All Shows are performed in the First United Methodist Sanctuary

The Encore Concert Series is a group of distinctive and thematic productions with each show reflecting a diverse mix of classical, jazz, folk, pop, and contemporary Christian praise music. These shows are designed to appeal to a wide range of musical tastes.

Encore Rocks the Hall!

Friday, July 13th 2018 7pm 

Concert is free and open to the public

Complimentary drinks and pizza!

Firelily and their band
will perform the
praise music of:

Hillsong United

Brooke Fraser

Lauren Daigle

Phil Wickman


Kari Jobe

Jesus Culture

and more...

Round Midnight

Sat. Oct 28 - 2017

Church Open House 6 pm 

Show time 7 pm

We kick off the season with a Halloween inspired show that's full of surprises! Barn-burning virtuosic piano numbers, classic jazz, torch songs, flashy novelty piano solos, and a few musical numbers about things that go bump in the night!  This show will feature Firelily, pianist Thomas Rheingans, and the Heritage Women's Ensemble.
Scrumptious desserts and refreshments will round out the evening.
Come early to attend a special open house at First United Methodist. There will be special treats for kids and a few scary surprises!
Winter Choral Festival
The Heritage Chamber Singers
The Vancouver Youth Choir
Choral Groups from Evergreen and Vancouver School District
Thomas Rheingans Ensemble
This festive event has something for everyone! We bring a touch of the Portland Grotto experience to Vancouver with this holiday program.  Strolling carolers,  festive lights, hot cider, desserts, and Advent crafts for children and adults!
Starting a 4:15 pm several local school choirs and small ensembles will perform.  Thomas Rheingans and Lisa Frey will perform at 6 pm.
Performance Schedule:   
4:15 Heritage Treble Choir 
4:30 Frontier Middle School Choir
4:45 Endeavor Elementary Choir
5:00 Vancouver Youth Choir 
5:15 Columbia Valley Elementary Choir
5:30  Orchards Elementary All Star Choir 
5:45 Break
6:00 Pianist Thomas Rheingans & Vocalist Lisa Frey also featuring the Heritage Chamber Choir 

Winter Choir Festival

Sat. December 9  -  2017

4 pm to 7 pm 

Thomas Rheingans

Café Du Monde

Sat. Feb 10  -  2018

7 pm

Free and Open to the Public!

Our concert series makes a stop in the French Quarter at the Café Du Monde. New Orleans has always been a center of musical activity with it's intertwined European, Latin, American, and African-American cultures.

This concert will feature dixieland jazz, rag-time, swinging blues, and the dazzling piano music of New Orleans famous 19th composer/pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk!

After the concert we will be serving authentic New Orleans beignets and chicory coffee!

Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Spring Choir Festival

Thurs. March 8  -  2018

6 pm

Free and Open to the Public!

Western Washington University  
Advanced Treble Chorale
Professor Timothy Fitzpatrick, Director

There will be a special Encore Choir Festival presentation on March 8th at 7 pm in the First United Methodist Sanctuary.  This concert is free and open to the public.  It will feature two stellar choral groups from Washington: Western Washington University Advanced Treble Chorale and the Rogers High School Concert Choir from Puyallup.  These choirs have been selected to perform in the Northwest Regional ACDA ( American Choral Directors Association) convention being held in Portland.  This is an ideal opportunity to hear these excellent choirs in Vancouver prior to their performances in Portland.  


The Vancouver Chamber Singers will also be performing.  This group is a semi-professional young adult choir of 35 singers in residence at First United Methodist Church.  The choir is directed by Joel Karn and features Thomas Rheingans at the piano. 

Heritage High School 
Chamber Choir
Joel Karn, Director
Rogers  High School 
Concert Choir
Justin Wisness, Director

An American in Paris

May 5  -  2018

7 pm 

For the May 5th show, Thomas Rheingans will be performing a piano transcription of the famous George Gershwin orchestral piece “An American in Paris”.  Concert goers are in for a real treat!  This dynamic and challenging musical work is rarely heard as a solo piano piece. The show will feature other works by George Gershwin, Ravel, Copland, Charlie Parker, and Chopin. 


The concert will feature jazz and gospel vocalist Camille Greenidge Bass.  Also on the playbill will be the Vancouver Chamber Singers.


The Vancouver Chamber Singers is quickly establishing itself as one of the premier vocal groups in Vancouver area.  This semi-professional, young adult choir is part of the larger Vancouver Choirs program which includes auditioned choirs for elementary and middle school singers.   The entire Vancouver Choirs program has been in residence at First United Methodists Choir in Vancouver since September of 2017. 


More information about this choral program can be found at


Camille Greenidge Bass

Lisa Frey

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