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Answers to questions about the Encore Chorale Program.

Must I be an experienced singer to join an Encore Chorale?

Definitely not!  Encore Chorales are comprised of people who have sung with organized groups for many years, as well as people who have never sung with a group before. Some didn't even know they could sing! Some can read music; some cannot. The objective is simply to have fun, but in a unique and challenging way.  

What forms of payment do you accept for tuition?

For those Chorales for which you pay Encore directly, you may pay with cash or check at your first rehearsal.  We also accept credit cards via PayPal on our web site.  Online registration for those chorales is located HERE.  Some of our chorales are under the auspices of a sponsoring organization, e.g., AACC, Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo, Langston Brown, Reston. Registration and payment for those Chorales is per the requirements of the sponsoring organization. Links to those locations' registration pages are generally provided in our rehearsal schedule information on our home page during the registration period. 

What kinds of music do the Chorales sing?

Our fall season is typically focused on a holiday music program since our concerts are performed in December.  We select songs that touch on Christmas and Hanukah, but lean toward more seasonal secular music versus sacred music.  In the Spring, the sky’s the limit!  We sing Broadway, oratorio, American Song Book, spirituals, even a little opera.  It’s a great mix and we always include a surprise or two to keep our singers – and our audiences – excited and surprised by the repertoire.

In October 2015, Encore was proud to introduce Encore Rocks! a Rock & Roll chorus singing the greatest hits of the 50's, 60's and 70's. In addition to our first, Encore Rocks DC, we will be adding another at Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo in March and will do a demonstration program at Anne Arundel Community College in the summer, 2016.

What’s your refund policy if I have to leave the chorale for some reason mid-season?

When payments are made directly to Encore, tuition refunds cannot be provided after week four of the season.  When payments are made to one of our sponsoring organizations, such as Smithsonian Associates or Washington Conservatory of Music, their refund policy for the class will apply. Encore does not prorate the tuition for those who miss classes. A liberal make-up policy allows for singers to make-up missed classes with other Washington DC area chorales.  Contact the Encore office for specifics.

I can’t make it to the first two rehearsals in the upcoming season – may I still join?

Yes!  Contact our office to let us know of your situation and we will make a note to hold music for you.  We recommend that anyone who cannot make the first 4 weeks of rehearsals consider waiting until the next season to join.  Coming in after week 4 as a new singer will be challenging.  Not impossible, but challenging.  Feel free to call our office to discuss your situation.

I must miss a rehearsal on my usual day. May I make up a missed rehearsal at another nearby Encore Chorale?

As a general rule, yes, you can make up rehearsals at another Encore location. However, some chorales have restricted access. For example the Goodwin House Chorales are open to residents only. It's best to check with your conductor to be sure the location you want to attend is open to you. When you arrive. please introduce yourself to the conductor or the chorale master and explain that you are doing a make-up.

What do singers wear for performances?

Women wear all black - dresses, shirts, tops (no sleeveless). Skirts and dresses should be tea length or long, with black hose and shoes.  Men wear dark slacks and jackets, white shirt and tie (wild is good!), dark socks and shoes.