Encore is now a part of it – New York, New York. Encore’s first New York choral programs will open in Manhattan in March 2018. The Midtown Encore Chorale will be at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian
Church, a most prestigious location near Central Park and Rockefeller Center. Encore ROCKS Lincoln Square, Encore's Rock & Roll Chorus, will be located at the New York Society for Ethical Culture
, 2 West 64th Street, right off Central Park.
Conducting both programs will be 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
As the nation’s largest and fastest growing choral organization for adults over the age of 55, Encore is pleased to be continuing our growth in New York. We anticipate future program additions in and around The Big Apple.
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.
June 24–June 28, 2018
Rock on in Annapolis!
This camp is selling out fast - don't miss out - register today!
St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD
August 6–August 10, 2018
This program is a rock & roll focused camp and totally unique from any other Encore Summer Institutes. The week will include screenings of rock documentaries, sessions about the history and culture of rock, and of course, diving deep into the melodies, harmonies and rhythms of the rock repertoire during fun and intensive daily rehearsals and a rockin’ finale concert!
Encore welcomes two new members to the Board of Directors
Rayna Aylward and Dr. Sylvia Crowder
Rayna Ayward is co-founder and co-chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, which focuses on strengthening the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities. Established in 2014, the 50-member Coalition hosts the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, honoring exceptional individual mentors and mentoring programs across the country.
Rayna also serves as a board member of PolicyWorks, a national nonprofit that promotes mentorships leading to career connections, and teaches English as a second language at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.
As a presidential appointee under President Obama, 2009-2013, Rayna served as Special Assistant to the US Secretary of Education, with a policy focus on college and career readiness and school to work transition. She initiated the Department of Education’s first internship program for youth with disabilities, an interagency collaboration and partnership with the District of Columbia school system that has become a federal model. Read More about Rayna Aylward by clicking here.
Dr. Sylvia W. Crowder retired from 15 years of federal service on June 30, 2013. Immediately prior to retirement, she served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Director of International and Foreign Language Education (IFEL), Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversaw and managed national and international grant programs and contracts under Title VI and Title VII legislation of the U.S. Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961.
Dr. Crowder has served in leadership roles on a variety of boards at U.S. colleges and non-profit management organizations, including the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College, a multi-campus community college in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she served for eleven years - two of which were as Chairwoman of the Board; and, on the Board of Trustees at Olivet College, a four-year private liberal arts institution in Olivet, Michigan. Dr. Crowder served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, where she also was President for two years and Chair of the Grants Committee. She is a member of the 2003 class of Montgomery County Maryland’s Leadership Montgomery.
She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Adult Education Policy from the University of Maryland; a Master of Science in French Linguistics from the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University; and a Bachelor of Arts with a major concentration in French and minor concentration in Russian from Howard University. Read Sylvia Crowder's full bio here.
Purchase your Encore Swag today!
Purchase all of your favorite Encore Merchandise through our new online store.
Featuring Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS embroidered long-sleeve and short-sleeve polo shirts, music bags, umbrellas, hats, visors, and water bottles.
New this season – Embroidered fleece jackets and sweatshirts for Chorale and ROCKS singers.
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!
(Click READ MORE to see detailed schedule)
Make Your Tax-deductible Gift Today!
Thank you for Supporting Encore Creativity for Older Adults!
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.
|Presenting Sponsor $10,000+
|Platinum Sponsor $5,000
|Gold Sponsor $2,500
|Silver Sponosr $1,000
|Bronze Sponsor $500
|Supporter $100 +
|Friend up to $100
You may contribute online using the donation form HERE or the Jeane Kelly Fund donation form HERE.
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!