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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.

A Letter From Our Board
Dear Friends and Family,

Since the advent of the coronavirus, Encore Vocal Ensemble has canceled all in-person singing rehearsals and postponed all performances until we receive word from our state & local officials that social distancing is no longer necessary and large groups may again meet. The safety and wellbeing of our membership and the community at large is our top priority and will remain so for the duration. 

Though it saddens us to be unable to perform for you as we would in normal circumstances, we have chosen to see this time as an opportunity that we would not otherwise have had to pool our creative juices and focus on our next productions. And we have cause for some excitement: Encore’s 10-year anniversary is this Spring 2021, and we’ve already begun laying the groundwork for a blockbuster celebration of our first decade. We are committed to continuing to provide you with the best entertainment San Diego has to offer, and this show will be one for the ages!

Nonprofit organizations worldwide are experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus, and Encore Vocal Ensemble is no exception. If you have ever participated in or attended one of our shows and been positively impacted, please consider a donation to ensure that we are able to continue in our efforts. To donate, please click on "Donate" at the top of the page and you will find several ways to contribute, including:

  • One-time donation: No amount is too great or small

  • Become a recurring donor: Monthly contributions help Encore continue to operate  

  • Amazon Smile: Select Encore Vocal Ensemble as your Amazon Smile charity and for every eligible purchase, Amazon will donate a portion of sales to Encore. Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ to get started, as well as every time you shop to ensure Encore receives a donation. For future ease, download the Amazon Smile Chrome extension to be automatically redirected to Amazon Smile when you visit Amazon.com.

 

We at Encore want to thank you for your support and understanding in these times of uncertainty. You remain always in our thoughts and in our hearts, for we are in this together. Until time and circumstance permits us to meet again, we wish you a safe and healthy journey.

 

Sincerely,
The Encore Vocal Ensemble Board of Directors
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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MATT STARKEY,

VICE PRESIDENT

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MATT SOTO,

MARKETING CHAIR

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GIANA

RODRIGUEZ

TREASURER

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LORIE MCDANIEL,

OUTREACH CHAIR