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Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS

Why does Encore charge tuition?

Encore is an educational program for adults over the age of 55. Tuition is necessary for Encore to provide the highest caliber programs that meet the needs of our participants. Many factors go into determinnig tuition rates, which may vary from one location to another based on these variables. Encore keeps tuition as low as possible while addressing the realities of providing excellent and assessible programs to each of our Encore singers.  Some of the factors that determine tuition rates include:

  • All Encore conductors are highly qualified paid professionals. They are not volunteers.
  • Encore's rehearsal spaces are high quality and we generally pay rent to use them.
  • Singers are provided with all sheet music, as well as a rehearsal CD that singers find very helpful in lering their music. Encore pays production costs for the CDs.
  • All concerts are free and open to the public and are held at quality high-profile venues. Encore pays for concert space, which is frequently quite costly.  Singers are not expected to buy or sell concert tickets or engage in other fundraising activities, such as bake sales, etc.
  • Encore maintains a feature-rich web site that includes photos and videos of all major concerts.
  • As a professional nonprofit organizaton, Encore has operating and administrative costs, including insurance for your protection.

In fact, tuition does not cover all of Encore's costs. We rely on grants, sponsorships and individual contributions to make up the shortfall and to strive to keep tuiton rates as low as possible.

For those who cannot afford the tuition and have a financial need, Encore can offer tuition assistance.

What is the Repertoire for Encore Chorale Winter/Spring 2018 Semester?

All DC/MD/VA area Encore Chorales will be rehearsing and performing the following repertoire for the Winter/Spring 2018 Semester:

Viva La Musica!                          David Brunner

African Alleluia                            Jay Althouse

I Am in Need of Music                 David Brunner

Sing On!                                     Gwyneth Walker

Swingin' with the Saints             Traditional spiritual arranged by Mark Hayes

West Side Story                          Leonard Bernstein

And So I Sing                              Linda Spevacek

You Make Me Feel So Young       Mack Gordon and Josef Myrow

The Prayer                                 Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster



What is the Repertoire for Encore ROCKS Winter/Spring 2018 Semester?

All DC/MD/VA area Encore ROCKS Choruses will be rehearsing and performing the following repertoire for the Winter/Spring 2018 Semester:

Old Time Rock n Roll                                                                    Arranged by Kirby Shaw

The Sound of Silence                                                                    Paul Simon

Don't Be Cruel                                                                                 Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In                                                       Music by Galt MacDermot,  Words by James Rado and Gerome Ragni

Beautiful Day                                                                                   Music by U2,  Lyrics by Bono

Summer of 69: Three Days that Rocked the World                 Arranged by Roger Emerson

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

Definitely not!  Encore Chorales and Encore ROCKS Choruses 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 Encore programs 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 programs is located HERE.  Some of our programs are under the auspices of a sponsoring organization, e.g., AACC, Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo, Langston Brown. Registration and payment for those programs 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 you 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, 70's and 80's. Encore now has six Encore ROCKS! locations in the DC area, as well as a ROCKS chorus in New York City as of March 2018. Thsi program is proving to be very successful and will continue to expand.

Must I be able to read music to join an Encore program?

No, but the more you sing, the more you will learn about reading notes. It is not as hard as you may think. It's a great way to keep challenging your brain. Practicing with your sheet music and the accompanying CD can be very helpful in this regard.  Encore also occasionally offers sight reading classes for a nominal fee.

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 will be given on the following schedule:

  • Cancellation prior to the 1st rehearsal – full tuition refund.
  • Cancellations during weeks one through four of the season  – prorated tuition refund minus $10 per rehearsal held, regardless of your attendance, minus a $25 materials/administrative fee.
  • No tuition refunds will be given after week four of the season.

When payments are made to one of our sponsoring organizations, such as Anne Arundel Community College 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.

Does Encore ever deny or restrict participation of a singer who is over 55?

The health and safety of our singers is of paramount importance to Encore.  If in the judgement of Encore’s management, a current or prospective participant in an Encore program exhibits behavioral issues (including improper conduct) that pose a direct or significant risk to singers’ health and safety, Encore reserves the right to deny that individual’s enrollment in an Encore program.

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 Didn't Ask to Be a Senior Citizen (I Was Drafted)”― Doug Jensen, Looking in the Rear View Mirror