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Sing your Encore!

Encore Creativity for Older Adults was founded on the joy of singing—a joy that never grows old!

All Encore ensembles are non-auditioned, and singers of all experience levels are welcomed. With Encore rehearsals, you’ll be guided through a marvelous repertoire of choral arrangements or rock ‘n’ roll hits by experienced conductors.

We work closely with our Encore COVID Task Force to sing as safely as possible. For Encore programs, singers must be vaccinated with up-to-date boosters.

Sing With Us This Summer!

Our inaugural summer season begins on July 17, 2023 for six weeks of singing fun in Annapolis, Maryland and Fairfax, Virginia.

Sing with friends, make new ones, and share the joy of singing! These summer programs are an excellent way to stay involved with your Encore community at home. Whether you can join for one week or all six, these ensembles will cherish the camaraderie that singing creates.

Register For A Program

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Encore Chorales


Arts for Life

Encore University


Must I be an experienced singer to join an Encore program? Do you require auditions?

Definitely not! No auditions are necessary for an Encore program and singers of all skill levels are welcome. Encore ensembles are comprised of people who have sung with organized groups for many years, as well as people who have never sung with a group before. Some didn't even know they could sing!

Must I be able to read music to join an Encore program?
No, but the more you sing, the more you will learn about reading notes. Encore provides rehearsal tracks in CD form or available on our website for download, which are very helpful for practicing by ear.
What kinds of music do you perform?

For our chorales, our fall season is typically focused on holiday music as our concerts are performed in December. We select some songs that touch on December holidays, but trend toward more seasonal secular music overall. In the spring, the sky’s the limit! We sing Broadway, oratorio, spirituals, and even a little opera. We always include a surprise or two to keep our singers – and our audiences – excited and surprised by the repertoire.

Encore ROCKS ensembles sing choral arrangements of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll hits of the 50s – 80s, with a sprinkling of modern-day hits. Our repertoire is meant to take you on a journey from the classics to the contemporary, and everything in-between.

Sentimental Journey Singers sing familiar songs in a warm group setting, like Sleigh Ride in the winter and Let it Shine for the spring, and, of course, the signature song Sentimental Journey.

Are rehearsal and performance venues accessible for older adults?
Yes! We select our locations with accessibility at the forefront. Additionally, all singers may be seated or standing for every rehearsal or performance.
May I attend rehearsals at ensembles other than my own?

Yes! We want you to experience every one of our talented conductors and to build relationships with singers throughout our Encore Creativity community. So, if you’re registered to sing with a chorale, you can visit and rehearse with any other chorale – just show up, check in with the Chorale Master, and sing! Similarly, if you’re registered as a ROCKer, you can visit and rehearse with any other ROCKS ensemble. All you’ll need to do is provide proof of your COVID-19 vaccination and first booster to sing with a new ensemble – think of your COVID documents as your passport to our expansive Encore programming.

I’m not sure if Encore is for me. May I try out singing before I register?

Yes! Anyone may attend the first rehearsal in the season to try out singing with an Encore ensemble without committing to our program. Experience the joy of singing with us – we know you’ll love it! After the first week of rehearsal, we require all singers to be registered with us.

What is your COVID-19 policy?

Our top priority is keeping our singers safe and reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. We work closely with our Encore COVID Task Force to determine official safety protocols. As of May 2023, all Encore singers at in-person chorales are required to be fully vaccinated with up-to-date boosters, and to show chorale masters proof of vaccination at your first rehearsal or when visiting with other ensembles.

What is your refund policy if I must leave the chorale mid-season?

Encore's refund policy is as follows:

  • Before second week of rehearsals: Full refund
  • After second week of rehearsals but BEFORE third week: 50% refund
  • After third week: No refund; option of credit for future semester

Is financial assistance available?
Yes! We welcome everyone and can make tuition assistance available to those in need. Contact our office for more information.
I can’t make an in-person rehearsal/I prefer rehearsing online. Do you have online options?
Yes! Encore offers afternoon and evening rehearsals online for our Chorale, ROCKS, and Arts for Life programs. Any singer registered with an in-person ensemble is welcome to join the online rehearsals for their ensemble type as well. All online rehearsals are recorded if you’d like to make up what you’ve missed or just get a bit of extra practice!

Sing your Encore!

Register for an Encore program near you and start the music!

Summer Registration Dates

Registration Opens
May 10, 2023
Rehearsals Begin
July 17, 2023