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Encore Newsletter
March 2018
The largest and fastest growing choral music program for singers age 55+!
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Encore's current fiscal year runs from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. Your gift, regardless of the amount, helps Encore provide a life-changing experience to over 1200 singers each year. Your gift makes it happen!
There is always something new featured on Encore's Facebook page. See what's happening, share with your friends, and join in the conversation.  
Encore's 10th Anniversary was fabulous. Check out this special edition of the Annual Report featuring highlights of this very special year. 
Encore is recieving press coverage all over the region. Check out the splash that our singers are making! We are so proud of our Encore singers!  
Keep working on your harmonies between rehearsals. Check out your music tracks right on Encore's website. 
Check out the photos and videos of Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS concerts. Our singers know how to impress their audiences!  
Shop Amazon Smile and support Encore  
Another way to support Encore
Article Image If you shop through Amazon, there is a simple way to direct some of Amazon's profit from your purchase right back to Encore. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligable AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Shop through to get started. Type in Encore Creativity for Older Adults as your chosen non-profit and continue to shop. Every penny helps and it really is that simple! Thanks!
AARP Continues as Encore's Presenting Sponsor 
Check out a very special message to Encore's singers from AARP. Thank you AARP for believing in our Mission!  
About Encore 
Our Mission
Encore is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Encore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.
All Encore programs are conducted by professional artists who will know how to get the most from their members. So come join the excitement, either as a beginner or at an advanced level. This is an excellent way to learn how to develop or improve your musical abilities, meet new friends, and look forward to an exciting performance schedule.
You’re never too old to try something new—and have the time of your life!
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NYC - We're Here! 
There is still time to register
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Encore is now a part of it – New York, New York. Encore’s first NON-AUDITONED New York choral programs have opened in Manhattan as of this week. The Encore Chorale of NYC - Midtown is at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, a most prestigious location near Central Park and Rockefeller Center. Encore ROCKS NYC - Lincoln Square, Encore's Rock & Roll Chorus, is located at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, right off Central Park.
Conducting both programs is Justin Jalea, a highly qualified musician and conductor who is excited to be bringing Encore to New York. Justin has founded, and been artistic director of, several vocal ensembles in Canada and the U.S. Read more about Justin.
Pictured above is the first rehearsal of Encore Chorale of NYC - Midtown. Registrations for these programs will remain open through second rehearsals next week.
Mark Your Calendars
As always, Encore will have a full concert schedule in May. All concerts are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.  Both the Chorale and ROCKS repertoires are especially good this year, so you won't want to miss out.  Mark you calendar now!
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(Click READ MORE to see detailed schedule)
Are you on the list? 
2017-2018 donors acknowledged in Spring Concert Program
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As we prepare to create another exciting printed Spring Concert Program, we are working on preparing the list that includes our wonderful donors. The printed Spring Concert Program will list all donors who have made a gift in our current fiscal year including gifts recieved from September 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.
New this year - Encore is able to accept and record pledges in support of Encore.  Both gifts and pledges will be acknowledged together in the printed program. If you know that you’ll be making a gift to Encore before the end of our fiscal year – August 31st- please consider making a pledge so that you will be listed along with your fellow donors in the Spring Concert Program. Once you make a pledge, you will have until August 31 to fulfill your pledge. We will even send you a helpful pledge reminder before the end of the fiscal year, should the payment slip your mind.
Accepting pledges is a wonderful way to allow Encore to budget for the year. Please remember that 24% of our operating income is supported directly through philanthropic gifts. Without our wonderful donors, Encore would not be able to offer the full and excellent program that is extended to the 1333 singers we have served this year. We hope that we will have the support of 100% of our singers, which speaks volumes for Encore as we apply for grants. A gift of any size is very meaningful and helps Encore continue to offer our program to a growing number of singers. Your participation matters!
If you are unsure about whether you have made a gift this fiscal please email Mary Spencer at or call 301-261-5747. If you would like to be listed as a donor in the spring concert program, please consider making a gift or pledge today.
Giving Levels
Presenting Sponsor $10,000+
Platinum Sponsor $5,000+
Gold Sponsor $2,500+
Silver Sponosr $1,000+
Bronze Sponsor $500+
Patron $250+
Supporter $100 +
Friend up to $100
Many thanks for the myriad ways you enrich Encore’s program and the lives of your fellow singers.
Encore Singer Profile 
Mary Jo Klank
Article ImageMary Jo Klank is a long-time singer with Encore, currently singing  in an Encore Chorale at the Schweinhaut Senior Center and in Glen Echo ROCKS. She has joined Encore on a variety of Encore trips and summer camps.
How did you discover Encore and how long have you been an Encore singer? I’d been retired for a year or so when my sister told me about a chorus over at Schweinhaut that sang at the Kennedy Center; so I visited to see it and stayed. Seven years into retirement, I can’t imagine a life without Encore.
What do you love most about singing with Encore? Things I love about Encore are the beautiful music, the fun and friendship of rehearsals, and the thrill of performance.
What does your family think of your participation in Encore? My family loves the concerts. My grandsons, too, “especially Jingle Bells.” My daughter’s mother-in-law also sings. So, Encore is a family affair!
Has Encore made a difference in your life? In what way? Encore gave me something I’d searched for all my life: singing. I have a Masters in Vocal Performance! But, I never really learned how to sing. The only singing I did was in my classroom for 47 years. Now I love to sing. I’ve learned so much. I practice out loud with my neighbors as an audience.
Do you have a favorite song that you have performed with Encore? Why was it your favorite? One of my favorite songs to sing is “Lux Aeterna.” It’s beautiful and it feels so good to sing.
Can you tell us what you like most about your conductor? My conductors are Jeanne and Jeff. They are demanding, fun, and very human – a perfect combination.
If you had a wish for Encore’s future, what would it be? My wish is that Encore will continue and flourish for a long time and that many people will find a “home” in Encore.
A visit to Encore's Denver Chorales 
Encore Affiliates Shine! 
Our two area Denver Encore Chorales are a smashing success!   Jeanne and Larry Kelly visited the Highlands Ranch Encore Chorale and Littleton Encore Chorale in early March. “We were treated like rock stars,” says Jeanne Kelly, Encore Founder.  
“We were so delighted to visit both chorales and meet the happy and fabulous singers. Everyone is passionate about our Encore program.” Brian Leatherman, conductor extraordinaire and Cindy Runkel, excellent pianist and Executive Director of both chorales, run a highly successful program. Encore is so proud of their work.  Kelly had a chance to work with the talented singers, rehearsing Les Miserables and You Make Me Feel So Young. “What a blast,” reports Kelly.  A lovely luncheon followed the Highlands Ranch rehearsal. 
Join us for a wonderful week of song with singers from around the country!
New this year - International Vocal Ensembles Join Encore Singers for a Special Day of Workshops and Performances!
Campers stay on-site at beautiful venues while they rehearse,work on vocal technique and sight reading, and then conclude the weekwith a performance on stage for family, friends and the community. 
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Chestertown, Maryland
June 24–June 28, 2018
11th Annual Summer Institute at the famed Chautauqua Institution! Don't miss this experience. Spend a week at one of the nation's premier summer arts centers.
Chautauqua, New York
August 26– August 31, 2018
Make Your Tax-deductible Gift Today!
Thank you for Supporting Encore Creativity for Older Adults! 
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Encore is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has brought joy to many in the Baltimore-Washington area and across the nation.  
With your help, we can:
  • Strengthen our existing programs and maintain low fees
  • Fund the staff and professional conductors needed to sustain programs
  • Continue to provide program scholarships
  • Provide FREE community concerts at the conclusion of each season in high visibility and quality venues
You TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation, regardless of amount, will make a difference. There are many ways to make a donation to Encore - direct cash/credit, IRA Charitable Rollover, Stock, and more. Please review the information below to determine the method for you.
Thank you for helping bring professionally directed arts programs to our older adults. The Encore Federal EIN number is 30-0420278.
Please consider the following levels of support. Note that gifts are cumulative annually for each level of support.
Giving Levels
Presenting Sponsor $10,000+
Platinum Sponsor $5,000+
Gold Sponsor $2,500+
Silver Sponosr $1,000+
Bronze Sponsor $500+
Patron $250+
Supporter $100 +
Friend up to $100
You may contribute online using the donation form HERE or the Jeane Kelly Fund donation form HERE.

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