Director: Erica Porter Smith
Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Rehearsal location: First Unitarian Church, Sanctuary

Summer 2024 Session:
Dates: July 1 – August 19, 2024
Tuition: $88 per semester (for both, person living with early-to-mid stage Alzheimer’s or related dementia and care partner.) 

Fall 2024 Session:
Dates: September 9 –  December 2, 2024
Tuition J

Spring Session:
Dates: February 24 – May 19, 2024 (no rehearsal April 14)
Tuition J

ENCORE is an intergenerational chorus serving people living with early- to middle-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners, who rehearse and sing together with a host of community volunteers of all ages. The chorus is guided by the Giving Voice Initiative, which fosters the creation and operation of independent choruses that bring joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and their care partners.


The Eastman Community Music School is in search of a team of volunteers to assist with the weekly meetings of this group. Volunteers are singing participants in the chorus and commit to being present at all meetings. Each would be assigned a “dyad” (patient + care partner) to guide through rehearsals. Volunteers are further encouraged to assist with set up and strike of rehearsal, welcome singers, and attend to social time, an important component of the experience.

No audition is required, nor is singing experience necessary. Above all, we seek people with an interest in helping this community health initiative through the art of singing. 

We are extremely grateful to our community for a quick response. At this moment all volunteer positions have been filled.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our list of contacts for the future volunteer opportunities,  please contact Eastman Community Music School office at (585)274-1400 or via email at ESM Community Music School community@esm.rochester.edu .

How to Register

New students and students registering after mid-September: ECMS Registration Form 

Continuing ECMS students may re-register online from May until September.

Paper registration forms available upon request: (585) 274-1400

Once registered, students may begin attending classes. The only registration confirmation you will receive is your bill. You may log on to check your registrations at any time. Click here for complete details on registration and policies.