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August 2017 Newsletter
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Hello marvelous Encore singers!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. We miss you! Plans are underway for another wonderful season of singing starting in September. Registration is now open for most of our chorale locations and we hope to see every singer back again this fall. The registration links are below.  In addition to the fall season, we have a few other exciting things in the works!
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Please read this newsletter which will give you information about our newest events and travel opportunities. First, there is the Summer Sing coming up in just a few days! August 3rd is the date and the details are below. Next up will be a spectacular week of camp at the magnificent Chautauqua Institution in New York. In addition, we have an opportunity to travel to the beautiful Homestead Resort in December 2017 followed by a fabulous trip to Canada next May, which is now a "GO"! We already have 112 singers signed up! Don't miss these amazing experiences! Register today!

Sing on!
Jeanne Kelly
Founder and Artistic Director
Encore Welcomes New Conductors to Begin this Fall!
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Gisèle Becker is one of the Washington area’s leading choral conductors. Becker has served as Director of Choral Activities at the George Washington University, Chorus Master of the Cathedral Choral Society, Assistant Conductor of the Washington Bach Consort and continues to be Music Director of the Cantate Chamber Singers. Giselle will be co-conducting the Schweinhaut Encore Chorale with Jeanne Kelly. Her vision of musical excellence and her commitment to imaginative programming, including commissions and premiere performances of new choral works, have earned for her the highest admiration and respect from her professional colleagues and audiences alike. The Washington Post says Becker “has molded her group into a well balanced and responsive ensemble … focused, intelligent music-making.” The Post called her 2003 performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor “a version as transfixing as it was bold … riveting in its fresh, impassioned and personal vision.”

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As a music director, Doug Byerly has led professional, community and academic companies in productions of opera, operetta and musical theater (over 100 productions to date). He has over 25 years of classroom experience, having taught elementary, middle school, high school (including music magnet and arts schools) and college. He is a Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College, where he directs the AACC Concert Choir, Opera AACC, and teaches music theory, voice and conducting. Byerly is the former director of Choirs and Adjunct Professor of Voice at Washington College and the Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Doug is the Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist in Hydes, Maryland. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Byerly holds his Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University. He lives in Towson, Maryland with his beautiful wife Christine.  Doug will be conducting the new Towson ROCKS group.
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Brian Gendron serves as Artistic Director of Alexandria Choral Society.  Since he joined the organization in 2009, the choir has shared the stage with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Holst’s The Planets, and the world premiere of Kim Allen Kluge’s River Poem.  They have presented Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Haydn’s The Creation, Pärt’s Berliner Messe, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and have led Handel’s Messiah at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He earned degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has presented interest sessions and conducted invitational performances for the American Choral Directors Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, and Virginia Music Teachers Association.  Gendron currently leads the choirs at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia. Brian will be co-conducting the Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads Encore Chorale with Jeff Dokken and the Langston Brown Encore Chorale with Jeanne Kelly.

Fall Season Starts in September! Register now and reserve your place!

Encore singers had a superb season this spring! Spread the word to friends and neighbors and invite them to join us for the fall! Tuition includes 15 weekly rehearsals, expert instruction under the direction of professional conductor, sheet music, rehearsal CD in your voice part, and concert performances at the end of the semester. We are encouraging registration in advance. This will help ensure that we order the appropriate number of CDs and sets of sheet music. To register online please click on the chorale or ROCKS Chorus location below.

Chorale NameConductorRehearsesStart Date
Anne Arundel Community College Encore ChoraleJeanne KellyMonday - 2-3:30pmMonday, September 11
Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale  Deb IntVeldtWednesday - 1:30-3pmWednesday, September 6
Alexandria Encore ChoraleJeff DokkenMonday - 10:30-12noonMonday, September 11
Capital Encore ChoraleJeanne KellyWednesday - 10-11:30pmWednesday, September 6
Columbia Encore ChoraleStephen HarouffMonday - 10:30-12noonMonday, September 11
Encore Chorale of FrederickDeborah IntVeldtThursday - 10:30-12noonThursday, September 7
Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park Encore ChoraleJeanne Kelly/Jeff DokkenThursday - 1-2:30pmThursday, September 7
Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads Encore ChoraleBrian Gendron/Jeff DokkenFriday - 1-2:30pmFriday, September 8
Langston Brown Encore ChoraleJeanne Kelly/Brian GendronTuesday - 1:45-3:15pmTuesday, September 5
Lansdowne Woods Encore ChoraleJeanne Kelly
Wednesday - 2-3:30pmWednesday, September 6
Fairfax Encore Chorale (formerly Potomac)Jeanne KellyTuesday - 11-12:30pmTuesday, September 5
Encore Chorale of RestonDavid LangTuesday - 2-3:30pmTuesday, September 5
Schweinhaut Encore ChoraleJeanne Kelly/Giselle BeckerMonday - 10:30-12noonMonday, September 11
Southern Maryland Encore ChoraleJoey HoopengardnerWednesday - 1-2:30pmWednesday, September 6
Towson Encore ChoraleStephen HarouffThursday - 2-3:30pmThursday, September 7
Encore Rocks Glen Echo Jeff DokkenWednesday - 1:30-3pmWednesday, September 6
Encore Rocks AnnapolisJeff DokkenTuesday - 10:30 - 12noonTuesday, September 5
Encore Rocks DCJeff DokkenThursday - 7-8:30pmThursday, September 7
Encore Rocks Fairfax (formerly Reston)David LangFriday - 10:30-12:00pmFriday, September 8
Jeff DokkenWednesday - 11:00-12:30pm
Wednesday, September 6
Encore Rocks Towson                            Doug Byerly                 TBA                        TBA

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 301.261.5747.
Get ready to sing!

Kick off your holiday season by traveling with Encore!!!
You asked for it! You got it!
We invite all interested Encore singers to join us for one of our repeat travel programs! Last year, our first weekend trip was a huge success with 90 singers joining us at the Omni Homestead Resort. Our trip included wonderful rehearsals, a performance for hotel guests and even a flash mob during high tea! This December we are returning to the Homestead to enjoy the gorgeous holiday decorations in this historic resort. We need to hear from singers in order to confirm with the resort and contract the appropriate number of rooms with the hotel. They will only block rooms that we can guarantee. Please don't delay in letting us know of your interest. Email the Encore Office at info@encorecreativity.org to add your name to the list. You will be contacted separately with additional trip details.
A three-day musical retreat at the gorgeous
Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
December 1 - 3, 2017
This will be our second weekend getaway for Encore!
The historic and grand Omni Homestead Resort is celebrating their 250th anniversary and Encore is celebrating our 10th anniversary!!!!! So, it is fitting that we visit the Homestead once again for a grand weekend of fabulous song, food, drink, lodging and friends. Many of our singers are still dreaming of the over-the-top breakfast experience each morning! And, we hear that the holiday decorations are simply stunning!
We will stay in beautiful rooms, enjoy scrumptious meals, and participate in Encore Chorale rehearsals, vocal technique classes, and sight-reading classes. Jeanne Kelly will keep you amused and singing beautifully! Bus transportation will be offered for those who are interested.
We will leave Friday, December 1st 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 must offer. And, we have been invited to perform for Homestead guests once again. Sunday, we will enjoy the resort before leaving at lunchtime. 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 cost:  $775.00 including room and all meals, resort fees, taxes, choral rehearsals and classes.  Double rate cost:  $1,155.00 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 $110.00 per person and is non-refundable. Bus stops TBD later.
If you would like to join this Encore weekend adventure, we need to hear from you immediately. Please email the Encore Office at info@encorecreativity.org or call 301-261-5747.
May 2018 Encore Canada Trip!

We are happy to announce that the trip to Canada through Classical Movements is confirmed. We have enough singers to perform 3 fabulous concerts and we couldn't be more thrilled. The confirmed dates will be sent out very soon as well as deposit information and other details. Thanks to all who RSVPed. This trip is going to be great. If you have not yet expressed your interest, don't despair. Once the dates and details are set, all will be welcome to register.  

Classical Movements loves what we are all about and they have put together a splendid Eastern Canadian trip for May 2018. Encore will be performing 3 large concerts on our concert tour!! The date of departure will be near May 25, 2018- though exact dates have not yet been confirmed.

The trip begins with a flight to Montreal, where we will enjoy a tour of the area and perform a concert in a high-profile venue, perhaps Norte-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Stunning! We will also include the picturesque town of Laval, known for its thriving arts scene, museums, art galleries, and intricate architecture. We will perform a concert in Laval. Then off by bus or train along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec!  We will enjoy a city tour. This day also includes a sound check for our third big concert. The sixth day we tour around the Quebec area including Montmorency Falls. Day 7 we will have free time to wonder around Quebec.

Classical Movements will make sure our concerts are a great success. The price is $2,800 and includes round-trip flight to Montreal from DC, local transportation, six nights for twin room accommodations, and most food.  If you are interested in being added to the list, email us at info@encorecreativity.org or call 310-261-5747.

There is still 4 weeks left to make your Annual Fund Gift this year! As Encore's Executive Director, I would like to thank all of our donors who continue to make Encore your philanthropic priority. It has been an exciting year with many special initiatives underway. We ask that every singer make a contribution each year to Encore's Annual Fund. These gifts, made in support of Encore's operating budget, are what keeps the doors open, the lights on, the staff in place to support you, excellent conductors working hard to be there for our singers, and the excellent rehearsals and concert venues available.
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20% of our operating budget is provided through donations. Your gifts help keep tuition affordable so that as many singers as possible have access to our program. If you have not yet made your gift to this fiscal year's Annual Fund, please do so today. Our fiscal year runs until August 30th, so there is still time to make a difference. Gifts received prior to August 30 will be listed in the Annual Report coming out this fall. A gift to the Annual Fund is the first and most important gift you can make to Encore. It is what keeps us going day after day! Your generous donation is tax deductible.
Click here to make your gift! or call me at the Encore Office at 301-261-5747.

Happy Summer,
Mary Spencer
Executive Director
Registration is still open for Encore's
Summer Choral Institute at Chautauqua!

Registration is still open for Encore Chorale’s Summer Choral Institutes at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua NY, August 27 - September 1, 2017.  The institute, now in its 10th year, attracts adult students from all over the country and at all levels of vocal experience, for an exciting week of intensive choral music study. Join the 80 singers who have already registered!

Participant program fees include all classes, materials, on-site accommodations, daily fitness classes and meals. The Institute offers evening performances by local and national artists. Commuter students are welcome and fees are adjusted accordingly. Non-participating spouses or guests are also welcome and their fees include shared accommodations with the singer and meals with the program participants. The week concludes with a performance by the singers for family, friends and the community. Camp participants do not need to be current Encore singers and there are no auditions. 

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - Friday, September 1, 2017
Registration deadline is August 1, 2017
Fees: $1385 single occupancy - all-inclusive
$1195 double occupancy per person - all-inclusive
$605 commuter rate
$810 non-singing spouse/guest
$160 for round-trip bus transportation from DC to Chautauqua (optional)
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All New! Join us for an Encore Summer Sing!

Encore hopes that you miss us as much as we miss hearing your joyful and beautiful voices!!!!   So, we have decided to present a grand   “SUMMER SING”   on Thursday, August 3rd from 7:30 – 9pm.
Jeanne Kelly and Jeff Dokken will be ready to challenge and amuse you! 
Location:   First Congregational United Church of Christ
                945 G. Street
                Washington, DC 20001
Singer Fee:  $15.00
Bring a friend! The more the merrier!! Repertoire will include the title song from Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, with selections including Cotton Blossom, Make Believe, You Are Love, Bill, Why Do I Love You?, Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine, Dat Man and Ol Man River, and also the fabulous music of George and Ira Gershwin including Love is Here to Stay, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, ‘S Wonderful, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm. It is a spectacular repertoire for a summer evening so come join us for great singing and socializing.
Or call the Encore office at 301-261-5747
Hope to see you August 3!!!!!
Encore singers know how to have a good time!

To add to the excitement, Encore has been getting quite a bit of publicity as well. Encore's goal is to make sure that every older adult in the country who wants to sing has the opportunity. We are very hopeful that as a result of this burst of new publicity, more and more singers will find Encore.

Below are links to some of our favorite media coverage.

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Our 10th Anniversary celebrations will continue for the remainder of 2017
and we look forward to sharing more special events this fall.
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An Exciting Partnership for Encore!
Encore is thrilled to have AARP as a 10th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor. This sponsorship supports our anniversary year celebrations and provided resources for us to offer our once-in-a-lifetime performance on the stage of DAR Constitution Hall on May 13, 2017!  We are so grateful for this partnership for many reasons.  AARP’s financial support also funds annual operating costs, tuition scholarships, professional conductor fees, equipment costs, and staffing.
Most importantly, this sponsorship ensures that Encore will continue to provide free concerts to the community.  AARP advocates new discoveries and new possibilities at any age -- in perfect sync with Encore's mission to provide an excellent and artistic environment to older adults. Thank you to AARP and to all of our singers and friends of Encore for your continued support.

Encore Sponsorship Opportunities
Throughout fall 2017, Encore will continue to celebrate 10 successful years!  We are thrilled to provide a program that continues to inspire creativity and joy.  Over the past 10 years, Encore has grown – now serving 10 counties in Maryland, Virginia and DC, with over 1000 singers each year!  Our free concerts bring in an average of 4,000 audience members in December and May and we continue to hear from our national affiliates about their success. 

We thank our currents sponsors who have decided to support Encore. If you'd like to know more about these sponsors, click here to be directed to the Encore Home page. Click on their logos on the left-hand side of the page to find out about each of these sponsors.  

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
Kure Pain Management
Ginger Cove
OBXtek, Inc

Silver Sponsor
Maryland Capital Advisors

Bronze Sponsor
Chautauqua Institution
Foxes Music
Goodwin House
The Woodlands Retirement Community
Sponsorship helps Encore continue to offer free community concerts, presenting polished, highly professional performance to appreciative audiences. Being a sponsor this year will provide a wonderful opportunity for organizations and businesses to be highlighted to thousands of singers and their family and friends.  Sponsorships are also critical in supporting financial aid for those who would not otherwise be able to sing with Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS.
If you have a business or organization that might be a good fit to sponsor Encore, the office staff can put the right package together for you. All sponsorship benefits are offered for a full year after Encore receives a sponsorship, so it is never too late in the season to become a sponsor of Encore! Click here to download and review Encore Sponsorship opportunities and benefits.
Have fun with Encore all year long!
Great music never gets old.
Singing great music keeps you young! 

The DAR Constitution Hall 10th Anniversary Concert was a blast.
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Encore's office address is 5419 Deale Churchton Road, Suite 102, Churchton, MD 20733.
You can reach us by phone at 301-261-5747.

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!