Older adults who love to sing can join in song this fall with Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral arts organization for adults 55 and older. The fall season of singing is open for registration for all older adults in New York City. No auditions are required. Interested singers can register on Encore Creativity’s website at https://encorecreativity.org/register, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (301) 261-5747.
The Encore Chorale of New York City West is eager to welcome all older adults interested in singing to a new season of rehearsals beginning September 6. No prior experience with singing is necessary to join. Encore ensembles provide singers with a warm, uplifting community that reduces isolation and promotes healthy relationships in an excellent artistic environment. Rehearsals will run through late December, culminating in a holiday performance to light up the winter months. The ensemble meets on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. each week at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 W 114th St, New York, NY 10025.
“Our ensembles are the perfect way to unite in the friendship and community that singing builds,” said Joshua Vickery, CEO of Encore Creativity. “There are so many physical, mental, and emotional benefits from singing, and we are honored to help create a world where all older adults have a place in the arts.”
The Encore Chorale of New York City West promises to bring joyful moments of spirited singing for older adults with a diverse and challenging repertoire of music. The chorale will sing uplifting renditions of choral favorites to ring in the holiday season, from classics such as Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah, ed. Larry Pugh) and Winter Wonderland (arr. John Rutter) to the modern pieces On this Silent Night by Sarah Quartel and Stars Shall I Find by Victor C. Johnson.
Encore Creativity for Older Adults recently announced a second ensemble in the New York City area, meeting on the Upper East side of New York City at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Encore Chorale of New York City East will meet on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Singers registered for the Encore Chorale of New York City West may conveniently choose to attend the rehearsal location that fits their schedule from week-to-week.
Registration for the entire rehearsal season is $190 per person and includes sheet music and a CD highlighting the singer’s voice part. A scholarship program is available to offset the cost of tuition for those needing financial assistance. For more information and for a complete list of all ensembles across the nation, visit https://encorecreativity.org.
About Encore Creativity for Older Adults
Founded in 2007 by Jeanne Kelly during a National Institutes of Health-funded study to investigate the mental and physical health benefits of singing for older adults, the non-profit Encore Creativity for Older Adults now hosts chorales nationwide, plus its online educational platform Encore University, annual summer camps, and travel abroad programs. Encore’s mission is to provide an excellent artistic environment for all older adults, regardless of experience or ability, who seek training under a professional artist. Across all its programs, Encore now has more than 1,500 singers and 40 ensembles throughout the country, from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region to Santa Clarita, California.