Encore does not recognize the “lazy, hazy days of summer!” Crazy, however, is quite a different matter! I have finally figured out and accepted the fact that it is a 365 day a year project. Not a job…….a continuing project. And boy has it been exciting and busy.
Voice of America has just come out with a wonderful clip on Encore, with filming at the Smithsonian Encore Chorale performing in their May 2012 concert at the American Indian Museum and also at our Encore Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. It is a poignant piece which really tells our story, showing artistic excellence, mental, physical and social benefits. Lots of buzz about this piece. I received an email from Wayne Brown, Director of music and opera for the National Endowment for the Arts congratulating us.
We are attracting a lot of attention. Kudos to all you wonderful singers!
We will be adding our twelfth Encore Chorale this fall at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. Bob Johnson, Musical Director of the National Institutes for Health Community Chorus, will be the conductor. He has a stellar background in the choral world and we are most fortunate to have him on board with Encore.
I traveled to Leisure World in Leesburg yesterday to conduct an Encore Chorale Workshop with about 30 singers and it looks like we may be starting an Encore Chorale at Leisure World. The singers were engaged, excited and excellent. A large Encore Chorale would serve their campus well.
I was asked by Philip Brunelle, artistic director of VocalEssence in Minneapolis, one of the country’s very best choral ensembles, to write an article about the Chorus America Conference for the International Choral Journal. Philip is an internationally reknowned choral director in great demand all over the world. I was honored. He met with me in Minneapolis and took a great interest in what Encore is doing.
And then there is all the preparation for opening all twelve – maybe thirteen, Encore Chorales. Flyers, press releases, music, rehearsal space, working with our partners………..I need more help!
But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Larry and I are leaving for beautiful France soon! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh I can just taste the cheese, bread, and of course wine.
But first I have to get that article finished!