Encore Newsletter
December 2018
The largest and fastest growing choral music program for singers age 55+!
“Music can change the world because it can change people.”
Encore Holiday Hours
The Encore Office will be closed from December 24th through January 1st. We will be back in the office on January 2nd. We will answer your phone and email messages after the break.
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,
My dreams are full of our holiday music! Visions of Jingle Jangle and Doo Wop dancing in my head!! Encore Holiday Concert time is here and your audiences are loving the music and your spirited performances. We are all so very lucky to be able to sing in fabulous venues under professional conductors with our friends and family cheering us on. I know you are all bringing your "A game" to the concerts. The Kennedy Center Concert Hall performance is a first for Encore and you will be spectacular.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for representing Encore so well. You all have made my dream come true!
Happy Holidays to you all and SING ON!
Program Evaluation - Fall Semester
Encore would like to ensure that we are providing you with the most fulfilling choral program possible. If you sang with Encore in the Fall of 2018, we ask that you take a moment to complete this simple evaluation so that we may better serve all of our singers.Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us. Thank you for your continued support and dedication.
Registration is now open for Winter/Spring 2019 Season
All singers are encouraged to register in advance online.
Registering early helps the office prepare for the season, particularly because it allows us to purchase the correct quantity of music and CDs. 
Encore Summer Choral Institutes
Save the Dates! Camp details and registration will be on the Encore website by January 10, 2019. 
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
Encore has been returning annually to Chautauqua Institution, NY for eleven years, and for the past several years to Washington College in beautiful Chestertown, MD. In 2018, Encore offered its first-ever Rock & Roll Camp in historic Annapolis, MD. We fully expect another soldout ROCKS camp in 2019! 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.For photos and videos of our 2018 camps, please click here. 
Winter Holiday Concert Schedule
Remaining Concerts
The Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS holiday concerts have been delightful, filling the seats and pleasing audiences. You can find a list of remaining concerts below and on the homepage of the our website. We know how hard you all have been working to prepare, and your efforts are paying off. 
Congratulations on another successful season of song! Videos and photos of this month's performances are posted on the Encore website under PHOTOS/VIDEOS.  
Friday, Dec.14, 2018
Saturday, Dec.15, 2018
Sunday, Dec.16, 2018
Sunday, Dec.16, 2018
Monday, Dec.17, 2018
Tuesday, Dec.18, 2018
Wednesday, Dec.19, 2018
Wednesday, Dec.26, 2018
Meet the Conductors
Jeff Dokken, Encore ROCKS Director
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I hope you are enjoying this holiday season. Thank you for all of your hard work during the fall session, and I can not wait for our upcoming concerts. 
Most of you know me professionally, so I'll just share a very brief version of my bio here.  In addition to being the Director of Encore Rocks and an Encore Conductor, I am also the Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Music Director and Conductor of the Rome Symphony Orchestra (GA), and Artistic Director of CoroAllegro (DE).  I frequently guest conduct orchestras and choirs around the world (this year Italy, Ecuador, and Iceland), and I spend a fair amount of time in recording studios working on opera and classical recordings.
Many of you might know less about me personally, however. I am from Southern California, and I try to always remember my roots. I grew up part of the year at the beach and part of the year in the desert. Hence two of my great loves, being in the water, and playing golf. If I've got a snorkel in my mouth or a surf board under my feet I'm a happy camper. And, I actually found out that Jeanne was hiring me to be an Encore conductor while on a golf course! I learned music using the Orff Approach, and once wrote a term paper about handbell choirs.
My favorite aspect of music is getting to share my love and passion for music with others, which is part of what I enjoy most about working with Encore. All of you have such an appetite for knowledge, and are constantly striving to be better. I am so delighted and honored to share what I know and love with all of you each week. 
Encore has been a constant in my life for the past 6 years. I love the music, my colleagues, the opportunities we have, but most of all, I love you guys.  You are what keeps me coming back session after session, year after year. As much as I have been able to give to you, I promise you have given me twice as much in return.
Encore Singer Profile
Vin Kelly
Vin is currently a member of Encore Chorale of Glen Echo
How did I start singing with Encore? Since my mother informed me that I had been singing popular songs since age 3 I have been strongly attracted to various opportunities to do just that. 
About nine years ago, after performing in a talent show at an old movie theater in Bethesda, I encountered Jeanne Kelly (no relation except sharing a love of music) recruiting older adults to join her very new Encore Chorale. Membership requirements include, 1) being 55 years or older and 2) just show up. It was an offer I could not refuse. At the time I was recently widowed and looking for opportunites to actively deal with my lonliness.
What do I get out of singing with Encore programs?  First, I'd have to say that singing makes me feel good - I guess it's releasing those endorphins into the blood stream. But, equally important is the camaraderie of being with a group of people who share a common love of singing. Finally, everyone in the organization, Jeanne, Jeff and the staff, makes me feel so welcome. Along the way Jeanne additionally boosted my enthusiasm by bending her "rule" (we are a chorus not soloists) by asking me to perform "Danny Boy" at a rehearsal around St. Patrick's Day. It has now become a tradition.
What is it about rehearsal that keeps me coming week after week?  Jeanne, with her consummate professionalism and unbounded enthusiasm, provides me with a rich musical resource. She keeps the selection of choral pieces interesting and challenging each season. I was instantly hooked and have remained so to this day. 
At my advanced age, I thank the Lord every day that I can still handle this musical repertoire. As an added bonus, I share Glen Echo membership with my special friend Dawn Badrick and I have met many fellow singers each with their own musical motivations. There's no greater joy than making beautiful music together!
Support Encore's Annual Fund
Your charitable gifts make our programs possible!

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First, we thank all of you who have made a charitable contribution to Encore since the start of our year-end campaign on #GivingTuesday and continuing throughout the new year. As we continue to provide musical excellence, wonderful rehearsal and performance venues, and free concerts for friends, family and the general public, we rely on financial support from generous donors like yourself to meet our expenses. We are grateful for all gifts, great and small, as we truly could not do what we do without your support. If you would like to make a donation online,
Shop Amazon Smile this Holiday Season
Another way to help Encore
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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 eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. 
Shop through smile.amazon.com to get started. Type in "Encore Creativity for Older Adults" as your chosen nonprofit and continue to shop. Every penny helps, and it really is that simple!  

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