Encore Chorale to offer 7th annual summer choral institute at Chautauqua Institution

Encore Chorale, a choral program for older adults, returns to the Chautauqua Institution to present a week-long choral institute for adults over the age of 55 from Aug. 24 to 29. Now in its seventh season at Chautauqua, the program draws singers from across the country interested in improving their vocal technique and spending a week in a beautiful setting with fellow music lovers.

Jeanne Kelly, Encore founder, is the artistic director for the program, and will share conducting duties this year with Jeffrey Dokken, composer and choral conductor from Washington, D.C. Kelly has more than 30 years of experience as an operatic performer, voice instructor, choral director and music school director. She started Encore Chorale in 2007. The program now has more than 680 participating singers in 13 chorales in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. Dokken earned a master’s degree in Choral Conducting and currently conducts the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia and the associated chorale, as well as three of the D.C. area Encore Chorales. He is also music director for Kaiser Permanente.

Singers will begin their day with a stretch/Yoga class followed by a full choral rehearsal. After lunch singers will choose from a vocal technique class, a choral sectional, or free time. Another choral rehearsal will follow later in the afternoon. Repertoire will be a challenging mix of music, from classical pieces including Bach’s Vocal Prelude in C Major and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, to the traditional Spiritual, Battle of Jericho, to a lively medley from the Broadway musical Showboat, and two more contemporary pieces. All levels of vocal experience are welcomed and singers may be seated for rehearsal and performance.

Participants will stay at the historic Athenaeum Hotel overlooking picturesque Chautauqua Lake. The program fee covers hotel accommodations, all meals, all program materials, and expert instruction from program instructors. There are no gate pass fees or parking charges. Shuttle transportation is included for travel around the institution grounds. Local area residents are welcome and pay an adjusted commuter fee.

The deadline to register is July 31. Contact Encore at 301-261-5747 or email info@encorecreativity.org for more information or to receive a brochure by mail. Read more or register online on Encore’s website at encorecreativity.org.

Encore Creativity for Older Adults is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, either beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Founded in 2007, Encore currently has 14 Encore Chorales in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. serving over 650 singers, and four affiliate chorales nationally.