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.

Encore is committed to contributing to the arts community in San Diego. We are a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 45-2038760.

Creative Team

Tim McKnight, Music Director

Tim McKnight has proudly served as Encore Vocal Ensemble’s Music Director since 2012. Tim originally hails from the Midwest where he received his Bachelors in Music Education and his Masters in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his work with Encore, He is also finishing his 13th year as 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 and conductor. Between 2011 and 2013, he garnered two Outstanding Music Direction Awards (Children of Eden and Tommy) and two nominations (Funny Girl and Gypsy) from the National Youth Arts Awards for his work with JCompany Youth Theatre in La Jolla. In 2014 and 2015, Tim was honored to be the Music Director for the Ben Vereen Awards here in San Diego.

Jennifer Savion, Assistant Music 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. .

Board of Directors

Board President: Lorie McDaniel
Vice President: Lisa Harris-Schiewe
Secretary: Katie O'Leary
Treasurer: Lisa Harris-Schiewe
Production Chair: Stephanie Starkey
Development Chair: Neill Kovrig
Marketing Chair:  Matt Soto
Membership & Social Chair:  Matt Starkey
Education & Community Outreach Chair:  Katie Geppert