Encore Creativity for Older Adults celebrated the arts for older adults with our fifth Encore Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, June 19 – 23. Over 65 singers and instrumentalists came to St. Mary’s to challenge themselves learning new music, studying technique, and meeting new friends from across the country. Encore Chorale was directed by Founder Jeanne Kelly and Krystal McCoy, conductor of the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale at Asbury~Solomons. The Band was conducted by Roy Ernst, Founder and Will Dabback, director of the New Horizons Band in Harrisonburg, VA.
Singers began their day with movement/dance taught by Ms. McCoy. Full choral rehearsals, technique classes and sectionals followed. The band began with full band rehearsals, followed by woodwind and brass ensembles and recreational music.
By 5:30pm, everyone was ready to enjoy dinner and the evening entertainment which included St. Maries Musica, a talented 16 voice auditioned ensemble from St. Mary’s County, Hot Buttered Nuggets which included string bass, percussion, piano and a guy who could make himself sound like a trumpet, sax, banjo and stringed bass! The participants also enjoyed a scenic cruise on the beautiful St. Mary’s River.
The final day of the institute was time for the musicians to show what they learned. They performed before a very enthusiastic and large audience in St. Mary’s Hall. And Voice of America was taping the performance for a future broadcast. The chorale and band joined forces to perform a very moving rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Encore was founded on three principles: artistic excellence, physical and mental benefits and social benefits. The Encore Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland scored high on all three principles. The musicians learned, laughed, lived fully and had a ball.
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