Sing with Encore at the Famed Chautauqua Institution

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.

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!

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Summer Fun with Encore

Chautauqua Colorful Women1Unlike many choral organizations, Encore doesn't take the summer off.  Every year, Encore offers five- or six-day Summer Institutes, or "Summer Sleep-Away Camps," as the singers like to call them.  The days are consumed by morning exercise or yoga classes, choral rehearsals, sight reading classes, and vocal technique workshops, just to name a few of the activities.  In the evening, Encore brings in a variety of musical performers, from classical, to American Song Book, World Music and more.  This is also a great opportunity for singers to socialize and get to know each other.

Encore has been returning annually to Chautauqua Institution, NY for eleven years, and for the past several years to Washington College in beautiful Chestertown, MD.  In 2018, Encore offered its first-ever Rock & Roll Camp in historic Annapolis, MD.  Participation in Encore's summer programs is not restricted to current Encore singers.  Anyone over the age of 55 with a desire to participate is welcome to attend.

See below for photo and video highlights of the Summer of '18.

Rock On in Annapolis This Summer!

Encore ROCKS Summer Institute Returns to Annapolis for Second Year, August 5-9, 2019!

Ooops - too late!  This program is sold out.  However, if you want to attend, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the wait list.

Rocks2018 1Encore rockers took Annapolis by storm last year for our First Annual Rock & Roll "Summer Camp" - a sellout. Everyone had a ball, but don't take our word for it. Here's what one participant said: "There were so many wonderful aspects to the camp that it's difficult/impossible for me to pick I'll say that the entire camp was outstanding. The singers came prepared and were enthusiastic about the music. Also, I thought that the ENCORE staff were exceptional and their kindness and attention to details played a huge role in making the camp a wonderful experience. And Jeff...was his dynamic self.We have a lot more comments just like this one, so don't miss out. Register now before it's too late.

Encore's Second Annual Rock and Roll Summer Camp for singers 55+ during the week of August 5th - 9th, 2019 at St. John’s College in historic Annapolis, MD ("I loved having the Camp at St. John's College in Annapolis. Such a beautiful, historic, walkable town!"). Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to work with dynamic conductor and Encore ROCKS Director Jeff Dokken, and many other guest artists.

If you love to sing, love Rock ‘n’ Roll, and want to have a great time with like-minded singers age 55 + for five days of learning, rehearsals, performances and fun, this is for you! PriRocks2018 5or membership in an Encore ROCKS chorus is not required: anyone may attend.

This camp is totally unique from any other Encore Summer program. This awesome week will include sessions about the history and culture of rock, and of course, diving deep into the melodies, harmonies and rhythms of the rock repertoire during fun and intensive daily rehearsals. The week ends with a rockin’ finale concert!


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