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  • Goodwin House Alexandria - Eleven Years!

    Eleven years ago, Jeanne Kelly started the "Senior Singers" group at Goodwin House Alexandria, while she was Executive Director of the Levine School of Music's Northern Virginia Campus.  Their participation in (and the success of) the Creativity and Aging Study inspired Jeanne to start Encore.  The chorale is still going strong, with some of the original members of the "Senior Singers" still active in the Chorale.  A few members' photos below

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    Bill Hamilton & Dottie Petrullo Ruth McKenty

     
       
       
       
       
       
  • Join the Laurel Lake Encore Chorale!

    laurel_lake_encore_03Retired?  What are you doing fo an encore?  Whether you've sung all your life, or just a little, you're invited to join the Laurel Lake Encore Chorale for a weekly rehearsal of seasonal and holiday music with conductor Donna Anderson.

    Created for adults 55 and above, Encore Chorale is instructive as well as enjoyable.  Learn how to improve your voice as Donna guides you through weekly rehearsals in three and four-part singing.  Members of the Chorale come from diverse backgrounds from all over the Cleveland/Akron area.

    Volunteer conductor Donna Anderson hummed her first Mozart melody at the age of five, and has sung in choirs ever since, including The Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival Chorus.  Donna earned her BS in education at Kent State University where she also studied music.  A public relations specialist for Laurel Lake by day, Donna sings with The Stairwell Singers, a local ensemble, and has led the Laurel Lake Chorale for eight years.

  • Echoing Memorial Day, Laurel Lake Chorale Celebrates American Music!

    laurel_lake_encore_21The Laurel Lake Encore Chorale presented its spring concert, "Americana," on June 2 at 7 p.m. What a fabulous way to kick off the summer!

    Fifty talented singers performed the music of early and present-day American composers and arrangers before a packed house of friends, family and local guests. When the hall's maximum seating of 180 was reached, folks spilled into the Commons and the Laurel Lake Pub (cheers!) where people watched the concert on closed-circuit TV.

    The choir opened with a toe-tappin' rendition of Irving Berlin's first Vaudeville hits, Play A Simple Melody and Alexander's Ragtime Band.  Then came the haunting folk tune Shenandoah interwoven with Deep River. The hopeful 1968 Vietnam era single, What A Wonderful World, made so popular by Louie Armstrong, was just as uplifting today, as was the swinging gospel arrangement of Precious Lord, Take My Handby Thomas Dorsey and George Allen. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Irving Berlin's musical setting of the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, reminded us of the Statue of Liberty and all she stands for. A tender arrangement of Be Thou My Vision by contemporary American choral writer Dan Forrest showcased the choir's close harmony.

    A highlight of the evening was Ching A Ring Chaw, the setting by Aaron Copland. Our singers have had a "love/hate" relationship with this piece all season long... calling it Chimichanga, Chichén-Itzá, Chitty Chitty  Bang Bang and a few other names I can't repeat. But on Wednesday night, it was all love as the singers performed this rollicking piece flawlessly!

    At last, the grand finale. The chorale sang The Armed Forces: The Pride of America as audience members who served in the various branches of the military, or whose family members served, rose amid ringing applause and cheers. Everyone joined in the singing of the National Anthem. A very moving experience, and a tour de force for the choir's accompanist, Ruth Anderson.

    What a great year! Membership in Encore Creativity has not only brought us more singers, a choral workshop with Jeanne Kelly, and access to Encore's extensive lending library of choral music perfect for older singers. Encore is inspiring us to new heights in the art of choral singing as we form new friendships that will last a lifetime. We can hardly wait for next season!

    Laurel Lake is now accepting new singers for the Holiday season, with rehearsals to start September 14. Interested parties may contact me, Donna Anderson, at 330-655-1436 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    VIEW PHOTO SLIDESHOW OF THE CONCERT HERE

    CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO LAUNCH SHOW, THEN CLICK ON RIGHT SIDE OF PICTURE TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT

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  • A Day Working at Home (Mostly)

    I must say I like working at home. Right now my big boy cat Spencer is lounging on my desk, messing up everything he touches. Well at least he isn't on my computer keys. That drives me nuts. Funny, he never tries to play the piano.
    Just a few minutes ago, Spicy, my little girl kitty and sister to Spencer, was sitting on my lap. They just talk and purr, talk and purr. But I must say I miss all my wonderful Encore voices during the day. Guess the purring will have to suffice.

    Only a week away from Encore Chorale Camp at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Everything is ready except the name tags! Hope the weather gods will be with us.

    Sailing has been terrific. This past holiday weekend, we sailed to Chestertown, Maryland on the beautiful Chester River. The River is 23 miles long so it took a while to get there, all under the "iron jenny" or motor. Not crazy about motoring but it is essential on a river that has lots of turns and on that day, little wind happening. Chestertown was celebrating the Chestertown Tea Party. Lots of fun. It was quite a party with loads of people. Lots of boat anchored in the river. We took our dinghy ashore and had fun listening to music, people watching, visiting all the booths with their wares, and having an excellent dinner at The Blue Heron.

    mem_day_raft_2010Sunday was the homemade raft race (see picture). That was hysterical. Such a motley crew. I was amazed some of them even floated. One didn't! And with the tremendous current of the Chester River, some went downriver and never could get around the first mark.

    Sunday evening we motored down to Langford Creek for another night on the hook. That river is absolutely beautiful with sprawling farms and gorgeous homes. It was a great four days!

    I just spoke to Donna Anderson, conductor extraordinaire of the Encore Chorale at Laurel Lakes Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio. They performed their big spring concert last night to an overflowing audience and the concert was a huge success. Now we are talking about bringing them east next May to join our local Encore Chorales in concert. The sky is the limit for Encore.  Gee, does anyone want to go to France. I have a contact there!

    Now I have to go to Foxes Music and look thru tons of holiday music. I must make my final decision before I leave for camp. Choosing music is the most difficult part of my job. But I think this concert will be the best! Do I hear a Jingle Bells making a return??????

  • Echoing Memorial Day, Laurel Lake Chorale Celebrates American Music!

    staff - anderson donna copy webThe Laurel Lake Encore Chorale presented its spring concert, "Americana," on June 2 at 7 p.m. What a fabulous way to kick off the summer!

    Fifty talented singers performed the music of early and present-day American composers and arrangers before a packed house of friends, family and local guests. When the hall's maximum seating of 180 was reached, folks spilled into the Commons and the Laurel Lake Pub (cheers!) where people watched the concert on closed-circuit TV.

    The choir opened with a toe-tappin' rendition of Irving Berlin's first Vaudeville hits, Play A Simple Melody and Alexander's Ragtime Band.  Then came the haunting folk tune Shenandoah interwoven with Deep River. The hopeful 1968 Vietnam era single, What A Wonderful World, made so popular by Louie Armstrong, was just as uplifting today, as was the swinging gospel arrangement of Precious Lord, Take My Handby Thomas Dorsey and George Allen. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Irving Berlin's musical setting of the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, reminded us of the Statue of Liberty and all she stands for. A tender arrangement of Be Thou My Vision by contemporary American choral writer Dan Forrest showcased the choir's close harmony.

    A highlight of the evening was Ching A Ring Chaw, the setting by Aaron Copland. Our singers have had a "love/hate" relationship with this piece all season long... calling it Chimichanga, Chichén-Itzá, Chitty Chitty  Bang Bang and a few other names I can't repeat. But on Wednesday night, it was all love as the singers performed this rollicking piece flawlessly!

    At last, the grand finale. The chorale sang The Armed Forces: The Pride of America as audience members who served in the various branches of the military, or whose family members served, rose amid ringing applause and cheers. Everyone joined in the singing of the National Anthem. A very moving experience, and a tour de force for the choir's accompanist, Ruth Anderson.

    What a great year! Membership in Encore Creativity has not only brought us more singers, a choral workshop with Jeanne Kelly, and access to Encore's extensive lending library of choral music perfect for older singers. Encore is inspiring us to new heights in the art of choral singing as we form new friendships that will last a lifetime. We can hardly wait for next season!

    Laurel Lake is now accepting new singers for the Holiday season, with rehearsals to start September 14. Interested parties may contact me, Donna Anderson, at 330-655-1436 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Echoing Memorial Day, Laurel Lake Chorale Celebrates American Music!

    laurel_lake_encore_21The Laurel Lake Encore Chorale presented its spring concert, "Americana," on June 2 at 7 p.m. What a fabulous way to kick off the summer!

    Fifty talented singers performed the music of early and present-day American composers and arrangers before a packed house of friends, family and local guests. When the hall's maximum seating of 180 was reached, folks spilled into the Commons and the Laurel Lake Pub (cheers!) where people watched the concert on closed-circuit TV.

    The choir opened with a toe-tappin' rendition of Irving Berlin's first Vaudeville hits, Play A Simple Melody and Alexander's Ragtime Band.  Then came the haunting folk tune Shenandoah interwoven with Deep River. The hopeful 1968 Vietnam era single, What A Wonderful World, made so popular by Louie Armstrong, was just as uplifting today, as was the swinging gospel arrangement of Precious Lord, Take My Handby Thomas Dorsey and George Allen. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Irving Berlin's musical setting of the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, reminded us of the Statue of Liberty and all she stands for. A tender arrangement of Be Thou My Vision by contemporary American choral writer Dan Forrest showcased the choir's close harmony.

    A highlight of the evening was Ching A Ring Chaw, the setting by Aaron Copland. Our singers have had a "love/hate" relationship with this piece all season long... calling it Chimichanga, Chichén-Itzá, Chitty Chitty  Bang Bang and a few other names I can't repeat. But on Wednesday night, it was all love as the singers performed this rollicking piece flawlessly!

    At last, the grand finale. The chorale sang The Armed Forces: The Pride of America as audience members who served in the various branches of the military, or whose family members served, rose amid ringing applause and cheers. Everyone joined in the singing of the National Anthem. A very moving experience, and a tour de force for the choir's accompanist, Ruth Anderson.

    What a great year! Membership in Encore Creativity has not only brought us more singers, a choral workshop with Jeanne Kelly, and access to Encore's extensive lending library of choral music perfect for older singers. Encore is inspiring us to new heights in the art of choral singing as we form new friendships that will last a lifetime. We can hardly wait for next season!

    Laurel Lake is now accepting new singers for the Holiday season, with rehearsals to start September 14. Interested parties may contact me, Donna Anderson, at 330-655-1436 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    VIEW PHOTO SLIDESHOW OF THE CONCERT HERE

    CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO LAUNCH SHOW, THEN CLICK ON RIGHT SIDE OF PICTURE TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT

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