Thursday, August 8, 2019

Finalizing enrollment numbers

See post(s) below for what has been going on with Encore. In the meantime, the directors need to know their numbers soon, so final preparations can be made.  If you are joining us this year, please send an email to, to get name(s) put on the roster(s). We can enroll students after the start date, of September 13th, but we would like to have some idea of size of the groups by August 23rd.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Getting ready for first semester

The Meet and Greet was a success - it is always great to meet new families and watch the kids try different instruments.

If you missed it, you still have time to join the group. We start meeting on Friday, September 13th.  Some of our groups need a few more students to enroll. Please let me know when you have made a decision about groups, so I can put names on the roster(s).

Did you refer a family? Let me know, because if they sign up with Mr. Gaskin or Mr. Swisher,  there is a referral discount.

If you are interested in rental of a stringed instrument - we suggest Beautiful Music at 9th Iowa or Steve Mason Luthiers and Violins.
For band instruments, we recommend The Band-Aide - a local source in Lawrence.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Martha Bachert

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Encore's Annual Meet and Greet

I hope everyone's summer is going slow - no need to rush the beautiful season of spring and summer.

We have a date for our annual "meet and greet". This is an opportunity for those not familiar with our group, to meet the directors, try band and stringed instruments, learn about our program, and ask questions. Those who are ready to sign up for classes, can attend to get names on the rosters.

When: Friday, July 26th
            from 10am - noon

Where: Indian Ave Baptist Church - our location for rehearsals
             146 Indian Ave.
             Lawrence, KS

Contact info: Martha Bachert

This will be our 17th year of offering a music education program to homeschooled students.The semester begins on September 13th and runs approximately 11 weeks, followed by a program in December

Second semester will being on January 10th and will run approximately 16 weeks, also followed by a spring program.

Groups offered - depending on enrollment:

Beginning, Concert, Advanced, and Jazz Band
Beginning and Intermediate Strings
Elementary and Jr. High/Sr. High Choir
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Guitar
Bitty Beats Preschool Music
World Percussion

Times of classes and fees can be found on the right side of this page - in the gray section. Scroll down past our group history, towards the bottom to find the headings, "The Basics" ---"Groups" --- "Tuition"

We look forward to seeing our current families and meet new ones.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Recital and end of year information

We meet for our final rehearsal at Christ Community Church - 1100 Kasold - on Friday, May 3rd.

The recital is also at Christ Communitiy Church - on May 7th - starting at 7pm. Students should arrive by 6:30.

Here is the schedule for the final rehearsal, May 3rd:

All Choirs - arrive at 8:50, begin rehearsing on stage at 9:00

All Bands - (Concert, Jazz, Advanced) - arrive at 9:00 - begin rehearsing on stage at 9:30

Bitty Beats - arrive at 10:00 - rehearse on stage at 10:15

Percussion - arrive at 10:15 - rehearse on stage at 10:30

Strings - arrive at 10:45 - rehearse on stage at 11:00

Guitar - arrive at 11:00 - rehearse on stage after strings is finished.

The directors will do their best to stay on schedule, but delays are to be expected Emoji. Arrival time allows everyone to prepare before rehearsing on the stage.

Sewing class - please bring all your projects, made in class over the year, with you to the recital. We will display them, as well as the dolls wearing the clothes you made.

Friday is the last opportunity to donate to the director's gift cards. I will be available to collect money from 9am - 11:00 that day.

We will have our annual "meet and greet" this summer - date is being worked on. If you know of families that would be interested in our program, please pass on our information. Next year will be our 17th year of offering a music education program to homeschool families. 

The directors and I appreciate your participation in Encore. I am grateful to the mom's that kept the nursery/classroom neat and tidy each Friday. The directors and I are blessed to have such wonderful families in our groups.

See you all on Friday!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

See you all tomorrow

We meet tomorrow, like usual - place and time is the same for all groups.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Hello Encore Families,

I wanted to remind everyone that we DO NOT meet this Friday - Good Friday - April 19th.

We meet on April 26th - all groups.

We will meet at Christ Community Church on May 3rd, for a dress rehearsal. Mr. Gaskin is working on a schedule, but the time frame will be between 9am and 11:30ish. 

Christ Community Church: 1100 Kasold, in Lawrence.

The recital is Tuesday, May 7th. The program begins at 7pm. We ask that the students arrive at 6:30 for warm up. Choir and Bands - Concert black and white - if possible - not mandatory.

I am collecting donations toward gift cards for the directors, and there are two more weeks to donate - April 26th and May 3rd.

Thank you for sharing your students with Encore this year.

Friday, March 8, 2019

We DO meet during Spring Break

Just a reminder that we meet on Friday, March 15th - we do not observe Spring Break, but will not meet on Good Friday.