Encore Music Academy will never turn away an enthusiastic young singer who cannot afford the tuition. Currently 20% of choristers receive some form of tuition assistance. Tuition payment plans are also offered. Financial awards can be granted up to 85% of annual tuition.
Tours are an integral part of Encore Youth Choir programming. From a day tour of local schools, to a one-week Encore tour to Europe, all auditioned choirs have the opportunity to go on tour as local, national, and international musical ambassadors! Learn more about our touring choir.
Cantabile and Di Canto Choirs go on an overnight retreat each fall at a waterpark in Lake Geneva. Aria and Bella Voce Choirs have a day retreat in the fall. The importance of this time to the success of the choir experience cannot be emphasized enough.
2015-2016 - EYC auditions and participates in PicFest - Pacific Northwest International Choral Festival on the campus of University of Oregon
2014-2015 - EYC performs at Festival of the Voice at Raue Center, holds 10th Annual Cabaret and Silent Auction, sings with Kurt Bestor
2013-2014 - EYC travels to Salzburg, Vienna and Prague on their third European Tour
2012-2013 - EYC performs joint concerts with Potts and Pans as well as the McHenry County Youth Orchestra. Accepted invitation to perform at Orchestra Hall under the direction of Henry Leck
2011-2012 - Encore Choir performs in Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans, LA. Hosted the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde. Youth Choir invited to perform with Northwest Indiana Symphony and at the Festival of the Voice.
2010-2011 - Students selected to National Honor’s Choirs at the American Choral Director’s Association Convention in Chicago.
2009-2010 – Encore Choir Tour to London, England. Guest choir with ABBA Mania at Raue Center. Students selected to American Choral Director’s Association Central Division Honor’s Choirs.
2008-2009 – Encore Choir performs in Carnegie Hall as part of the National Children’s Choir. Hosted Joint Concert with the National Children’s and Youth Choirs of Guatemala.
2007-2008 - Hosted first ever Singing the Masters Festival. Invited to sing as guest performers with the Prairie Singers and at the Festival of the Lights.
2006-2007 – Encore Choir Tour to Italy. Sang with Pat Boone Christmas Show at the Raue Center.
2006 – First Concert February 24-26, 2006 as the Northwest Community Youth Choir to three sold out audiences.
Goals - Each EMA Youth Choir member will:
Be respected, welcomed and valued as an individual
Develop his/her singing, musicianship, and music theory skills in a fun, non-threatening, educational environment
Interact with and be exposed to music, languages, and history from other cultures and traditions
Perform music which is of the highest quality, and is challenging and exciting to learn
Contribute to the cultural life of his/her community and surrounding areas through concerts, tours, and festivals