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.

  • Prelude 2019 in Review

    Prelude 2019 in Review

    A recap of Prelude 2019 in beautiful Milan, Italy. Music directors had a wonderful weekend full of musical events, cultural immersions, and professional development opportunities.

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  • ACDA National Conference 2019

    ACDA National Conference 2019

    Stop by the Encore booth at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 2019 Conference in Kansas City!

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  • Encore Tours' 2018 in Review

    Encore Tours' 2018 in Review

    January is a great time for reflection on the year past, so we're reviewing highlights of Encore Tours' 2018!

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  • 2019 Calendar - Musical Celebrations Around the World

    2019 Calendar - Musical Celebrations Around the World

    Our 2019 Calendar of Musical Celebrations Around the World will fill your rehearsal space or classroom with a different cultural adventure through music each moth! Download your free calendar now!

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  • The Secret to Gaining Your Administration’s Approval for a Performance Tour

    The Secret to Gaining Your Administration’s Approval for a Performance Tour

    If you need your administration's approval before taking your musicians on a performance tour, have no fear! Read our blog post for the secret to gaining administrator's approval for your tour.

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  • Kate’s Performance Tour to China & Japan: A trip that set a path for life

    Kate’s Performance Tour to China & Japan: A trip that set a path for life

    When Kate embarked on an overseas tour to China & Japan with her college wind ensemble, she knew she was in for a trip of a lifetime. She didn't know then that it would set her on a path for life.

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  • Church Choir Performance Tours: Singing and Spreading the Word to the World

    Church Choir Performance Tours: Singing and Spreading the Word to the World

    Singing in sacred spaces, coming together as an ensemble, and exploring religious heritage. These are just a few reasons to perform with your church choir on an Encore international performance tour.

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  • Experience an Encore Performance Tour [VIDEO]

    Experience an Encore Performance Tour [VIDEO]

    Ever wondered what it's like to travel to new places and perform on the world stage? Check out this amazing video made by an Encore Tours passenger to find out!

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  • CodaBow’s 25 Bows for 25 Kids Giveaway: Empowering Young Musicians

    CodaBow’s 25 Bows for 25 Kids Giveaway: Empowering Young Musicians

    CodaBow is celebrating their 25th anniversary by giving away 25 bows to 25 young string players in need. Find out how to nominate a young string player in your life!

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  • Passenger Letter: Exceptional Choir Tour to Ireland

    Passenger Letter: Exceptional Choir Tour to Ireland

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