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Welcome to the fall season of Encore Chorale! 

It is hard to believe that the summer is drawing to a close, but what a summer it has been! Summer camp at Washington College was a blast with a record 93 singers joining us. I hope you’ve had a chance to check out the video. (link) It is amazing what our singers accomplish in one week of concentrated rehearsal, and you can certainly tell that there was a lot of focused rehearsals with rehearsal CDs prior to camp. Next we are off to Chautauqua and we can't wait! 

 Fall registrations are flying in. The Reston Chorale is the first one to sell out and start a waiting list! Don't delay in getting your registration in!

Registration is now open. Go to our web site at http://encorecreativity.org and you will view all our chorales and their registration schedule.

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Speaking of rehearsal CDs, beginning this fall, all singers will be receiving a rehearsal CD at the very first rehearsal. You asked for it, we are making it happen! While we feel confident that we will have enough copies of each voice part for each chorale during their first rehearsal, you will be guaranteed a CD if you preregister online or call our office no later than August 25th. If you register after that date, you will receive your CD at the second rehearsal. In addition, you will no longer be asked to fill out a Student Information Form on the first day if you register in advance online. So, whether you are paying the registration fee on the first day or paying in advance online, your check-in will be a breeze if we have you pre-registered! That gives you more time to catch up with friends instead of filling out forms!

By now, all of our singers have received a separate email with the link to fall registration and a copy of the flyer for your chorale. If you have already registered, have no fear, we have you on our list. However, we know that there is no better way to encourage new singers to join us than by word of mouth, so we are hoping that you will take the opportunity to forward the information on to your friends, print and post flyers around your neighborhood, and share your passion for Encore.

Encore conductors, staff and volunteers are all happily gearing up to welcome you to a wonderful new season of singing, comradery, and performance experiences. As a matter of fact, Encore conductors and chorale masters are meeting this Friday in preparation for rehearsals. We can’t wait to see you in September!

Smiles, Mary

Mary Spencer

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Executive Director

A Message from Jeanne Kelly, Founder and Artistic Director

Hello to all of you marvelous Encore singers!

I am so excited about the start of our fall season 2016. The music is challenging, beautiful, fun, audience pleasing and I know you will love it.  We start out with the grand, And the Glory of the Lord from Handel’s “Messiah”, setting the stage for a magnificent concert.  Also included are the ever popular Shepherd’s Pipe Carol by Rutter, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day by Helvey, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach, Chanukah Prayer by David Lantz111, Irving Berlin’s Christmas including Happy Holiday, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Snow and White Christmas,  and the very funny Zoom Zoom Zoom, arranged by our very own Nick Intveldt, accompanist for the Encore Chorale of Frederick!

All twenty holiday concerts have been scheduled.   We are ready!  The repertoire this season has something to please everyone.   Can you imagine trying to please 1000 singers?   Well,  I think this rep will do it. 

So register today and sing away!!!

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Traveling with Encore!!!


It has been some time since we sent a travel questionnaire to you.   And since then,  the Elbe River trip for 2017 has been cancelled by Grand Circle.   It seems the river was many times too high or too low. We had about 18 interested in the trip from Nice to Paris, but I think we will stay out of France for a while. And we had 7 for the Mississippi River trip.  


So, I went to work again and came up with two exciting trips - a national choice and an international choice!


For national travel:

A three day musical retreat at the gorgeous

Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia

February 24 to 26, 2017

This will be our first weekend getaway for Encore!


The historic and grand Omni Homestead Resort will be celebrating their 250th anniversary and Encore will be celebrating our 10th anniversary!!!!!   So it is fitting that we visit the Homestead for a grand weekend of fabulous song, food, drink, lodging and friends.  Let’s celebrate!!

We will stay in beautiful rooms, enjoy scrumptious meals, and participate in Encore Chorale rehearsals,  Encore ROCKS rehearsals, vocal technique classes, and sight reading classes.

Jeanne Kelly and Jeff Dokken will keep you amused and singing beautifully! Bus transportation will be offered for those who are interested.

We will leave Friday, February 24 at 8am and arrive at noon for lunch. We will work musically for about three hours and then enjoy lots of fun. You can relax in the hot springs of the hotel or enjoy their wonderful indoor pool!  The meals will be fabulous and the socializing will be marvelous. 

Saturday, we will work musically from 10am to noon and in the afternoon you can enjoy the hotel and all it has to offer. And, we have been invited to perform for their  tea! Sunday, we will do a little rehearsing, and then do a short performance. We will arrive back in DC at about 6:30pm.

Spouses, partners, and guests are warmly welcomed.


Check out the Omni Homestead Resort here:

Single rate approximate cost :  $755.00  including room and all meals,resort fees, taxes, choral rehearsals and classes.

Double rate approximate cost:  $1,115.00 including room and all meals for two, resort fees, taxes, choral rehearsals and classes.

Please note that a double rate includes either one couple or two friends sharing a room with two beds!

Bus transportation will be $65 per person and is non-refundable.


In order for Encore to hold space at this superb hotel,  we need to hear from those that wish to do this trip. Please respond by September 10 if you wish to join us.  Please email Jeanne Kelly at  Jeanne.kelly@encorecreativity.org 



For international travel:

Spain and Portugal in Depth

May 25 – June 8, 2017

 Madrid,  Granada,  Torremolinos,   Seville,   Lisbon

We will travel by coach to tour these magnificent cities rich in culture and history. On our Grand Circle journey we will visit 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including El Escorial, Historic Center of Toledo, Historic Center of Cordoba, The Alhambra, Gothic Cathedral of Seville, Lisbon’s Belem Tower and The Palace of Sintra. There are five hotels, one for each city we will visit. Hotels are centrally located. The tour includes 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners. The longest coach connection is on day 5: one and one half hours to Toledo from Madrid, and then 3 three and one half hours to Granada.

Grand Circle tour directors will present excellent in-depth tours of each city. Grand Circle is known for their Home-Hosted visits and we will enjoy lunch with a family in the village of Salinas. So practice your Spanish! And you can travel to Africa!  There is an optional full-day tour to exotic Morocco. Our plan is to present two concerts along our journey. This trip is limited to 42 travelers. There are 10 single rooms available.


Click here to view this exciting trip in detail!


Cost of Spain and Portugal in Depth -  $2495.00

Air fare from Dulles or BWI  -  $ 1500.00

Pre-trip to Barcelona leaves May 21.   Cost is $995.00 per person


In order for us to present concerts, I will have to know who is planning to travel. We need to have a balanced chorale. Please contact Jeanne Kelly to be placed on the list at Jeanne.kelly@encorecreativity.org 

Please respond by September 10, 2016



Jeanne Kelly, Founder/Artistic Director


Encore offers a Sight Singing class at 10th and G  this fall!


Can you imagine picking up a new Encore choral score you have never heard before and being able to sing it flawlessly?!!! Ever wonder what all those notes on your music mean?  Why they go up and why they go down? Ever feel like you could perform more easily and confidently in rehearsal if you knew how to sight-read? Well, here is your chance!!

John Horman,  music director at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 10th and G in DC, will teach a four week sight singing class beginning Wednesday, September 28 at 1:15pm.  You will learn crucial skills to enable you to be a stronger singer.

Class will meet at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street, Washington, DC (10th and G) and is open to participants from all 20 Encore Chorales.  

Class is limited to 40 students, so if you are interested, don't delay in signing up!

Tuition:  $80.00   Click here to register!

Our new office address is 5419 Deale Churchton Road, Suite 102, Churchton, MD 20733. Our phone number has remained the same and you can reach us at 301-261-5747.

Did you know that Encore's fiscal year runs from September 1 through August 30 each year.  If you have already made a contribution to Encore this fiscal year, thank you. If not, we have less than two weeks remaining in this fiscal year and we would love for you to consider a "very end-of-year" gift to Encore.  To make your gift securely online click here. Each gift is truly appreciated and helps to strengthen our program. We hope that each singer will participate each year in making a philanthropic gift in support of Encore! Thank you!

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Do you need more information about singing with Encore this fall?

You can click here to see the article featured on the Encore website home page with the list of all locations with rehearsal start dates and time. You can also Click here to go straight to the online registration links and information or you can visit the Locations tab on the Encore website, find your location, and click the registration link provided there.

Note that your registration fee now includes your sheet music and a rehearsal CD. We will no longer collect cash payments for CDs and sheet music - it's all included in your registration fee. (except AACC singers who will pay $25 at first rehearsal). If you do not wish to keep your music at the end of the season, you may certainly donate it back to Encore's Music Lending Library, but it is otherwise yours to mark up as you like and keep for future enjoyment.

Scholarships for singers!

Should any singer have difficulty affording the full registration fee, please remember that Encore does have full and partial scholarships available to a limited number of singers in need of financial assistance.  Please contact Mary Spencer in confidence to learn more.

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ENCORE ROCKS has added three new locations in the Fall - Alexandria, Annapolis and Reston.  Our very successful existing locations at Glen Echo Park in Bethesda and in Washington DC will continue this Fall. Join us and rock out! The conductor extraordinaire for most of the ENCORE ROCKS programs will be Jeffrey Dokken. Joining Jeff will be the fabulous David Allen as our newest ROCKS conductor in Reston. Tell all your friends about Encore's newest program - ENCORE ROCKS!

The exciting repertoire includes: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Motown: The Musical, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Jingle Bell Rock, Under The Boardwalk, and A Tribute to Bon Jovi.

Encore Chorale is a 501c3 non-profit organization that relies on tuition fees and the donations of friends and supporters to maintain the program. Your tax deductible donation will be used to continue to enhance the program, offer scholarships to those who cannot afford tuition, and continue to offer free concerts for the community. Donations may be made securely online with a credit card here.Encore also is set up to accept gifts of stock and IRA distributions. Please help keep Encore available to all who want to keep singing throughout their lives.

Donations may be sent to:
Encore Creativity for Older Adults
 5419 Deale Churchton Road

Suite #102
Churchton, MD 20733

Thank you for your support!

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