Lots of news from Encore Creativity

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Annapolis-based Encore Creativity for Older Adults, America’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, has partnered with local entities to expand singing opportunities for older adults in Anne Arundel County. In September, a new Encore Chorale will debut at the Chesapeake Arts Center, and Encore’s Sentimental Journey Singers, a choir for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or memory impairments and their care partners, will be launched at the Pascal Senior Activity Center in Glen Burnie in partnership with Anne Arundel’s Department of Aging and Disability.

The Chesapeake Arts Center Encore Chorale will sing a fun and eclectic mix of music in many styles and from different eras. No hearing is necessary. Encore’s mission is to provide accessible arts education and performance opportunities for older adults, regardless of ability or experience. The program will meet for 15 weeks on Tuesdays, beginning September 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. Encore welcomes new conductor Jacquelynne Fontaine, voice teacher, conductor, theater actress and soprano who has performed domestically and internationally in opera and musical theatre. Tuition is $190.00 per person for the 15 week session which will conclude with a free holiday concert open to the public. For more information and registration, visit www.encorecreativity.org or call 301-261-5747.

Sentimental Journey Singers, which is offered free of charge, will meet for 15 weeks on Tuesdays, beginning September 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Participants will engage in therapeutic musical activities and sing familiar songs and new pieces in a social group setting under the direction of Dr. Mary Ann East, performer, teacher and founder of the popular Capital Harmonia Women’s Choir. Dr. East is the program director for Encore’s highly successful Sentimental Journey Singers in Fairfax and Loudoun, Virginia.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Chesapeake Arts Center and Anne Arundel’s Department of Aging and Disabilities to expand our programming in the region,” said Joshua Vickery, CEO of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, a nonprofit organization. non-profit celebrating its 15th anniversary. This year. “Encore has become a community where our singers can discover a new passion, challenge themselves, make new friendships and experience joy.”

Encore’s existing programs in the county are also gearing up for the fall. Encore Chorale of Annapolis will meet at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. at Severna Park, Wednesdays, from September 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conductor is Stephen Harouff, music director and organist at Towson Presbyterian Church, and conductor of Encore choirs in Baltimore and Columbia. Annapolis ROCKS, a rock and roll choir, will meet Tuesdays, beginning September 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Annapolis Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Road with new conductor Ethan Lolley. Lolley will come to Encore from Orlando, Florida, where he is Music Director of the CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra as well as Resident Conductor and Music Director for all of composer Nathan Felix’s Florida premieres at the Timucua Arts Foundation. He is also conductor protege to nationally renowned music director Eric Jacobsen of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tuition is $190.00 per person for each 15 week program. Encore will follow all municipal, state and federal Covid-19 guidelines. For more information and registration, visitwww.encorecreativity.org or call 301-261-5747.

For those who prefer to sing virtually, Encore also offers its popular Encore University, a comprehensive online singing program as well as enrichment classes in music history, music theory, dance, art, movement lessons and more. Tuition for the fall semester at Encore University is $185.00 per person. Registration begins August 10e . Singers can combine both the in-person program and online lessons for a complete musical experience.

Founded in 2007 by Jeanne Kelly during an NIH-funded study to address the mental and physical health benefits of singing in older adults, Encore Creativity for Older Adults now has more than 1,000 singers in 30 programs across the country. , including Chorales and ROCKS, and Sentimental Journey Singers, as well as a vibrant online university, summer camp, winter retreat, and overseas travel programs.

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