Encore Returns to the Chautauqua Institution for Our 12th Annual Summer Choral Institute August 25—August 30, 2019.

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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. We asked last year's singers, "What did you especially like?"  One person's response: Whole ambiance - scenery, lake, front porch, eating outdoors, shuttle, buildings within walking distance, yoga classes, laughter, kind staff, accommodations - perfect place!"  Spot on!  So, again, we return to Chautauqua.

This Encore program will be conducted this year by Encore's Founder and Artistic Director Jeanne Kelly, and Ingrid Lestrud, who conducts the Langston Brown Encore Chorale and co-conducts the Glen Echo WCM Encore Chorale at Glen Echo. It draws singers from across the country interested in improving their vocal technique, rehearsing challenging choral music and spending a week in a beautiful setting with fellow music lovers.

Each day will begin with morning movement class, followed by a full choral rehearsal and an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, including guided tours of the Institution’s grounds in the afternoons. There will be vocal technique classes and sectionals, as well as full rehearsals twice a day. Each evening we will enjoy a relaxing dinner in the beautiful Athenaeum Hotel dining room, followed by evening recitals and programs from artists of local and national reputation, to give participants a flavor of the “in-season” Chautauqua experience. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CONCERT SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

The program will conclude Friday afternoon when we perform a choral concert for friends, family, and the local community in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. This is always a wonderful finale!

Your registration fee includes lodging, all meals, all educational programs, advance sheet music and rehearsal CD, opening night reception, evening entertainment, and polo shirt. The local commuter fee includes all programs, music and CD, polo shirt, lunch each day, and the opening and closing night dinners.                      

Singers will stay at the Athenaeum Hotel. The Hotel sits grandly on a tree-shaded hill overlooking the lovely and picturesque Chautauqua Lake. All activities will be on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. Shuttle transportation on the grounds is provided.


AAA KEL 3542 1Registration deadline August 10, 18 2019 

All Inclusive Package - $1470 single occupancy or $1275 double occupancy

Non-singing Spouse or Guest - $860 includes double room with singer, meals & activities

Commuter Rate - $655 includes all rehearsals, daily lunch, opening and closing dinner & activities

Bus - $195 for round-trip bus transportation from DC area to Chautauqua, NY (Optional)

Registration fee due in full by August 10, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation before July 15, 2019 – full refund minus $50 materials fee.
  • Cancellation after July 15, 2019 through August 15, 2019 for any reason – Registrants will receive a 50% refund minus $50 materials fee. Commuter campers will receive a full refund minus $200 cancellation fee and $50 materials fee.
  • Cancellation after August 15th – no refund