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Singer Profile: Patti Kolewe

Posted on April 2, 2017
Category :Singer Profiles
One of Encore’s new singers this spring is Patti Kolewe, who sings in the Hinsdale Encore Chorale along with her husband, Ort. They must be having a good time, since they just referred one of their friends to our summer Encore Rocks! session. Get to know Patti with her thoughts below. It’s great to have them singing with us. When did you first sing in a choir, and what got you started? If Encore is your first choir, what recently drew you in? I first sang in our church choir as a teenager.  List three adjectives that describe the way singing makes you feel. Happy, free, rejuvenated  In what ways do you share music with the loved ones in your life? I share my music by having it playing when my family comes over to visit. Also, I send YouTube videos of performance I enjoy. What has been your most rewarding choral experience so far? Learning so much from our director, Jonathan Miller What is your life’s most memorable musical moment, choral or not? The most memorable music moment is when my husband and I sang together in a church choir in St. Paul, MN. Is there anything on your musical bucket list—an experience you’d like to have in music? Attend a music concert performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir  What do you like best about being part of Encore? Being directed by Jonathan Miller. The positive energy he gives us as a director is marvelous. What words do you have to share for anyone who is both interested in singing in a choir and nervous about starting out? Try it! You have nothing to lose and so many wonderful experience to fill your life! What three songs would you want on a desert island? At Last (sang by Etta James), The Prayer (Duet with Céline Dion and Josh Groban), Hey Good Looking’ (sang by Jimmy Buffett).  Click Here to Read More

Singer Profile: Judy Blatherwick

Posted on March 30, 2017
Category :Singer Profiles
We’re starting our series of short profiles of people who sing with Encore Illinois. This is the first. We’re happy to introduce to you Judy Blatherwick, a charter member of the Oak Park/River Forest Encore Chorale. To help you get to know Judy, here are her responses to our recent singer survey. She has such a great spirit! When did you first sing in a choir, and what got you started? If Encore is your first choir, what recently drew you in? 7th grade girls’ glee club, encouraged by my parents! I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to sing. List three adjectives that describe the way singing makes you feel. Joyful, excited, exalted In what ways do you share music with the loved ones in your life? Currently, my sister [Kathy Novy] sings with me in the Encore Chorale! What has been your most rewarding choral experience so far? Music ministry in my parish, where I was a choir member for almost 40 years and still serve as a cantor. What is your life’s most memorable musical moment, choral or not? My wedding! The parish choir sang and I chose all the music. Is there anything on your musical bucket list—an experience you’d like to have in music? Learning another major choral work. I recently heard “Carmina Burana” for the first time and that was my immediate response. What do you like best about being part of Encore? I’m delighted to sing with a chorus again! What words do you have to share for anyone who is both interested in singing in a choir and nervous about starting out? Go for it! What three songs would you want on a desert island? “Memory,” “Summertime,” and anything from Handel’s “Messiah”   Thanks, Judy — it’s wonderful to have you be a part of Encore in the Chicago area!Click Here to Read More

Welcome to Encore Illinois’ Blog!

Posted on March 16, 2017
Category :Uncategorized
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