Choral

New winter spring sessions begin in January in Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston and Vienna

 

Fairfax County older adults who love to sing can join together again in person when Encore Creativity for Older Adults, America’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, returns to  Fairfax, Falls Church, Vienna and Reston with its popular Encore Chorales, local groups that sing a fun and eclectic mix of music in many styles and from many different eras; Encore ROCKS,  rock & roll choruses that take singers back to their favorite hits from the 50s through the 80s;  and Sentimental Journey Singers, a  choir for those with early Alzheimer’s or memory impairments and their care partners.

 Encore welcomes returning singers and new singers to the Fairfax Encore Chorale at St George’s United Methodist Church in Fairfax, the Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads Encore Chorale in Falls Church, the Encore Chorale of Reston at the Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, Encore ROCKS Fairfax at Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna and Sentimental Journey Singers at the award-winning Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax.

The 15-week winter/spring season begins the second week in January. All programs consist of  90-minute sessions held conveniently during the day each week and led by well-known professional conductors from the area. No auditions are necessary. Encore’s mission is to provide an accessible arts education and performance opportunities for older adults regardless of ability or experience. 

 For those who prefer to sing virtually, Encore is also offering its Encore University, a comprehensive online program of singing plus enrichment courses in music history,  music theory, dance and movement classes and more. Singers can combine both in-person singing with online classes for a full musical experience. 

Sentimental Journey Singers is open to members of Insight Memory Care Center as well as the community at no charge. Participants will engage in therapeutic music activities and sing familiar songs and new pieces in a social group setting. The program is now in its third successful season. 

“Singing is so uplifting for older adults, and we are thrilled to bring our in-person and online programs back to Fairfax County,” said Joshua Vickery, CEO of  Encore Creativity for Older Adults, an Annapolis-based non-profit organization celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022.

Tuition is $190.00 per person for each 15-week in-person chorale and ROCKS programs. Tuition for the 10-week all-inclusive online program with up to 150 classes is $185.00 per semester per person. Encore will follow all city, state and federal Covid-19 guidelines. For more information and registration, visit www.encorecreativity.org  or call 301-261-5747.

Founded in 2007, Encore Creativity for Older Adults has more than 1,500 singers in 26 in-person ensembles across the nation, including Chorales and ROCKS programs and Sentimental Journey Singers, a choir for those with early Alzheimer’s or memory impairments, a vibrant online university, plus summer camp, winter retreat and travel abroad programs. 

 

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