Kate Huffman

Kate first discovered the power of intercultural communication and exchange through music on a month-long trip to China and Japan with her college wind ensemble. She's been hooked on traveling ever since and has performed with different groups in cities such Beijing, London, and Kyoto to name a few! Kate is a clarinet player and a passionate arts advocate with degrees in music, arts administration, and cultural policy. Kate is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Encore Tours.

  • Passenger Letter: Exceptional Choir Tour to Ireland

    Passenger Letter: Exceptional Choir Tour to Ireland

    One passenger wrote to us after she returned from her choir tour and sang Encore Tours' praises! Read what she had to say about her exceptional choir tour to Ireland.

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  • Making Travel More Accessible to All: Announcing Encore’s Personal Fundraising Pages

    Making Travel More Accessible to All: Announcing Encore’s Personal Fundraising Pages

    Encore’s new personal fundraising pages gives passengers the tools they need to raise funds for their performance tour from family, friends, and their personal networks.

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  • Meet Scholarship Recipient Spencer Meneghini

    Meet Scholarship Recipient Spencer Meneghini

    Encre Tours is dedicated to supporting current and future music educators. This year, we're supporting Spencer, recipient of the 2018 Sacksman Family/Encore Performance Tours Scholarship!

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  • #WhyEncore: Highlighting Why Music Directors Choose Encore Tours

    #WhyEncore: Highlighting Why Music Directors Choose Encore Tours

    Follow our latest campaign, #WhyEncore, to discover why music directors choose Encore Tours to lead their band, choir, and orchestra tours!

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  • Performance Tour Spotlight: Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club's Trip to Ireland

    Performance Tour Spotlight: Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club's Trip to Ireland

    Orchestra Director and Fiddle Club Leader, Jess LaBello, shares the amazing experiences her fiddle students had on their performance tour to Ireland and the value of joint performances.

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  • Musical Traditions of May Day

    Musical Traditions of May Day

    May Day is an ancient festival celebrating the return of spring and has many musical traditions!

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  • Prelude: Professional Development on an International Scale

    Prelude: Professional Development on an International Scale

    Prelude is more than just an exciting occasion for Music Directors to travel overseas, it's a valuable opportunity for professional development!

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  • Encore's Musical Staff - Ward Dilmore

    Encore's Musical Staff - Ward Dilmore

    An Emmy-nominated composer and a retired music teacher who has traveled with Encore all over the world, Ward uses his experiences to understand the needs of music directors and bolster their programs.

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  • Encore's Musical Staff - Jon Linker

    Encore's Musical Staff - Jon Linker

    Having performed and toured the world as a member of the U.S. Air Force Band, Jon brings his extensive knowledge of performance travel to his role at Encore Tours.

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  • Music Moves and Connects Us: The Value of International Performance Tours

    Music Moves and Connects Us: The Value of International Performance Tours

    Performing abroad not only allows ensembles to come together with a shared purpose, but also provides musicians with opportunities to learn about different cultures.

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  • Encore's Musical Staff - Maggie Rodriguez

    Encore's Musical Staff - Maggie Rodriguez

    The staff at Encore Tours is made up of musicians and music educators allowing us to truly understand the needs of traveling music directors. Read about Program Consultant Maggie's musical background!

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  • Encore Tours 2018 Scholarship Contest Winners: The World in Your World

    Encore Tours 2018 Scholarship Contest Winners: The World in Your World

    Congratulations to the Encore Tours winners of our 2018 Scholarship Contest! Check out the creative and thoughtful winning entries.

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  • Exclusive Offer for Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference Attendees

    Exclusive Offer for Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference Attendees

    We have a fantastic, exclusive offer on a Canadian performance tour for MMEA attendees! Stop by the Encore Tours booth to learn more and sign up.

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  • Why Music Directors Choose Encore – Don't take our word for it!

    Why Music Directors Choose Encore – Don't take our word for it!

    Whose opinion do you trust most? Your fellow music directors, of course! Read why directors believe that touring is important and why they choose Encore to take their ensemble to new places.

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  • Peter's Music Picks: New York State of Mind

    Peter's Music Picks: New York State of Mind

    Peter recently traveled across the Atlantic from New York and is in a New York State of Mind. Peter says this song makes him feel at home. What song or piece of music makes you feel that way?

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  • Prelude 2018: Music, Mozart, and Making Connections

    Prelude 2018: Music, Mozart, and Making Connections

    A recap of Prelude 2018 in the birthplace of Mozart. Music Directors had a fantastic weekend full of site inspections, networking, and opportunities to improve their upcoming performance tours.

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  • 10 Inspirational Quotes About Music and Travel

    10 Inspirational Quotes About Music and Travel

    10 quotes to inspire your next choir, band, or orchestra trip!

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  • 15 Best Elf on the Shelf Music Memes

    15 Best Elf on the Shelf Music Memes

    Corn on a Horn, Paganini on a Panini, and more! These are our favorite "Elf on the Shelf" music memes.

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  • Peter's Music Picks: Long May You Run

    Peter's Music Picks: Long May You Run

    Peter's been getting into the holiday spirit and feeling nostalgic listening to Neil Young's "Long May You Run." Listen to the song and let us know what songs put you in a better mood.

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  • Fundraising: Feedback and Freebies!

    Fundraising: Feedback and Freebies!

    Help Encore Tours learn more about music directors' fundraising needs and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! Download our free "Fundraising on a Major Scale" ebook for more fundraising ideas.

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