The Greater Reading Encore Chorale welcomes new senior singers for fall session

The Greater Reading Encore Chorale.

Chorale for Seniors Promotes Singing Enjoyment, Health and Well-being

The Greater Reading Encore Chorale, a choir for adults 55 years old and older, will begin its second season by opening the ensemble to new members. Weekly rehearsals will begin Thursday, September 5 from 10to 11:30 a.m. at Berks Encore’s Mifflin Center at Grace Lutheran Church in Shillington, and experienced singers are invited to join for the fall session.

The chorale was founded by Dr. Louise Hauer Greenberg, a resident of The Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington, in an effort to provide musical education and performance opportunities to seniors, and in the process, improve the health and well-being of the singers. Adults who are “singing now or have sung sometime in their lives and want to return to singing, are invited to join nearly 30 other talented singers in this non-auditioned chorale,” said Dr. Greenberg. “The chorale is particularly seeking tenors and basses, although all voice parts are welcome.”

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The chorale is directed by David Rutt, music director at Alsace Lutheran Church. Rutt taught music in the Reading School District for 34 years and also directed the Muhlenberg Community Singers.

The fall season will culminate with two free holiday concerts in December in the Reading area. The chorale also will be invited to perform in the holiday concerts of other Encore Chorale societies based in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas.

The Greater Reading Encore Chorale is a partner of Berks Encore, which serves senior citizens throughout Berks County, and is also affiliated with Encore Creativity for Older Adults, a non-profit organization that is the nation’s largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults. It is one of 14 Encore Chorales, boasting over 650 singers, located throughout the Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas.

Interested singers may contact David Rutt for more information at 610.921.2667 or derutt1@yahoo.com.