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Encore Newsletter
January 2019
The largest and fastest growing choral music program for singers age 55+!
“Music is the emotional life of most people.”
―  Leonard Cohen
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!
Encore is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.
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AARP Continues as Encore's Presenting Sponsor
Thank you AARP for believing in our Mission!  
From Jeanne Kelly
A message from our Founder and Artistic Director
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Hello all of you fabulous Encore singers,
Five hundred and fifty Encore Chorale and ROCKS singers performed a spectacular holiday concert on December 26th in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. We estimate there were 2,100 in the audience wildly cheering us on. It was indeed a huge success for Encore. The Kennedy Center presents three huge free concerts over the holiday. They are Tuba Christmas, Messiah Sing-Along and drum roll please.......Encore!
We are all very lucky to receive this invitation and the Kennedy Center was so delighted with our performance that they have invited us to perform a concert on December 26, 2019! They love Encore and the excellence and professionalism we bring to the Kennedy Center.
I woke up the morning of our Kennedy Center concert and knew exactly what coffee mug I would use for my morning coffee. It says "Do Your Best." I thought about that all day. And when I was choosing jewelry for my dress, I knew I had to wear a necklace my mother had worn. She would be so darn proud of Encore. With incredible teamwork and diligent preparation, we pulled off the best concert Jeff, Stephen and I could have hoped for. Thank you to you all!
Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy rehearsing the spring repertoire.
Encore Inclement Weather Policy 
Always refer to the Encore website first!
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The Encore Office will post any rehearsal cancellations due to inclement weather on the homepage of the website. The notice will be displayed on the top of the page and an email will also be sent to all singers. Your Chorale Master and Conductor will let you know the details for any make-up dates and times.
Rehearsal Make-up and Visiting Policy
As a benefit of your membership in Encore, you may attend as many Chorale or ROCKS (depending on which program you are registered for) rehearsals at other locations as you wish. However, due to the fact that certain programs and registrations are under the control of our partnering organizations, you may not attend rehearsals if you are not registered there. Specifically, you may not attend rehearsals at Anne Arundel Community College Encore Chorale, Glen Echo Encore Chorale, Glen Echo ROCKS, or Goodwin House Encore Chorale if you are not registered at that location. This also applies to any rehearsals you would like to make up for those you might have missed at your primary location.
Spring 2019 Concert Schedule
Sunday, May 5
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
Columbia & Towson Chorales
Wednesday, May 8
Asbury Solomons
Southern Maryland Chorale
Friday, May 10
United Christian Parish
Reston & Fairfax Chorales
Saturday, May 11
Patuxent Presbyterian
Southern Maryland Chorale
Saturday, May 11
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick
Frederick and Asbury Methodist Village Chorales
Saturday, May 11
Church of the Epiphany
Capital Chorale
Saturday, May 11
Towson Presbyterian
Towson & Columbia Chorales
Tuesday, May 14
St. George's United Methodist Church
Fairfax Chorale and members of Reston
Wednesday, May 15
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian, NYC
Midtown Chorale and Midtown ROCKS
Friday, May 17
Masonic National Memorial
Alexandria, GHBC & Langston Chorales and Alexandria, DC & Fairfax ROCKS
Saturday, May 18 
Pascal Center, AACC
AACC & maybe Southern Maryland Chorales
Sunday, May 19
Asbury Methodist Village
AMV & Frederick Chorales
Sunday, May 19
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
Glen Echo & Schweinhaut Chorales and Annapolis, Columbia and Glen Echo ROCKS
Tuesday, May 21
Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads
GHBC & Langston Chorales
Encore Summer Choral Institutes
Registration is now open!
Participation in Encore's summer programs is not restricted to current Encore singers. Anyone ages 55 and older with a desire to participate is welcome to register. Join us for some great fun and music-making, and feel free to bring a friend who likes to sing!
KC Concert Hall
Encore Summer Choral Institute at 
Washington College, Chestertown, MD
June 23 - June 27, 2019
KC Concert Hall
Encore ROCKS Summer Institute at 
St. John's College, Annapolis, MD  
August 5 - August 9, 2019
KC Concert Hall
Encore Summer Choral Institute at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
August 25 - August 30, 2019
Meet the Conductors
Deb Int Veldt, Encore Chorale of Frederick & Encore Chorale of Asbury Methodist Village
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One of my earliest memories is from when I was about five years old. I liked to walk around the house ‘conducting’ to my favorite symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 5th. In those days I dreamed of becoming an orchestra conductor. About five years after that I discovered choral singing and some years later realized that choral conducting was my true calling.
Choral singing, which I continue to do to this day, feeds my soul in a way that nothing else can so I have spent the last thirty-five or so years of my life sharing my love of choral singing with others. I taught secondary music in a public school system for twenty years, but it wasn’t until I started working with adults that I really found the joy of choral conducting.
Nowadays, since my piano skills are not adequate for the level of music my choruses sing, I am very fortunate to be able to work with my husband, Nick, who is a great accompanist. I’ve heard many (most!) people say they could never work with their spouse, but that is not the case for us. We love it! Fun fact: Nick and I met when we were both singing in The Frederick Chorale. I was still teaching then and he was a software engineer by day and accompanist by night. Eventually we got married, he became the accompanist for the group, and I the soprano section leader. We will celebrate our 20th anniversary this coming fall. Together we bring lots of fun and heart to each rehearsal, always striving to guide our groups to a high level of musical achievement. This is our fourth year with Encore. It has been a great opportunity for us to work together and for me to share my passion for excellent choral singing. Sing on!!
Encore Singer Profile
Billie Homberg
Billie is currently a member of Encore Chorale of Frederick and also serves as the Chorale Master
How did I start singing with Encore? I became very interested in joining the Encore Chorale of Frederick after attending their 2015 Holiday concert. Even more so when I found out I did not have to audition. My singing background has been strictly amateur. School and church choirs and ending in 1980 after 12 years singing Lead in the Montgomery County Chapter of Sweet Adelines. Other than singing in the shower from 1980 to 2016, you can imagine my relief not having to audition!! 
What do I get out of singing with Encore programs? 
Being a member of Encore since Spring 2016 has opened up my mind to learn to sing songs in a foreign language, and wishing I had paid more attention to the foreign language classes I had in school. I am blown away with the musical knowledge and the singing talent our members have. I have learned to pronounce correctly many of the complicated words in a song just by listening to the talented singers around me.
I volunteered for the Chorale Master position at the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester because I hoped my administrative talent would make up for my limited singing talent.

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