A Fantastic Spring Concert Series!
Encore Singers Wowed 'Em from Virginia to Manhattan
The 2018 spring concert series (15 performances) has come to its final curtain call. And what a superb time it was! Jeanne Kelly remarked, “These were some of the best performances Encore has ever had. I was so proud of our singers."
All of the dedication and hard work paid off – all of YOU created an amazing season of concerts that was enjoyed by all who attended. It was great to hear all the glowing reviews by audience members.
The series ended in New York City with the first NYC Chorale & ROCKS performances. The singers were enthusiastic and the audience filled every corner of the performance hall. We have landed in New York and are there to stay!
New Programs in Springfield, VA and Columbia, MD
Encore continues to grow! The fall 2018 season will see two new programs: Springfield Encore Chorale, under the direction of Evanne Browne, and Encore ROCKS Columbia, directed by Stephen Harouff. This brings the total number of Encore programs in the MD/DC/VA metro area to 22 - conveniently located to nearly all. And not to mention the New York City Chorale and ROCKS that opened in March.
Registration for all programs is now open on Encore's web site HERE, Spread the word to your friends!
Encore Wowed 'em in Canada!
Encore's debut Canadian Concert Tour was a spectacular success! One hundred and thirty Encore singers took Canada by storm!
The singers started with a pop-up concert at the gorgeous Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal. The tourists loved the performance. It was hard to stare at the conductor while enveloped in the incredible beauty of the basilica.
The second Montreal performance was at the acoustically perfect St. Andrew and St. Paul Church. The concert was a collaboration with the Choeur Melodia Choir conducted by Bob Harvey. Choeur Melodia, Encore Chorale and ROCKS all gave fabulous performances to a very appreciative audience. It was a great night for Encore in Canada!!
On to Quebec! Fun sightseeing along the way. The Quebec City concert was in the historic and lovely Chalmers-Wesley Church. Encore ROCKS and Chorale performed to a packed and cheering audience. A fabulous afternoon for Encore. And...they want an Encore Chorale in Quebec!
The final concert was truly amazing. It was another collaborative concert with the excellent Le Grand Choeur de Sorel-Tracy conducted by Louise Marcotte. Approximately 800 people packed the stunning Eglise Saint- Pierre Church to cheer the groups on with many standing ovations. Incredible choral singing delighted the audience. Encore singers will have that memory forever. Canada was indeed a complete success!
We Need Your Input
If you sang with an Encore Chorale or Encore ROCKS in the Spring 2018 Semester, you should have received a program evaluation in your email. We're asking for your input as we continously strive to improve our programs and management. Your views can help us immensely. Please take a few moments to complete the evaluation. If you didn't receive the email, or can't find it, click HERE.
If you traveled to Canada on the Encore Performance Tour, we'd also like to hear from you. Evaluation forms went out on June 11th or click HERE
to complete the survey.
Join us for a wonderful week of song
with singers from around the country!
Campers stay on the beautiful Washington College campus while they rehearse, work on vocal technique and sight reading, and then conclude the week with a Free choral performance in the concert hall for family, friends and the community.
Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland
June 24–June 28, 2018
My singing debut took place at summer camp when as an unchanged voice, and with rouged cheeks and falsies, I appeared as a bridesmaid in G&S’s Trial by Jury. As a counselor several years later, I was accorded the role of the Judge. I met my partner Abigail Wiebenson on a Smith-Amherst Chambers Singers tour of western Europe. Highlights were performances in Chartres Cathedral, the candlelit Teatro Olimpico Palladio 1580 in Vicenza, the Fenice, and the Spoleto Two Worlds Festival, after which Gian Carlo Menotti invited us for wine and spaghetti. After that trip, life was downhill.
Alongside a Foreign Service career, I sang bass in the Ensemble Vocal d’Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Cairo Choral Society, Ensemble Choral de Conakry (Guinea), and Jakarta International Chorus. I never thought about senior singing until seeing Jeanne Kelly’s picture in the Smithsonian Associates magazine. Abigail and I joined Capital Chorale 6 years ago and have been on 4 trips. One was to The Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va., where I spoke to all the Encore singers after dinner on my most recent book, “Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger.” The Folgers had chosen The Homestead for their annual vacation. Amherst senior, Henry Folger, sang bass in the role of Dick Deadeye in one of the first performances in the U.S. of HMS Pinafore in 1879.
In October 2017, Abigail and I went on book tour to the UK with speaking engagements in London, Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, and St. Andrews in Scotland. Before embarking on this strenuous schedule, I sought advice from Jeanne on how to protect my voice. She responded:
“Have a fabulous trip. You will be impressive. Drink lots of water. Do your jaw massaging exercises before you speak. Focus your voice above your ears. I will think of you.” On a windy day Abigail took a picture (above) of me massaging my cheeks in front of Edinburgh Castle.
Just back from a week in Montreal and Quebec, as I write this profile in June 2018, I marvel that 150 of us older adults were able to keep up a robust tourist agenda while singing in four performance locations, culminating in a stirring and emotional concert which included no fewer than five standing ovations. Viva Encore Chorale!
Annual Jeanne Kelly Fund Appeal is Underway
Last year, Encore's Board of Directors established the Jeanne Kelly Founder's Fund to recognize the hard work and dedication Jeanne has committed to Encore for over ten years. The fund was established to support Encore's artistic and organizational growth.
Thanks to the generosity of Encore's donors, contributions to the Jeanne Kelly Fund were used to provide added training to Encore's conductors, including vital first aid and CPR training. The Fund also supported Encore's expansion into New York City, as well as laying the groundwork for expansion into other cities across the country (the Atlanta area looks like it will be next).
You should have recently received a letter from Encore's Board President, David Bernstein, asking for your support again this year. Encore counts on your generosity in helping us to reach even higher levels of professionalism and to offer the joy of singing to even singers.
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 methodor 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.