Encore Creativity for Older Adults is the largest choral music program for older adults in the country. Encore was started in 2007 from a George Washington University study to address the mental and physical health benefits of singing in older adults.
The late Dr. Gene Cohen, the world-renowned psychiatrist (and the first director of the National Institute on Aging) who inspired Jeanne Kelly, a former opera singer, to create Encore, observed that age offers countless opportunities for growth, development, and creativity. The results captured national and international attention. A year into the study, members of the chorale study were using less medication and had fewer doctor visits, showed less signs of depression and loneliness and a were actually more active than at the start.
Today, Encore offers 15 Encore Chorales and 5 Encore ROCKS rock n’ roll choruses in the MD/VA/DC area- including choruses in Arlington. Our choral program, under the direction of experienced, professional conductors, offers two 15-week sessions each year running from September to December and January to May. Encore offers FREE performances in December and May, including a FREE holiday performance at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC. All singers over 55 are welcome to sing, no auditions are required and singers can be seated during rehearsals and concerts.
In addition to our weekly choral rehearsals and seasonal performances, Encore offers two “Summer Camps” for singers 55+, at Washington College in Chestertown, MD and at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. Here the campers stay on-site while rehearsing, working on voice technique and sight reading then concluding the week with a performance on stage for family, friends and the community.
Over the last 10 years, Encore has changed the lives of so many older adults entering new stages of life- retirement, overcoming personal health issues, coping with the death of a partner or moving to a senior facility. We have testimonials from our singers, ages 55 to 99, that tell this story.
To celebrate and commemorate this monumental milestone, all of the current Encore singers will perform on the stage of the historic and beautiful DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3:00pm. Encore will be presenting 600 Encore Chorale singers and 200 Encore ROCKS singers in a fabulous concert entitled “Let There Be Music” celebrating our huge success in ten short years. Founder Jeanne Kelly will be conducting as well as Jeff Dokken, Associate Artistic Director. Serving as Master of Ceremonies will be Jed Duvall, retired news correspondent, producer, editor, reporter and writer at networks including ABC News, CBS News and CNN.
The Encore Chorale repertoire includes Let There Be Music, A Cappella Overtures, There Is Sweet Music Here, Va Pensiero, Do Lord Remember Me, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables, You Make Me Feel So Young and And So I Sing. Encore’s ROCKS rock n roll choruses will rock with Forever Doo-Wop including A teenager in Love, Sh-Boom, Book of Love, In the Still of the Nite, Save the Last Dance for Me, and Goodnight, Sweetheart.
ROCKS singers will also perform the Beatle’s hit All You Need is Love, Billy Joel’s The Longest Time and Rock, Roll and Remember – A Tribute to Dick Clark and the American Bandstand. Our Rockers were around when rock n roll started!!!!
For more information visit www.encorecreativity.org This performance is free to the public but tickets will be required.