photo below to launch a photo slide show of the concert. Click on the right side of each photo to advance to the next picture.

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  • Schweinhaut Chorale in Concert May 17th

    Approximately 60 members of the Schweinhaut Senior Center Encore Chorale performed a lively concert before a full house on Monday, May 17th, 2010. To view a photo album of the concert, click on the picture below. To advance to the next picture, click on the right side of the photo.

    {gallery}Schweinhaut_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Maryland Chorales in Concert at Anne Arundel Community College

    The Encore Chorales of Anne Arundel Community College, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, and the Myerberg Senior Center came together to fill the stage of the Robert Pascal Performing Arts Center at Anne Arundel Community College on Thursday, May 20, 2010.  Joining the performance was the Maryland Express Barbershop Quartet.  Maryland's Secretary of Veterans Affairs,Edward Chow, Jr., extended greetings from the Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, and briefly discussed benefits available to Maryland veterans.Dr. Terry Portis, Director of AACC's Center on Aging, welcomed Encore and the audience to the AACC campus.  To view a photo album of the concert, click on the picture below. Advance to the next picture by clicking on the right side of the picture.

    {gallery}AACC_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Oops! We Got Hacked!

    hackerIf you tried to access our web site on Sunday or Monday, you got a message saying we don't exist.  Well....we do! Seems someone managed to get in "behind the scenes" and wreak some havoc on our site.  But, as you can see, we're back in business.  We apologize for any inconvenience, especially to those of you trying to get information about our summer camps or upcoming concerts.
  • Maryland Chorales in Concert at Anne Arundel Community College

    The Encore Chorales of Anne Arundel Community College, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, and the Myerberg Senior Center came together to fill the stage of the Robert Pascal Performing Arts Center at Anne Arundel Community College on Thursday, May 20, 2010.  Joining the performance was the Maryland Express Barbershop Quartet.  Maryland's Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Edward Chow, Jr., extended greetings from the Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, and briefly discussed benefits available to Maryland veterans.  Dr. Terry Portis, Director of AACC's Center on Aging, welcomed Encore and the audience to the AACC campus.  To view a photo album of the concert, click on the picture below. Advance to the next picture by clicking on the right side of the picture.

    {gallery}AACC_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Schweinhaut Chorale in Concert May 17th

    Approximately 60 members of the Schweinhaut Senior Center Encore Chorale performed a lively concert before a full house on Monday, May 17th, 2010. To view a photo album of the concert, click on the picture below. To advance to the next picture, click on the right side of the photo.

    {gallery}Schweinhaut_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Chorales Come Together for Northern Virginia Performance

    The Northern Virginia Encore Chorales, as well as members of the Smithsonian and Schweinhaut Chorales came together to perform as part of the St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Bu rke, Virginia, concert series on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. The audience was large and enthusiastic, and participated in a sing-along of song selections from The Sound of Music. View photos of the concert by clicking on the picture below. Advance to the next picture by clicking on the right side of the current picture. {gallery}St_Stephens_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Indiana Encore Chorale Performs on WDAD Radio

    The Indiana Encore Chorale recently visited local radio station WDAD, for an on-the-air interview and performance.  Click on the picture below for a photo slide show. Click on the right side of the current picture to advance to the next.

    {gallery}Indiana_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Singing at Sea in January, 2011!

    Your Hard-Earned Money
    Will Go Far on This "Singing at Sea" Cruise
    with
    Encore Creativity for Older Adults
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    8 Days/7 Nights to the WESTERN CARIBBEAN: January 3-10, 2011
    with Choir Director Jeanne Kelly. From only $679!

    Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Cayman,
    Cozumel, Ocho Rios and Labadee
    Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas is an award-winning cruise ship featuring an ice-skating rink with Ice Capades-like shows, 3 swimming pools, a miniature golf course, a Royal Promenade with duty-free boutiques and jewelry shops (pictured below), a Johnny Rockets 50’s-style diner, coffee shops, pizza parlors and more. Navigator of the Seas is a favorite of discerning travelers worldwide. All meals, entertainment, choir rehearsals and exclusive fitness classes aboard ship are included in the dues-free travel club's exclusive low price of $679 per person.
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    You can cruise for less than $100 per day. Any deposit made now can be refunded 100% for any reason up to 100 days before departure. Booking early means you'll have the best mid-ship cabins first! Better to book now and give up your reservation later with a full refund if needed, than wait to book the cruise and find out its prices are higher with the best cabins gone.
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    Each day of the cruise features choir rehearsals with Jeanne Kelly capped by a grand performance for the ship's passengers on the last day of the cruise. You can also enjoy certified fitness instructors leading water exercise classes in the ship's Solarium pool. There are late morning deck walking classes and afternoon sessions of tai chi, yoga and ballroom dancing taught by FUN & FITNESS  Program Director Jim Seeley and other certified instructors.
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    Call 800-955-9942 if you'd like to more info about this tropical winter escape cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. For more details on this cruise, VISIT THIS LINK. We look forward to saying "Welcome Aboard!"
    Happy Sailing!
  • Winding Down?

    JK_Boat_042509Encore is winding down the spring 2010 season, but......before we wind down.....................................we really wind up big time!

    We have had wonderful Encore Chorale concerts in Baltimore at the Myerberg Gala and also at their splendid Art Show. We had about 90 Encore singers perform a spirited concert at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center on a very hot Saturday afternoon under the Big Tent. That was a blast!

    This week we have concerts at Woodlands Retirement Community and Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads and on Sunday, May 16 we are in concert at St. Stephen's Methodist Church on their concert series. Then on Monday evening we are in concert at Schweinhaut Senior Center with the Schweinhaut Encore Chorale going solo, followed by a Wednesday concert at Goodwin House Alexandria. Then the two big Encore Chorale concerts are presented at Anne Arundel Community College with about 80 singers on Thursday May 20 and at Washington/Lee High School on May 21 with about 150 singers. Then I take a long sail. AHhhhhhhhhhhhh! Oop! First we do the camp at St. Mary's College.  THEN I go sailing. AHhhhhhhhh!

    The singers are totally ready for these concerts. The music is challenging and fun and the audience has loved the selections. My mind is already on our holiday music and I have been receiving ideas from many of the singers. And of course, there are many venues to consider for our holiday concerts.

    But first, we will perform with gusto and tons of energy and the singers will watch their conductor. Right??????

    Oh yes, let's not forget about that camp - there's still time to sign up.

    In other words, it never stops. Not for one second! Onward and upward.

  • The Afterglow!

    01-dsc_0253It is Monday, May 24 and I still have a huge smile on my face!  Encore's ten concerts are completed and they were simply fantastic.   They just kept getting better.   And somehow I kept having more energy to plead   "WATCH ME"  over and over.   And it worked!

    By Friday evening at our Washington-Lee concert,  the singers were staring at me and the sound was so exciting.   The Washington-Lee auditorium has great acoustics and we really sounded fabulous and huge.  I was so pleased.  We had over 170 singers.

    The hardest part of the evening is to get us lined up and seated to get the best sound.  Then I just allow the music to happen,  still shouting "watch me" as we rehearse.  But I really say "watch me" throughout the entire concert!

    I am always nervous that we will not have an audience.  Well, I certainly never had to worry about that for any of the concerts.   Lorton Workhouse Arts Center could have had a few more folks but we sure did have fun singing the concert - even in the sizzling heat.

    And Thursday evening at Anne Arundel Community College Pascal Center for the Arts, we had an almost full house.   That was our first concert in Annapolis and I really didn't know if we would have an audience.   But we had a large and enthusiastic audience.   The Maryland Encore Chorales were presented that evening and they were wonderful.   And they watched!   Joining us for that performance was the Maryland Express Barbershop Quartet and they were great.   Fabulous evening!

    The Goodwin House concerts are always packed!   They are going to have to build a larger auditorium just for Encore!   We always have a great time doing those concerts.

    We had a full house for our Schweinhaut concert also.   The Schweinhuat singers really sang a great solo concert........all by themselves.

    And our audience at St. Stephen's Methodist Church was large and very appreciative.   We had a ball up there.

    So now I am trying to catch up and get some rest.   Relaxation just doesn't come easily for me.   Retirement is not going to be in my repertoire I am afraid.  I woke up on Sunday with absolutely nothing on the calendar and I was in a bit of a panic.  Nothing to do! So I dug in my garden.

    Today I am catching up on camp registrations, trying to find a really good Encore dance teacher to replace Tiffany Haughn (my daughter) who is expecting our first grandchild on Halloween,   writing thank you  notes to the chorales, blogs, web articles, answering many emails, and desperately trying to get the music we just rehearsed for 15 weeks and performed in ten concerts out of my head - which my husband Larry is not helping with - now if only I could get him to stop singing that music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Encore's Idol

    dsc_0383On Saturday, May 22 ( yes, the day after the Washington-Lee concert!)  Larry and I went to the Montgomery's Got Talent concert at the Bethesda Theatre.  We had signed on as a sponsor and they provided us space to announce our Encore programs.

    It was basically an American Idol-typeshow for active older adults from Montgomery County, Maryland, except they were choosing no winners.  The judges had chosen 12 finalists to perform at the show out of the original 60 applicants.  And Margo Hope, a soprano from our Schweinhaut Encore Chorale, was chosen.  So we were excited to hear her perform.

    Well, Margo blew everyone out of the water with her fabulous jazz rendition of "Summertime."   She was so good!!  I didn't know that side of Margo's voice.  Now I do!  The audience went wild!   I guess that is why she performed last!!!

    Way to go Margo!

  • What Was That About Getting Rest? Forget It!

    aaimg_1578Three weeks until our first Encore Chorale Camp of the season!    Encore Chorale Camp at St. Mary's College of Maryland starts Tuesday, June 15 and I am just about ready.   We have 27 campers registered, with some more saying they are coming.  It should be a great five days of singing, dancing (with Tiffany!),  making new friends, going to great concerts, and eating!   We always eat way too much.  But it is so good!

    We are bringing in Alan Yellowitz from "The Beat Goes On" to do a drumming circle.   He was so much fun at our Washington-Lee concert.   He will be doing more intricate drumming for us.  And the West Shore Piano Trio will be playing for us again.

    Still don't know if we will be taking a boat ride!   I hope that works out!!!!  The St. Mary's River is so very beautiful.

    On Friday evening, we will sit on the college quad, sip wine and listen to the wonderful Chesapeake Orchestra.

    Come on and join us!   We're gonna have a ball!

    After camp Larry and I are sailing for two weeks.  Count them........two weeks.  Now that is when I can really relax. I wish we could stay out longer.  I start really letting go after the first week.  Next summer we will try for three.

    Then on to our Chautauqua Encore Chorale Camp, and with lots of singers saying they are coming.......this one should be huge.  It is such a unique and grand place.  And last year, I ordered up some fantastic weather.   So plan ahead.   Come to Chautauqua! Bring your spouse or significant other.

    And just think, you get to take home an Encore tee shirt!!

  • Season Finale Performance at Washington-Lee High School May 21, 2010

    Members of all the Northern Virginia, DC and Schweinhaut (Silver Spring, MD) Chorales combined for the Spring 2010 Finale Concert at the Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA on Friday evening, May 21, 2010. With nearly 200 singers in performance, they produced a mighty sound for a nearly full house.  It was a memorable conclusion to a very full concert schedule.  To view a photo album of the concert, click on the photo below.  Advance through the pictures by clicking on the right side of the current picture.

    {gallery}WLHS_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Maryland Chorales in Concert at Anne Arundel Community College, May 20, 2010

    The Encore Chorales of Anne Arundel Community College, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, and the Myerberg Senior Center came together to fill the stage of the Robert Pascal Performing Arts Center at Anne Arundel Community College on Thursday, May 20, 2010.  Joining the performance was the Maryland Express Barbershop Quartet.  Maryland's Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Edward Chow, Jr., extended greetings from the Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, and briefly discussed benefits available to Maryland veterans.  Dr. Terry Portis, Director of AACC's Center on Aging, welcomed Encore and the audience to the AACC campus.  To view a photo album of the concert, click on the picture below. Advance to the next picture by clicking on the right side of the picture.

    {gallery}AACC_May_2010{/gallery}

  • Chorales Come Together for Northern Virginia Performance, May 16, 2010

    The Northern Virginia Encore Chorales, as well as members of the Smithsonian and Schweinhaut Chorales came together to perform as part of the St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Bu rke, Virginia, concert series on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. The audience was large and enthusiastic, and participated in a sing-along of song selections from The Sound of Music. View photos of the concert by clicking on the picture below. Advance to the next picture by clicking on the right side of the current picture. {gallery}St_Stephens_May_2010{/gallery}