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Older Adult Choral Group Ushers in Fall Season in Arlington

Encore Creativity for Older Adults, America’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, welcomes new and returning singers to the fall session of its Encore Chorale of Arlington, a popular local choral group that sings a fun and eclectic mix of music in many styles and from many different eras.

Registration is open now for its 15-week program that begins September 6, 2022. No auditions are necessary. The session will culminate in a holiday concert that is free and open to the public. Dr. Ingrid Lestrud, an active educator and conductor who formerly served as the Principal Associate Conductor for the Grammy award-winning National Children’s Chorus, will lead the group.

The Encore Chorale of Arlington will meet at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr on Tuesdays, starting September 6th, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Tuition is $195.00 per person for the 15-week program. Encore will follow all City, State and Federal Covid-19 guidelines. For more information, visit www.encorecreativity.org or call 301-261-5747. Singers need to register through Arlington County.

For those who prefer to sing virtually, Encore is also offering its popular Encore University, a comprehensive online program of singing plus enrichment courses in music history, music theory, dance, art, movement classes and more. Tuition for the fall semester of Encore University is $185.00 per person. To register, beginning August 10th, visit www.encorecreativity.org. Singers can combine both the in-person program with online classes for a full musical experience.

Founded in 2007 by Jeanne Kelly during an NIH-funded study to address the mental and physical health benefits of singing for older adults, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, an Annapolis-based nonprofit, now has more than 1,000 singers in 30 programs across the nation, including Chorales and ROCKS (rock & roll choruses) and Sentimental Journey Singers, a choir for those with early Alzheimer’s or memory impairments and their care partners, plus a vibrant online university, summer camp, winter retreat and travel abroad programs. Encore’s mission is to provide an accessible arts education and performance opportunities for older adults regardless of ability or experience.

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