Encore Resumes In-Person Rehearsals and Concerts in the Fall
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ENCORE PROGRAMS.
Registration is now open for all Encore Chorale, ROCKS, and Sentimental Journey Singers Fall 2021 programs. We're excited to be getting back to "live" rehearsals after over a year of Zooming and Tripping.
After such a long hiatus, we're hoping all our previous singers will return. However, you can help us GREATLY with our planning for the fall by registering as soon as possible. In order to take advantage of music ordering discounts, we will be placing orders this month. We, therefore, ask you to register by June 23rd, if possible. Every penny counts and early ordering discounts are substantial. We appreciate your help with this.
Because Encore University was such a success and attracted participants from across the country, we will continue to offer a somewhat more limited version in the fall. You may register for in-person rehearsals combined with Encore University at a substantially reduced cost for both. in-person rehearsals only, or Encore University only.
The Fall Semester will begin on Tuesday, September 7th. For specific location/program information, click on the Programs menu button near the top of this page. A small number of locations still have details to be finalized and will be updated as soon as information is known. Registration includes 15 weeks of rehearsals and/or Encore University classes, sheet music, optional rehearsal CD and participation in semester-end live concerts across the Baltimore-Washinton metro area.
Welcome back, everyone!
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FALL 2021 ENCORE UNIVERSITY COURSE CATALOG
Many of the guests who return to Chautauqua year after year describe it as an experience rather than a vacation -- a place for renewal. So where better to renew Encore's traditions than to return to the Chautauqua Institution for our first summer camp in two years, in August of 2021?
The Chautauqua Institution was founded on the belief that everyone “has a right to be all that he can be -- to know all that he can know.” Encore agrees and that's why we have been returning to Chautauqua since our very first camp there in 2008. The end of August in Chautauqua is a tradition as old as Encore itself. It's easy to understand why if you've spent an evening on the porch of the Athenaeum Hotel sharing wine and conversation with fellow Encore singers. Here's how a Chautauqua newcomer described her first Encore camp experience: "I felt like I was in a majestic palace surrounded by gorgeous flowers and homes and the lovely lake. It was my first time there and I was in awe about the whole experience. Spot on! So, once again, after a one-year COVID hiatus, we return to Chautauqua this year, from August 29th to September 3rd, 2021.
This Encore program will be conducted this year by Encore's Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly, joined by Associate Artistic Director David Simmons, whom everyone has gotten to know through his dynamic Encore University classes. Choral music will be a mix of traditional choral music, as well as rocks selections.
To facilitate social distancing, all rehearsals and classes, as well as the final concert will be held in the 4,000 seat open-air amphitheater. Special indoor or outdoor dining will be offered. Also, for everyone's safety, participants will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and will be required to wear specially provided singers masks at all rehearsals, classes, and the performance..
Read more: Encore Returns to Chautauqua August 2021
Encore University Virtual Concert
With over 5,000 views to date, Encore's May 18th Virtual Concert was a hit!
The reviews are in:
"Thank you to all who had a part in putting together this fabulous concert. It was extraordinary The music and singing were professional sounding and the production of each song was incredible—the colors, photographs, and graphics. My friends and family were blown away. I felt so proud to have been on this video. It’s something I will go back to again and again." - MK
"Kudos to Encore!! Still savoring the joy - and fun." - E&J
"I want to thank you for the beautiful way in which the song "Make Them Hear You" was staged in the video last night. Not only was the vocal presentation meaningful, as was its placement as finale, but also the visuals were exactly appropriate and moving." - MO
"What an amazing concert and production. The sound of all of the singers was just fantastic. The imagination and creativity with the layout, changing screen, etc., took the performances to another level." - BH
Click HERE to watch Songs of Hope & Change
Yes, our second year of Encore University will soon be upon us. To give everyone a bit of a break from "Zooming" and "Tripping," this year's session will be limited to four weeks, from July 12th through August 5th, 2021. As usual, there will be plenty of fun singing with Jeanne and Jeff and the two Davids. Stephen will advance everyone's ability to sing with his Music Theory and Musicianship class, while we introduce a new instructor, Donna Mitchell-Cox, who will provide a new slant on vocal technique. Another new instructor, Diana Saez will take us South of the Border to explore Latin choral music. And there's so much more packed into four weeks. Download the full catalog below.
Encore University Summer Session is being offered at an all-inclusive price of only $75. More details in the box to the right.
It's a great way to spend some time during the dog days of summer. We hope you'll join us!
DOWNLOAD THE FULL CATALOG HERE
Encore is the nation's largest choral organization for adults over the age of 55.
Encore's mission is to provide an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist.
All Encore programs are conducted by professionals who know how to get the most from their members. So come join the excitement, either as a beginner or at an advanced level. This is a great way to develop or improve your musical abilities, meet new friends, and look forward to an exciting performance schedule.
You’re never too old to try something new—and have the time of your life!
Encore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.