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Encore Chorale Debut in London

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Classical Movements Presents...

Wednesday 5 June, 8:00pm

St James's Sussex Gardens

with Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir



ENCORE CHORALE ON THEIR DEBUT TOUR OF ENGLAND: 1-5 JUNE 2019

Encore Chorale is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. Currently comprised of numerous individual choirs around the United States, its members come together regularly to host workshops, go on tours, and present joint concerts. The group is led by its Founder and Artistic Director, Jeanne Kelly.

The Encore dream began to take shape in September 2001, when the late internationally-renowned gerontologist Dr. Gene Cohen, asked Jeanne Kelly to be part of a study on The Impact of Professionally Conducted Cultural Programs on the Physical Health, Mental Health and Social Functioning of Older Adults, since published in 2006. The study would necessitate forming two chorales for older adults over 65 years of age to join forces.

Continuing from this genesis, in 2007 Jeanne Kelly formed a nonprofit organization, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, as she knew this was the age group that excited her most and where she could do her most meaningful work. In fact, today the average age of an Encore member is 80 years young!

In 2008, Encore Chorale helped launch multiple satellite groups, including a new program, Dance and Movement, under the direction of Ms. Tiffany Haughn. In December of 2008, all Encore Chorales combined to put on a spectacular performance on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The Millennium Stage has since become a tradition for the group.

Encore has continued to grow and now has 21 chorales in the Washington, DC, area, with affiliate chorales in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, and Illinois, including two chorales in Denver, one in Los Angeles, and seven in Chicago. The combined membership of these chorales now exceeds 1,100 singers. With the introduction of its new rock and roll chorus, Encore ROCKS, the pace of growth continues to accelerate.

2018 saw the launch of two groups in New York City, as detailed in a March 2018 article, “Singing Their Way Through Retirement” by the New York Times. The Chorale’s repertoire is broad, including sacred and classical works, spirituals and folk music, Broadway and jazz, and everything in between.

Encore Chorale offers an opportunity to those who have not sung in years to take up singing again. It provides a space for singers to continue to exercise their passion, as well as offering a welcoming environment to those who have never sung before and wish to have a new artistic outlet.

Fresh off a wonderfully successful tour of Québec this past summer, 2019 marks the group’s debut tour of England.

Jeanne Kelly

Founder and Artistic Director

Jeanne Kelly's career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of experience as a vocal performer, teacher, conductor, and music administrator that has prepared her well to serve as the Founder and Artistic Director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.

As a performer, Ms. Kelly made her professional operatic debut with the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center. She has also performed major roles with the Baltimore Opera, Opera Delaware, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Annapolis Opera, and the New York City Opera Education Department. She also appeared in the world premiere of Rappaccini's Daughter with the Pennsylvania Opera Theater.

In addition to having maintained a private voice studio in Maryland and Virginia, Ms. Kelly served on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, Washington, DC; Hood College, Frederick, Maryland; and the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Ms. Kelly served as conductor of the Women's Glee Club at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and the Georgetown University Concert Choir. She was Executive Director of the Houston Conservatory of Music and, from 1997 until 2007, was Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Campus of the Levine School of Music. Ms. Kelly earned an undergraduate degree in voice performance and piano from the University of Findlay, Ohio, and a master's degree in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore.

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