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Gold Coast Encore Chorale finishing up “Si no me dan de beber lloro,” 12-19-2016

Welcome to Encore Illinois!

We provide┬áchoral singing opportunities for older adults (55+) under the direction of a professional artist — an experience that is fun, challenging, and rewarding. We are currently active at

six locations, spanning from Chicago to the suburbs, serving almost 200 lively and enthusiastic singers. Encore was begun by Jeanne Kelly in the Washington, DC area as part of the groundbreaking study, “Creativity and Aging,” conducted by the late Dr. Gene Cohen for the NEA, NIH and George Washington University. Encore in the DC area alone serves more than 1,000 singers in 19 neighborhood Chorales.

Encore 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. Encore is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt organization.

All Encore programs are conducted by professional artists who will know how to get the most from their members. All rehearsals begin with physical and vocal warm-ups. So come join the excitement, either as a beginner or at an advanced level. This is an excellent way to learn how to develop or improve your musical abilities, meet new friends, and look forward to an exciting performance schedule. Encore concerts are always free of charge to the community.

Click here to register for a Chorale near you and to start singing with Encore!

Click here to see the current rehearsal schedule.

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