John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Seniors finding a voice with Columbia Encore Chorale

Seniors finding a voice with Columbia Encore Chorale

After losing her home in a fire two years ago, Ellicott City resident Sharon Koenig needed something positive in her life. A singer for more than 60 years, Koenig discovered Encore Chorale. For the soprano, the group has delivered joy and more.

“Music is healing,” Koenig said. “Things like this really helped me go through that process and start feeling good again.”

Founded 10 years ago, Encore Chorale, a nonprofit organization, provides those ages 55 and older a chance to sing with a group and perform. No auditions are required to join one of the 21 chorales located in the Baltimore Washington area that meet in 15-week sessions that end with a series of concerts.

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