Calling anyone who has not sung for years or those that have sung their entire life! Encore Chorale is pleased to announce our Winter/Spring season at Asbury Methodist Village, starting Wednesday, January 11, 2017
No Auditions required and singers may be seated for rehearsals and performances. Participants do not have to reside at Asbury Methodist Village - community residents are welcome.
Rehearsals weekly on Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in the AMV Rosborough Theater.
Cost - $175 for 15 90-minute rehearsals, sheet music, expert instruction, rehearsal CD in your voice part, and concert performances at wonderful venues at the end of the 15 week session.
Free community concerts, joining forces with other area Encore Chorales, are planned for December - watch for schedule details on this web site.
Encore is the nation's largest choral program for older adults with 15 Encore Chorales and 5 ENCORE ROCKS programs in the DC/VA/MD area, serving nearly 1,000 singers, ages 55+. Encore also has affiliate Chorales in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Colorado, Illinois, and California. Encore stands for artistic excellence, physical and mental benefits and the chance to socialize with people who love music. Encore would love to have you sing with us. The Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale is open to all area adults age 55 and over.
W. Robert (Bob) Johnson, Conductor of the Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale, is also Music Director of The East Avenue Ensemble and the NIHCO Community Chorus, and has had a long and varied association with choral music. Beginning in Kansas, he sang in choirs and choruses for more than 50 years. Although he chose a career in the military and government service, he conducted choirs and choruses wherever his assignments took him. On Guam, he conducted the choir of Headquarters Chapel, Marianas Islands. Aboard USS NORTHAMPTON, he organized a ship’s choir which sang for church services at sea and at television stations, both in the U.S. and abroad, as the ship made port calls. Assigned to duty on Okinawa, he served for 16 months as Music Director at Sukiran Post Chapel, where the 70-voice chancel choir presented 14 major concerts to both Ryukyuan and American audiences as well as singing two Sunday morning services every week. In 1971, he organized the Parkway Chorale as a noontime activity at the National Security Agency where he was employed. He retired from Federal service in May 1998 and relinquished the Music Directorship of the Chorale after 25 years on the podium of that chorus. In 1975, he founded The New Century Singers to provide volunteer singers an opportunity to participate in the Bicentennial by performing the music of American composers and arrangers. He retired that chorus in 2006 after 31 years of performing music by Americans. Following the end of The Singers, he organized the East Avenue Ensemble and has continued conducting that chorus to the present. He sang in the Washington Cathedral Choral Society for 28 years and served on the Society’s Board of Trustees for 16+ years including a two-year term as President of the Board. The Society honored him with the award of its Medal of Merit. As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, he served two terms as the President of the District of Columbia Chapter leading to that chapter’s merger with the Maryland Chapter. He served as the ACDA Eastern Division Conference Registrar for five consecutive biennial conferences beginning in 1994. Following four years as the Community Choir Chair for the Maryland/DC Chapter and one year as the Eastern Division Community Choir Chair, he was appointed as the National Chair for Community Choirs. He served in that office for the maximum six year term, retiring in June 2009. In September 2009, he was appointed as Chorus Master of the NIHCO Community Chorus, a position he currently fills in addition to continuing as the Music Director of The East Avenue Ensemble.