Get in the holiday spirit by attending one (or more!) of Encore's seventeen December concerts. We kick off the season on December 2 with a concert in Columbia, MD and continue to the grand finale performance in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (photo) - an event not to be missed - on December 26th.
Collectively, over 1,200 Encore singers will be performing, including singers from our newest programs in New York City and our new Columbia ROCKS Chorus.
"Every season gets bigger," said Encore's Founder and Artistic Director, Jeanne Kelly. "We're filling stages - and performance venues - to capacity. We've even outgrown the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The singers love performing and the audiences love the concerts. Encore is a phenomenon."
All concerts are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.. Click on "Read More" to see the full detailed schedule, then pick a concert near you and plan to attend. You will not be disappointed.
Read more: Encore 2018 Holiday Concert Schedule
Encore's Founder and Artistic Director, Jeanne Kelly, has been named one of twelve "influencers in Aging" by the online publication Next Avenue. Next Avenue recognized "these 12 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older."
Read the article and interview with Jeanne HERE.
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Encore is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Rund as Executive Director. Robert comes to us with a vast array of experience in the world of performing and choral arts. Most recently, Robert served as Regional Director of Development for Harmony Foundation International, an organization that connects people through charitable giving to enrich lives through singing. Previously, Robert held positions of Executive Director of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, President and Head of School at The American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey, Executive Director and Founder of Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School (CAPPS) in Hightstown, New Jersey, Associate Publisher of Musical America Worldwide in New York City, and finally, President of R2C2, a successful consulting firm serving internationally renowned performing artists, ensembles and organizations.
Robert earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. In addition, Robert was one of 50 non-profit arts leaders internationally selected in 2004 for a fellowship offered by Stanford University Graduate School of Business and National Arts Strategies. Robert has sung choral music throughout his entire life, directed several amateur choral groups, and continues to compose and arrange vocal music as an avocation. Robert has relocated to Maryland from New York City and Asheville, NC with his partner, Alison.
“I am thrilled and honored to serve as Encore’s next Executive Director,” said Rund. “The organization’s current offerings speak so closely to our shared value of the benefits of lifelong singing. Perhaps even more gratifying, the power of Encore’s programs clearly extends well beyond the music. I have great admiration for Jeanne’s vision, and, together with the Board of Directors, I look forward to helping the organization grow, and sharing this wonderful mission with more and more people in the coming years.”
Robert joined Encore effective September 4, 2018