Letter from the Artistic Director
Dear Encore Singers,
Am I safe to say “Happy Spring”? The worst part of my job is having to decide if it is a snow day or
not! Encore has moved to beautiful new digs in Annapolis. I love it. We are on the second floor overlooking lots of trees. It feels like my office is a tree house. Come visit!
I am so very grateful for all the lovely get well cards with beautiful messages I have received. My treatments are over and I now play the waiting game with three more weeks to go. Then we see if I am cancer free. I am sure I am!!!! Don’t worry……..I still have loads of energy to shout “WATCH ME!!!”
I have always said that singing should be a lifetime journey but Encore was not fully living up to that statement. This Fall, Encore will roll out a chorus for those diagnosed with early or moderate Alzheimer’s or other memory impairment. It will be called the “Sentimental Journey Singers.” We are very excited about this new program. Larry came up with the cool name. Perfect!
Please take time to read the singer survey report answers
. So many different tastes and ideas, but the report shows you all love Encore and you all love your conductors and 95% of you are very happy!! That truly makes my heart sing! Now my next project is to get those 5% of singers happy!!!!!
Sentimental Journey Singers
Encore Provides a Lifetime of Music
Encore Creativity for Older Adults is pleased to announce that we will be offering a chorus for those diagnosed with early or moderate dementia and other memory impairments. “Sentimental Journey Singers” will begin Monday, September 9 from 9:30 to 11 am at Insight Memory Care Center at 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100 in Fairfax, VA.
Encore is proud to be partnering with Insight Memory Care Center
to bring this excellent choral program to those diagnosed with early or moderate dementia and other memory impairments. Insight is a nonprofit adult day health and resource center providing specialized care, support and education for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments, their families, care partners and the community.
Conducting the “Sentimental Journey Singers” will be Dr. Mary Ann East, an Encore conductor and adjunct professor at George Mason University. Mary Ann earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University. She also conducts the Community of Faith UMC in Herndon, VA and is the director of the Capital Harmonia Community Women’s Chorus. Rachel Thompson will serve as the pianist. Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Musical Therapy from Florida State University. A Board-Certified Music Therapist, she works primarily with adults who have dementia or other cognitive impairments.
Encore hopes to see you at the “Sentimental Journey Singers” Open House on Monday, July 15 from 9:30 to 11:00am. Please call the Encore office at 301-261-5747 to reserve space for the singer and care partner.
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FALL 2018 SINGER SURVEY RESULTS
What You Told Us!
Hundreds of Encore singers participated in our end of semester survey in December. We are happy to share with you what we have learned...needless to say, we welcome both praise and criticism as we always strive to improve your experience.
To access the Fall 2018 Singer Survey results
Thank you for your valuable insights!
2018 Encore Annual Report
'Encore Up Close' Now Published
Some of you may just enjoy Encore's magical music-making, or the camaraderie you experieince each week at rehearsal or finale performances. But if you are interested in knowing about "all-things Encore," we encourage you to take a glance at our most recent Annual Report, covering the 2018 calendar year. In it you will be able to read about 2018 milestones, as well as access financial reports and other highlights.
To access the Annual Report online, CLICK HERE
or on the photograph on the right.
Thank you all for making 2018 another banner year!
My introduction to Encore Creativity and founder, Jeanne Kelly, came in 2012 through Encore conductor, Peter Waggoner, who was not only directing Lansdowne at the time, but also serving as the Associate Conductor of The Reston Chorale (not affiliated with Encore) where I have been the Artistic Director since 2008. Jeanne attended a concert I was conducting in DC and afterwards invited me to join Encore Creativity as a conductor! I suggested Reston as a place where Encore could thrive. Jeanne got busy working on a venue in Reston, and, voila! Here I am six seasons later having a blast as the conductor of Encore Chorale of Reston! Three years ago, I accepted the invitation to be the conductor for Encore Rocks - Fairfax! This has been a blast for me, also!
Encore means so much to me, especially as an older adult myself. I witness weekly the benefits and joy that choral music and the physical act of singing bring to all those who participate. Growth and progress on 5-7 pieces during a segment of 15 weekly rigorous rehearsals coupled with great camaraderie among members makes for a wonderful concert in the end! I look forward to the entire process from grunt work to the performance. Fun is had all along the way.
It is an honor to be a conductor for Encore Creativity! So many lives are enhanced! Long live Encore Creativity!
Encore Singer Profile
Raleigh sings with Alexandria Encore Chorale and
How did I start singing with Encore?
My wife, who worked at the Smithsonian and knew of the chorale there, saw a notice of a new chorale forming in Springfield which would be a lot closer to us. She decided to go to the first rehearsal and see what it was like. She returned encouraging me to check it out. I’d never sung anything other that hymns and carols, certainly nothing SATB. My only musical background was playing an E♭ Sousaphone in Junior High but I decided to give it a go. I was pretty much hooked after the first rehearsal: the other singers were friendly and the conductor took my limited knowledge into account even sitting next to me when I was the only Baritone that showed up one day. By the time the first concert rolled around I was a bit anxious, but the high I got from singing to an audience made it all worthwhile. I now sing with the Alexandria Chorale and Alexandria ROCKS and get twice the high.
What do I get out of singing with Encore programs?
One of the big things is the feeling of growing more accomplished at singing; every year I leave the first rehearsal going “I’ll never be able to sing this”, but fourteen weeks later I’m belting it out on stage. I love the camaraderie among the singers and the stories Jeff tells. Singing challenging music exercises one's brain as well as one's lungs. I’d also like to encourage folks to check out the Summer camps. My wife and I have been to Washington College and the first ROCKS camp. Having a full week of singing and listening to professionals perform is a wonderful way to spend time.
What do I get out of rehearsing with Encore programs?
Well, it helps a lot in learning the music! Seriously, having time each week to put away politics, taxes, etc. and just sing is great.
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!
Encore Summer Choral Institute at
Washington College, Chestertown, MD
June 23 - June 27, 2019
Sold Out! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list!
Encore ROCKS Summer Institute at St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
August 5 - August 9, 2019
Encore Summer Choral Institute at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
August 25 - August 30, 2019
Encore Welcomes New Program Coordinator
Ms. Erin Vidlak joins the Encore staff!
Along with the move came our new Program Coordinator, Erin Vidlak. Erin comes to Encore with a variety of experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond where she double-majored in Business Administration and Music (Vocal Performance). She continued her studies at Georgetown University where she received a certificate in Project Management. Needless to say, Erin is a strong supporter of the Encore mission, and shares with the Encore community a passion for singing. Welcome, Erin!
Erin can be reached by email at email@example.com
Encore is excited to announce our that our new headquarters are now officially located in beautiful Annapolis! We hope that this change will ultimately make Encore's offices more accessible to our singers as a whole and boost participation in volunteer opportunities as well.
Find Us on Google and Write a Review!
WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO WRITE A REVIEW!
You can now find Encore's profile on both Google and Google Maps. Simply google "Encore Creativity for Older Adults" and select "Write a review," or CLICK HERE to write a review for Encore! We appreciate your feedback and want to do all we can to make Encore the best choral environment for older adults.