Venice Musicale will present Encore Chorus in a concert of holiday music Thursday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 508 Riviera St., Venice. The concert is free and open to the public.
Always a favorite with audiences, Encore Chorus has performed as Venice Musicale’s ambassadors to the community, entertaining in a variety of venues, for nearly 20 years.
For the last 10 years the chorus has been fortunate to have as director and accompanist husband and wife team Bill and Jan Antholz. Hailing from Minnesota, where they still spend their summers, both have extensive backgrounds in music as educators and performers.
Bill was a high school choral conductor in Minneapolis for 38 years and taught strings in grades five through 12. He has directed church choirs since he was 16. He has a beautiful baritone voice and has sung professionally.
Jan received her Master’s Degree in Music Education from St. Thomas University, taught music in the Minneapolis public schools, and at Concordia University and Augsburg University. In 1996, this composer, arranger and superb pianist was named Minnesota “Educator of the Year.”
Encore members, including the director and accompanist, volunteer their time and talents, bringing their joy of singing to the public to raise funds for Venice Musicale’s scholarship program.
Each spring Venice Musicale grants awards through competitive audition to elementary, middle and high school students in South Sarasota and Charlotte counties for summer music camp, private lessons, or first-year college performance studies. The scholarship program is funded entirely by contributions from Venice Musicale members and friends, and donations are accepted at each concert.