Encore Creativity Receives Grant
Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Awards Encore
Wednesday, October 17th was a big night for the Anne Arundel County arts community as the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County presented its 2019 grants to deserving local arts organizations. Notable among the grant recipients was Encore Creativity for Older Adults. Encore's Executive Director, Robert Rund, accepted the grant on behalf of Encore. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual Annie Awards. Encore's Founder and Artistic Director was the 2017 recipient of the Annie Award for Performing Arts. Encore thanks the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County for its recognition and support.
Winter Concerts Coming Soon!
Highlighted by Kennedy Center Concert Hall Performance
The fall semester is about at its midpoint and rehearsals are getting more serious by the week as Encore Chorale members and Rockers are busy learning their notes and lyrics.
In a few weeks (on December 2nd, to be exact), the winter concert season will begin, as the Columbia and Towson Encore Chorales join forces in Columbia. Foruteen more concerts will follow in rapid succession, including large concerts at the Montgomery Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD and the Masonic Temple in Alexandria, VA, and culminating in the season finale concert in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (photo). After many years of December performances on the Millennium Stage, Encore has "graduated" to the magnficent Concert Hall at 6:00pm on December 26th. If you plan to sing, you MUST have responded to the recent survey request that was sent out in early October.
The Concert Hall has a seating capacity of nearly 2,500 and we want to make a good showing, so please spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers (if you're still employed) and strangers you meet on the street (you do have those business cards, don't you?). The concert will also be broadcast live on the Web.
A full concert schedule is available to download and print in the Singers Log In Section of Encore's Web site.
It promises to be yet another spectacular concert season - sing (or rock) on!
London Tour: First 50% Payments Due October 31st
Time is Running Short to Sign Up for Next Year's Great Adventure
If you haven't yet signed up for the Concert Tour to England, time is extremely short. First 50% payments (less any deposit already paid) are due by the end of this month. There will be no guarantees of availability after this month.
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.
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, so please act immediately to secure your choice of accommodation. What you must do:
- Call Sharleen Gordon at Cunard (800-468-7752 EXT. 41666)
- 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 with one-way air (QM2 travelers) $3,795
- England with no air (those who prefer to make their own arrangements $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 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!
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.
Joey Hoopengardner, Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
Hello! My name is Stanley “Joey” Hoopengardner. I am the conductor of the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale that rehearses at Asbury in Solomon’s, Md. Our rehearsal room overlooks the beautiful Patuxent River.
After receiving my BS and singing under the direction of Dr. Paul Traver at the University of Md. in College Park, I worked as a choral director in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools for 33 years.
My last year in the school system was in 2003 but I kept my position as a church choir director. Several years later I stepped down from that position but maintained my role as music director/orchestra conductor for the St. Mary’s Co. Summer Stock program. In 2017 I retired from that position after 19 summers. I made the decision to step away from conducting to rest, relax and do some composing. I was moving into the next chapter of my life, and I thought my time behind the conductor’s stand was over.
Then “out of the blue”, in 2016, I was given an opportunity to conduct an Encore chorale. I had heard of Encore but I was not familiar with the program. Since then I have come to appreciate the brilliant concept that Jeanne and Larry Kelly originated. Outside of a church choir, how many opportunities are there for singers to practice and perform in a chorus post high school or college? What a great concept!
Encore is unique because it is for adults aged 55+. It is also special because the music is not “watered-down” to be real easy but has a moderate to sometimes very challenging degree of difficulty. This is so refreshing, as I’ve seen so many churches putting lyrics on screens and senior centers handing out printed sheets with only lyrics in large type on them…where are the music notes?
I have found that singing in a group gives people something to look forward to by bringing beauty and a meaning for living. In my personal experience, when my wife Pauline is humming or singing at home, life is good! Many of the So. Md. Encore singers have come to me after a rehearsal and commented that the music had really lifted their spirits. They love the music, the friendships they make, and look forward to coming together each week. One of our sopranos recently told me that she was able to blow our all 88 candles on her birthday cake. When asked how she had air enough to do that, she told them that she worked on breathing exercises in Encore rehearsal each week.
In closing, when I used to put a concert together in school or church, I always had an encore song in my back pocket. Similarly, I feel that the Encore program is providing an “encore” for singers to continue singing for as long as they desire.
I’m looking forward to the December concerts!
11 Surprising Health Benefits of Singing
Well, Not So Surprising to Encore Singers
A recent article in the onine publication TakeLessons.com enumerates 11 reasons why singing is good for you. The list breaks down the benefits into three categories: Physical; Pyschological and Emotional; and Social. Gee, where have we heard that before?
Read the entire article HERE
Sandra Crouse Quinn
Sandra is currently a member of Encore ROCKS-DC
I started in September 2014 with Smithsonian Encore, and did that along with the pilot of Rocks. When we left the Smithsonian, I moved with Rocks to our current location and have sung with DC Rocks ever since, along with Chautauqua 2016 and 2017, and in 2018, the first Rocks camp.
How did I start singing with Encore? In high school, I was part of the Andover High School Chorus. I even have the 33 rpm album to prove it! I had seen the description of Encore in the Smithsonian Associates program and called them to ask why they didn’t have one in the evening for those of us who are still working. So, in September 2014, when the evening chorale started, I knew I had to do it. Even on evenings when I was tired and stressed from work, I dragged myself onto Metro and across the Mall to rehearsal. I quickly learned that each week, I would come out of rehearsal feeling totally rejuvenated.
What do I get out of singing with Encore programs? In the beginning, I was definitely nervous, sure that one day, Jeff Dokken, my conductor, would take me aside and suggest I not come back. But that is not how Encore works. Over time, I realized that I was learning music theory, improving the limited ability to read music I started with, and becoming more (but not always!) confident. Singing in DC Rocks, at Chautauqua and Rocks camp has introduced me to new friends, given me a sense of accomplishment, and stimulated my thinking about what kinds of programs contribute to healthy aging. It has truly added to my quality of life.
What is it about rehearsal that keeps me coming week after week? There’s so much. Getting on Metro and arriving in the hustle and bustle of Penn Quarter. Catching up with the friends I have made over several years and meeting new ones. Learning new music and being challenged each evening. Jeff’s energy, expertise, encouragement and how he always makes us laugh. The joy as it all comes together in the later weeks of the semester, and finally, the concert!
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 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
Your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation, regardless of amount, does 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 Sponsor $1,000+
|Bronze Sponsor $500+
|Supporter $100 +
|Friend up to $100
You may contribute to Encore online using the donation form HERE or donate to the Jeanne Kelly Fund HERE.