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About
Encore Vocal Ensemble

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Encore Vocal Ensemble is San Diego’s go-to choral group for quality, entertaining performances of musical theatre at a great value. Through main stage and community performances, and a robust schedule of master classes, we are sharing our love of live performance with the San Diego region while expanding our capabilities as performers.

WHO WE ARE

Led by acclaimed Music Director Tim McKnight, Encore is recognized for its professional quality of performances and brings together a talented group of more than 50 singers, dancers, and actors who are looking to further improve their musicianship and give back to the community. Encore creates a safe space for singers of all backgrounds where diversity is celebrated and members support one another above all else.

Our Artistic Team

TIM MCKNIGHT,
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Tim McKnight has proudly served as Encore Vocal Ensemble’s Music/Artistic Director since 2012. Tim originally hails from the Midwest where he received his Bachelors in Music Education and his Masters in Accompanying & Vocal Coaching from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign. Over the past 17 years, he has also served as the Director of Music at Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Escondido.

 

Tim is a private piano teacher, accompanist, vocal coach, and award-winning musical theatre director & conductor. He has received 3 National Youth Arts Awards for Outstanding Music Direction as well as 4 nominations for his work at J*Company Youth Theatre in La Jolla. In addition, Tim has had the honor of being the Music Director for the Broadway San Diego Awards since their inception in 2014.

JENNIFER SAVION,
ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Jennifer Savion is originally from Syracuse, NY, and has been Encore’s Assistant Music Director since January 2017.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, and is a singer, instrumentalist, teacher, and conductor.  Jennifer operates a private lessons studio and is an active member of the San Diego performing arts community.  She has worked with several different arts organizations over the years, including Center Stage Productions, Coronado Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre, Young Actors’ Theatre, Pickwick Players, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Daybreak Games, the Francis Parker School, and the San Diego Women’s Chorus.

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AIMEE MEREDITH,
SHOW DIRECTOR

Aimee’ Meredith has helmed 10 mainstage show with Encore. Her works with the group include “HAIR in Concert”, “The Murder Mystery Show” and “Hollywood Hits”. Aimee is a nationally recognized choreographer and dance instructor as well as a two-time Telly Award winning producer/director for the sketch comedy television show THE HOUSE. She also co-hosts the weekly podcast “The House of Pop Culture”.

Our Board of Directors
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LISA HARRIS-SCHIEWE,

BOARD PRESIDENT

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KATIE O'LEARY,

SECRETARY

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STEVE LIN,

PRODUCTION CHAIR

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MATT STARKEY,

VICE PRESIDENT

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TIFFANY SPENCE,

MARKETING CHAIR

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JACOB DAVIS,

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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GIANA

RODRIGUEZ,

TREASURER

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LORIE MCDANIEL,

OUTREACH CHAIR

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ERIC CARROLL,

MEMBER AT LARGE