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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?  Chau 2019

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..


Chau 2019fEach day will begin with a morning movement class, followed by a full choral rehearsal and an afternoon opportunity to enjoy the surroundings. There will be vocal technique classes and sectionals, as well as full rehearsals twice a day. Each evening we will enjoy a relaxing dinner on the porch or in the parlor, 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 and family in The Amphitheater. 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.

Registration deadline August 10, 2021

All-Inclusive Package - $1570 single occupancy or $1370 double occupancy

Non-singing Spouse or Guest - $950 includes a double room with singer, meals & activities

Commuter Rate - $735 includes all rehearsals, daily lunch, opening, and closing dinner & activities.

Bus - No bus transportation is planned at this time.  Encore may revisit this as circumstances may change

Registration fee due in full by August 10, 2021

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation before July 1, 2021– full refund minus $50 materials fee.
  • Cancellation July 1, 2021 through July 31, 2021 for any reason – Registrants will receive a 50% refund minus a $50 materials fee. Commuter campers will receive a full refund minus $200 cancellation fee and $50 materials fee.
  • Cancellation after July 31st – no refund