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Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center Encore Chorale

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Sing with Encore at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring, Maryland! We welcome all area singers - or aspiring singers - age 55+ to join. Singers rehearse under the direction of Encore's Founder and Artistic Director, who co-conducts with new Encore conductor Gisele Becker.  

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Chorale Location
Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, MD
Rehearsal Day Monday
Rehearsal Time 10:30am - Noon
Semester Begins January 8, 2018
Conductor Jeanne Kelly and Gisele Becker
Chorale Master Arthur Karpas
Registration Information

$175 registration fee includes 15 90-minute rehearsals, expert instruction, sheet music, rehearsal CD in your voice part, concert performances

CLICK HERE for Winter/Spring 2018 Semester registration

Jeanne Kelly Co-Conducts the MSSC Chorale


Jeanne Kelly is the Founder and Artistic Director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an excellent, accessible, and sustainable artistic environment for older adults over 55 years of age, either beginning, intermediate or advanced levels, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist.

Jeanne Kelly’s career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of experience as a vocal performer, teacher, conductor and music administrator. She earned an undergraduate degree in voice performance and piano from the University of Findlay and a master’s degree in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory.

Read more: Jeanne Kelly Co-Conducts the MSSC Chorale

Gisele Becker Co-Conducts the MSSC Encore Chorale

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Gisèle Becker is one of the Washington area’s leading choral conductors. Her vision of musical excellence and her commitment to imaginative programming, including commissions and premiere performances of new choral works, have earned for her the highest admiration and respect from her professional colleagues and audiences alike. The Washington Post says Becker “has molded her group into a well balanced and responsive ensemble … focused, intelligent music-making.” The Post called her 2003 performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor “a version as transfixing as it was bold … riveting in its fresh, impassioned and personal vision.”  Becker has served as Director of Choral Activities at the George Washington University, Chorus Master of the Cathedral Choral Society, Assistant Conductor of the Washington Bach Consort and continues to be Music Director of the Cantate Chamber Singers. Becker will be conducting the Schweinhaut Encore Chorale with Jeanne Kelly.