Encore Singer Profile
Joan and Ted Thayer
Joan and Ted sing with
the Fairfax Encore Chorale
How did we start singing with Encore?
JOAN: We joined Encore when we saw it advertised in Smithsonian magazine. Jeanne was always inspiring, energetic and friendly. We realized we could sing with a group nearer to Reston, we were delighted. The choice of music was and still is particularly challenging to me, a person who has always enjoyed singing in church choirs, school ensembles and local community groups, but I never had any training beyond the theory basics in 3 years of piano lessons.
TED: Joan and I got started with the Smithsonian Chorale, with Jeanne, a few years ago in the Fall semester. At that time, we didn't know about the Potomac chapter. Twenty minutes from home was very favorable over the trek and parking for the Smithsonian; so we switched!
What do we get out of singing with Encore programs?
JOAN: The Encore members were and are friendly and we enjoy their company!
The challenge of "using my brain" in retirement was exciting! The various venues for concerts continue to be exciting; I'm learning to adjust to different acoustics.
TED: Being a trained classical musician means I love to perform, and I have always enjoyed singing. Jeanne has outstanding directors for Encore, and it's a fun group with whom to work and sing. I'm a French horn player, and Jeanne has often asked me to play a solo or be included in a Chorale piece, so I get the best of both worlds.
What do we get out of rehearsing with Encore programs?
JOAN: Being part of a congenial and talented group makes me look forward to each rehearsal and appreciate the hard work a conductor must do dealing with the varying degrees of ability; being able to read music is not a requirement; CDs of the music are helpful letting us practice between rehearsals. The musical knowledge I have gained is amazing. Ted being a professional musician will have different items. (Poor Ted with perfect pitch is very....patient!
TED: Rehearsals are always meaningful, with emphasis on proper singing, pronunciation, and making music! Concerts are very pleasurable when everything comes together! Encore is a great hobby for me, having been a professional horn player for many years! I love it!
Ted playing in an Encore concert