The Encore Singers

Montgomery County, MD

We are an adult choral group, singing music both sacred and secular, accompanied and a capella.

Our group is evolving! Over June, July, and August of 2018, we will be recruiting new tenors, basses, and a new director. If you are interested, please call Kathie at 301-807-3785 or email We'd love to talk to you!

Rehearsals: 7:15 - 9:15 (currently on summer hiatus)

Salem United Methodist Church, Brookeville, MD

Links to Our Spring 2018 Performances


The Encore Singers is a chamber group based in Montgomery County, Maryland. It was founded in the mid-1980s by a group of Einstein High School alumni, who gathered in one member’s living room on a regular basis to socialize and sing the choral music they had sung as teens. When their former director, John Scott, retired from the Montgomery County Public Schools, he joined the Encore Singers as director, and the ensemble grew in size and professionalism and began performing in public venues. Upon the death of John Scott in 1994, the group approached Mr. Scott’s friend and colleague, John Preston, who had retired as choral director at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; he became the second director of the Encore Singers. When Mr. Preston moved out of state in 2007, Mrs. Rose Eide-Altman, who had previously served as Encore’s accompanist, became its third director.

The Encore Singers includes many graduates of Montgomery County high schools, including Einstein, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, and Seneca Valley, who have pursued careers in education, music, medicine, and business. The ensemble has performed at a wide variety of Washington, DC-area venues including the White House, the National Cathedral, the Mormon Temple Festival of Lights, the Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Interfaith Chapel at Leisure World, Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, Salem United Methodist Church in Brookeville, the National Gallery of Art, and the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.

Maintained by K. Esmay

Last updated 6/4/2018


  • Sopranos: Debbie Ambrose, Kathryn Esmay, Meg Flanagan, Maryellen Rechen, Laurie Ryffel
  • Altos: Ruth Digel, Kathie Lillie, Margo Maier, Sue Shorb-Sterling, Ivey Wallace
  • Tenors: Bill Bates, David Eide-Altman
  • Bass: Jeb Rechen

May 30, 2010

Prelude to Evensong at the National Cathedral

Washington, DC


Concert at the Olney Artists' & Farmers' Market

May 17, 2009

Prelude to Evensong

Washington National Cathedral