Jon Linker

Jon comes to Encore Tours after 20 years as a professional trumpet player in United States Air Force bands including assignments in Ohio, Germany, Massachusetts and California. During his military career he performed in concert band, jazz ensemble, brass quintet and marching band in more than 20 US states and 19 foreign countries. Jon holds a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University.

  • J.D. Frizzell on How To Make a Virtual Choir Video

    J.D. Frizzell on How To Make a Virtual Choir Video

    J.D. Frizzell, the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest Christian School, discusses how to make a virtual choir video and what everybody should know before getting started.

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Canada

    Taking Your Ensemble to Canada

    Plan on taking your ensemble to Canada for your next performance trip? Learn more about Montreal, Quebec and find out why it's one of the most popular destinations for travelers!

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  • Useful Music Education Software and Tools

    Useful Music Education Software and Tools

    With musicians and students across the country working remotely and dealing with home education, we wanted to provide some of the most useful online tools and software.

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  • Prelude 2020 Recap

    Prelude 2020 Recap

    At Prelude 2020 in Milan, Music directors had a wonderful weekend filled with musical events, unique cultural experiences, and professional development opportunities.

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: Trinity United Methodist Chancel Choir Canada Tour

    Encore Tours Spotlight: Trinity United Methodist Chancel Choir Canada Tour

    With help from Encore Tours overcoming a cancelled flight, the Trinity United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, from South Carolina, had a fantastic performance tour to Canada.

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: Wallenpaupack High School Choir European Tour

    Encore Tours Spotlight: Wallenpaupack High School Choir European Tour

    The Wallenpaupack High School Choir, from Hawley, PA, had a fantastic European tour visiting Salzburg, Vienna and Prague

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: 2019 FAM Trip to Eastern Europe

    Encore Tours Spotlight: 2019 FAM Trip to Eastern Europe

    Encore Tours organized a FAM (familiarization) trip for music directors and ensemble leaders to Eastern Europe. The group visited numerous sites and venues in Budapest, Bratislava and Prague

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: Germantown Youth Symphony Orchestra Tour to Canada

    Encore Tours Spotlight: Germantown Youth Symphony Orchestra Tour to Canada

    Read all about the Germantown Youth Symphony Orchestra from Germantown, Tennessee had a wonderful tour to Quebec City and Montreal in Canada! Read all about their great Encore Tour.

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: Heidelberg Concert Choir Tour to Eastern Europe

    Encore Tours Spotlight: Heidelberg Concert Choir Tour to Eastern Europe

    The Heidelberg Concert Choir from Tiffin, Ohio had a fantastic tour in Eastern Europe, including participation in the Dvořák Festival. Read all about their wonderful experiences!

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  • What Any Ensemble Can Learn from Military Bands About Audience Engagement

    What Any Ensemble Can Learn from Military Bands About Audience Engagement

    Does your ensemble struggle with audience building and engagement? Read the blog for audience engagement strategies from one of the country's most prestigious ensembles!

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  • 10 Online Groups & Forums for Music Directors

    10 Online Groups & Forums for Music Directors

    Online social media groups and forums can be supportive spaces for music directors to ask questions about things going on in their rehearsal rooms. Check out our list of 10 online groups.

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: Briarcrest Christian School Band and Choir Tour to Italy

    Encore Tours Spotlight: Briarcrest Christian School Band and Choir Tour to Italy

    Briarcrest Christian School band and choir members had a fantastic Encore performance tour in Italy. Read about their adventures and performances in Pompeii, Sorrento, and Rome.

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  • Encore Tours 2019 FAM Trip for Music Directors

    Encore Tours 2019 FAM Trip for Music Directors

    June 5 - 11, 2019, Encore will be taking a group of Music Directors on a Familiarization (FAM) Trip to Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Read the blog to find out how you can attend!

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  • [QUIZ] Which Destination is Best for Your Ensemble?

    [QUIZ] Which Destination is Best for Your Ensemble?

    Take our practical and fun quiz to find out what destination would be best for your ensemble to travel to on your next band, choir, or orchestra performance tour!

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Eastern Europe

    Taking Your Ensemble to Eastern Europe

    With historic cities, a rich musical heritage, and spectacular performance venues, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic are well worth a visit with your ensemble!

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  • Performance Tour Spotlight: Lebanon High School Band in Ireland

    Performance Tour Spotlight: Lebanon High School Band in Ireland

    The Lebanon High School Band performed to packed houses on their first international tour to Ireland.

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  • Terme Tettuccio: Picturesque Venue for Orchestra Tours in Montecatini, Italy

    Terme Tettuccio: Picturesque Venue for Orchestra Tours in Montecatini, Italy

    Terme Tettuccio, a hidden gem in the Tuscan region of Italy, is perfect for Orchestras and Bands! Learn more about this picturesque venue and how to perform there on your next tour!

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  • Irish Venues: Performing in the Emerald Isle

    Irish Venues: Performing in the Emerald Isle

    Explore the wealth of beautiful, historical and acoustic performance venues for your band, choir or orchestra in Ireland!

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  • Sun, Scenery and Standing-Room Only: An Encore Performance Tour to Italy

    Sun, Scenery and Standing-Room Only: An Encore Performance Tour to Italy

    The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra performs for standing-room only crowds on a performance tour to Italy. Read more about how to take your ensemble to new places!

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    A peaceful, green jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers a safe, exciting and economical destination for your next international performance tour

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