Tori Cook

Having grown up in a military family, Tori traveled the world at a young age and has visited over 25 countries to date. She is the former Director of Marketing and Business Development at Encore Tours and her passion for travel is matched only by her love of music. She holds bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Theory and currently performs with Chorus pro Musica in the Boston area. She also directs the Harborlight Show Chorus, a small barbershop chorus in the North Shore.

  • Press Releases and Posting Your Ensemble's Press Kit

    Press Releases and Posting Your Ensemble's Press Kit

    The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Ensemble's Press Kit explains how you can create and format press releases and post your materials to gain maximum visibility.

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  • Lesson Plan 12/13: Responding - Analyze & Interpret - Teaching the Core Music Standards

    Lesson Plan 12/13: Responding - Analyze & Interpret - Teaching the Core Music Standards

    Lesson plans 12 and 13 use ensemble travel as a way of teaching the responding category of the core music standards. The lesson plans focus on analyzing and interpreting music.

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  • The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    The 5 Most Insightful Thoughts from Tri-M Scholarship Applicants

    2016 Tri-M high school members write essays on defining music as a universal language. This article provides the top 5 insightful quotes from these essays.

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  • Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

    Chorus America's Online Learning Program Sponsored by Encore Tours

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  • Defining Music as a Universal Language: Interviewing the 2016 Tri-M Scholarship Winner

    Defining Music as a Universal Language: Interviewing the 2016 Tri-M Scholarship Winner

    2016 Tri-M/Encore Tours Scholarship Winner interviews on her "Defining Music as a Universal Language" essay. She shares her hopes for the future and thoughts on keeping music in education.

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  • The Undeniable Benefits of Band, Orchestra and Choir Trips

    The Undeniable Benefits of Band, Orchestra and Choir Trips

    As a choir director and employee at Encore Tours, I can say without a doubt that every traveling ensemble undergoes a transformation at the end of the tour that enhances their music program on...

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  • 4 Reasons Your Ensemble Needs a Press Kit

    4 Reasons Your Ensemble Needs a Press Kit

    We’ve all faced the dreaded task of trying to piece together our ensemble’s press kit. Whether it is for your local concert promotions, touring overseas or just to post on your website, it is a...

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  • The Best “Be Like Bill” Memes for Music Teachers

    The Best “Be Like Bill” Memes for Music Teachers

    Check out our best "Be Like Bill" memes for musicians, music teachers, and directors. Anyone who's taught, led, or been in choir, band, or orchestra will definitely be able to relate!

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  • Lesson 7: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel

    Lesson 7: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel

      STANDARD: MU:Pr4.3.E.Ia Demonstrate an understanding of context in a varied repertoire of music through prepared and improvised performances. TEACHERS: Set up a performance schedule during...

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  • Caroling for Dummies

    Caroling for Dummies

    Trying to get a last-minute group of inexperienced carolers together for the holidays? We’ve chosen the perfect package of carols with easy starting pitches and exciting group splits, plus they’re...

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  • Lesson 6: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel

    Lesson 6: 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel

    STANDARD: MU:Pr4.2.E.Ia Demonstrate, using music reading skills where appropriate, how compositional devices employed and theoretical and structural aspects of musical works impact and inform...

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  • 5 Ways to Support Music Education Programs This #GivingTuesday

    5 Ways to Support Music Education Programs This #GivingTuesday

    It’s #GivingTuesday and a great day to support music education programs across the country. We’ve already shown in hundreds of ways why music education matters: Helps raise achievement levels...

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  • The Best of Music City

    The Best of Music City

    As one of the only U.S. cities where you can hear live music 24/7, 365 days of the year, it’s no wonder Nashville has earned the nickname “Music City.” I recently visited Nashville during the...

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  • 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 5)

    15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 5)

    STANDARD: MU:Pr4.1.E.Ia Explain the criteria used to select a varied repertoire to study based on an understanding of theoretical and structural characteristics of the music, the technical skill...

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  • 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 4)

    15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 4)

    STANDARD: MU:Cr3.2.E.Ia Share personally developed melodies, rhythmic passages, and arrangements – individually or as an ensemble – that address identified purposes. TEACHERS: Set up performance...

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  • 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 3)

    15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 3)

    STANDARD: MU:Cr3.1.E.Ia Evaluate and refine draft melodies, rhythmic passages, arrangements, and improvisations based on established criteria, including the extent to which they address identified...

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  • Top 7 Performance Venues to Follow on Instagram

    Top 7 Performance Venues to Follow on Instagram

    The world is full of unique performing spaces for choirs, bands and orchestras...if you know where to look! Here’s our top 7 Instagram picks featuring the world’s most renowned performance venues.

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  • 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 2)

    15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 2)

    STANDARDS: MU:Cr2.1.E.Ia Select and develop draft melodies, rhythmic passages, and arrangements for specific purposes that demonstrate understanding of characteristic(s) of music from a variety of...

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  • An Interview with Bryan Sanders – Encore Tours/Tri-M 2015 Scholarship Recipient

    An Interview with Bryan Sanders – Encore Tours/Tri-M 2015 Scholarship Recipient

    Encore Tours recently announced the winning essay of the Encore Tours/Tri-M Music Honor Society Scholarship. Today, we interview the winner, Bryan Sanders, to learn more about his musical future....

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  • 15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 1)

    15 Lesson Plans – Teaching the National Core Music Standards through Music Travel (Lesson 1)

    STANDARD: MU:Cr1.1.E.Ia Compose and improvise ideas for melodies, rhythmic passages, and arrangements for specific purposes that reflect characteristic(s) of music from a variety of historical...

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