Jeanne Kelly Named "Influencer in Aging"
One of Twelve Cited by Online Publication Next Avenue
Encore's Founder and Artistic Director, Jeanne Kelly, has been named one of twelve "Influencers in Aging" by the online publication Next Avenue. Next Avenue recognized "these 12 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older."
Read the article and interview with Jeanne HERE.
A Message From Our New Executive Director
Very shortly after I committed to serving as Encore’s Executive Director, I visited our ROCKS CAMP in Annapolis this August. Perhaps I should preface this story by sharing with you that I have sung choral music my entire life, and when I am not singing myself, I am an avid fan and consumer of vocal music. But what I witnessed when I walked into rehearsal at camp that day was something I will never forget. The energy in the room was palpable. It was alive, electric and full of the very best of the human spirit. I knew right then and there that I had come across an organization and a group of people that are not only kindred spirits, but further confirmation of something I have long held as a core belief: that there is extraordinary value to lifelong singing.
Whether you have sung for many years, or whether Encore is your very first experience in group singing, I trust that you are enjoying the benefits of the joy that it brings, the community that it fosters, and the spirit of life that it inspires.
I look forward to meeting all of you as the fall semester continues, but always feel free to reach out at any time.
Time is Running Short to Sign Up for Next Year's Great Adventure
Nearly 100 Encore singers and significant others have already signed up for the upcoming (May 2019) concert tour to London and Kent, England, with an optional crossing on the Queen Mary 2. One exciting feature of the QM2 voyage is that Encore will perform in the Queen's Room for High Tea on the final day of the voyage. There is still a limited time to sign up, but don't delay if you are interested, especially for the QM2 segment of the trip.
For those traveling to London on The Queen Mary 2 (QM2):
Cunard has advised Encore that availability of some classes of Queen Mary 2 staterooms is dwindling. The trip is now a definite GO, so please act immediately (not later than September 18th), if possible, to secure your choice of accommodation. What you must do:
- Call Sharleen Gordon at Cunard (800-468-7752 EXT. 41666). You must speak specifically with Sharleen, and she is generally available Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Eastern time.
- Inform Sharleen you are with Encore: Group number is TN8 and the voyage code is M914.
- Have available your passport number and credit card
- Discuss trip insurance options (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
PLEASE DO NOT DELAY BOOKING AS YOU RISK FINDING DESIRED STATEROOMS UNAVAILABLE.
England Pricing Details
* England with round trip air: $4,195
* England one-way air (QM2 travelers) $3,795
* England with no air $3,295
* Single Room supplemental cost $865
All air travelers will be on the same flight from/to Washington Dulles Airport, Departing May 30th and returning June 6th .
You may register/pay for the England segment of the trip beginning Monday, October 1st on Encore’s website. 50% payment (less deposit already paid) will be due by October 31st. Balance will be due January 31st. Payments made will be refundable per a schedule Encore will announce soon, but fully refundable at least through January 2019. Trip insurance will be available for this segment via Classical Movements and all travelers are strongly advised to obtain insurance. Encore cannot make refunds after specified dates.
Approximately 75% of the travelers are crossing on the QM2. This is going to be a spectacular travel and concert experience!
As mentioned above, there will be two significant performances, one in London and one in Kent, and Encore will be performing at least one concert in collaboration with a British choir. Full details are still in the planning stages, but it certainly promises to be a memorable journey. For more details - still tentative, of course - see the trip overview on Encore's web site HERE.
Encore Singers Stayed Busy
There was no rest for Encore singers (and staff!) this summer. It started off with a bang with a wonderfully successful concert tour of Quebec Province, Canada, including concerts in Montreal, Quebec City and the town of Sorel-Tracy. After barely getting unpacked, it was time for our annual Summer Camp in Chestertown, MD. Our first ever Rock & Roll Camp sold out in a few days. Campers had the town of Annapolis rocking for five days and drew a huge crowd to their concert. One camper wrote: "One of the best parts for me was that I laughed so much. It was all so joyful and uplifting, the people congenial and fun to talk to and sing with. If felt a bit like high school but much better. I kept writing home that I "was having a blast" especially after the first night's concert when we all danced and sang all the words to every song."
Then an eleven-year tradition was maintained with our final camp of the summer. held at the beautiful Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. Many of the participants have been attending for years – some going back to the beginning. It’s always a great way to finish the summer season. And now, back to “business as usual!”
Kiplinger Says "Join a Choral Group in Retirement"
Newsletter Profiles Encore and Touts Benefits
Encore was recently profiled in the online and print versions of the Kiplinger Newsletter. The article quoted Encore singers Marge Lynch and Jerry Catron, who described the importance of Encore in their lives, especially when going through difficult times.
Brian Leatherman, who co-founded the Denver Affiliate Program in 2015, which now numbers 180 people, noted that “people embrace each other and dear friendships are established.”
Betty Mayonado has sung in the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale for several years and recently was part of the Canada tour with Classical Movements.
My introduction to Encore Chorale was when I attended the Summer Camp at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I was more curious about the college than the camp since I attended the college decades and decades ago and haven’t visited, even though I live in St Mary’s County. I developed and received my musical ability living in Baltimore at an early age from individuals who had sustaining patience with me. My music background was acquired through voice, instrumental lessons and various choral groups from elementary school to college. As a member of Encore Chorale, I sang in the concerts from Annapolis to the Kennedy Center and went on the most outstanding trip to Quebec, Canada. This was the most rewarding trip to me, experiencing many sites, concerts, people, and much more. I also want to mention the amazing group to which I belong. This group had the ability to learn and conquer the song Sing On with the assistance of our director, retired high school music educator Joey Hoopengardner, who made the group understand the musicality of the song in a very fun way. The Chorale consists of an interesting mix of people from various professions: Private business owners, educators-professors (elementary to college), engineers, military officers, doctors, nurses, an EMT, and a systems analyst. I want to mention that there are retired music teachers and some professional musicians, but most of us are not professionals. This group has individuals that belong to other groups such as church choirs, St Mary’s Choral Arts, Sweet Adelines, barbershop quartets, etc. Music is a big part of this Encore Chorale group that loves to sing. We are the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale!
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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 region 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
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Thank you for helping bring professionally directed arts programs to our older adults. The Encore Federal EIN number is 30-0420278.
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