Ward Dilmore

Ward Dilmore is a recently retired music teacher from Wilmington High School, MA where he grew his string orchestra from 12 students to over 450, in large part due to his incorporation of foreign travel into the program. Ward initially traveled with other companies, but once he found Encore, he never looked back. He has taken his ‘Strings Attached’ orchestra overseas with Encore 7 times, in total taking over 1,200 students abroad during his years at Wilmington.

  • Basilica of Sts. John and Paul: Perform in the ancient, Italian basilica as part of its timeless history

    Basilica of Sts. John and Paul: Perform in the ancient, Italian basilica as part of its timeless history

    The Basilica of Sts. John and Paul, or Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, is an ancient basilica in Venice, Italy with a long and rich history. It's a perfect setting for your next performance tour!

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  • The "ETH" Word: Ethics of Gifts for Public School Music Directors

    The "ETH" Word: Ethics of Gifts for Public School Music Directors

    Breaking down the ethics of giving and receiving for public school music directors. What holiday alternatives exist for your music students?

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  • 10 Things Orchestra Directors Can Be Thankful For

    10 Things Orchestra Directors Can Be Thankful For

    Players who bring pencils to rehearsals, having extra bows on hand, and more!

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  • Chorus America Conference 2017 Recap

    Chorus America Conference 2017 Recap

    Ward Dilmore recaps his experiences at the 2017 Chorus America Conference in Los Angeles and announces future blogs based on sessions from the week!

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  • How to Grow Recruitment and Ensure Retention in Your Strings Program

    How to Grow Recruitment and Ensure Retention in Your Strings Program

    The best things in life have strings attached! Ward Dilmore shares his time-tested methods for growing recruitment and ensuring retention in your strings program.

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  • The Secret To Building a Successful Music Program? It’s Ap-parent!

    The Secret To Building a Successful Music Program? It’s Ap-parent!

    Music Parents: The Secret to Success Most successful public school music programs contain an important component that can’t be found in the classroom. And when you consider the structure of the...

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  • Enhance Cross-Curricular Learning Through Your Recruitment Strategies

    Enhance Cross-Curricular Learning Through Your Recruitment Strategies

    Encore staff member, Tori Cook, has written an informative blog about the strategy involved in running a performance tour when you are not bringing-in the projected numbers of...

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  • 6 Universal Truths on Motivating Musicians to Practice

    6 Universal Truths on Motivating Musicians to Practice

    Every ensemble director faces this universal challenge: motivating musicians to practice. In the search for answers, Encore Tours and 70 music directors set sail to the Boston Harbor on May...

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  • Prelude – A Succulent Treat for Music Directors by Encore Tours

    Prelude – A Succulent Treat for Music Directors by Encore Tours

    A music director who plans an international tour is comparable to an outstanding chef preparing an exquisite meal to be enjoyed by their musicians. And if a tour is successful, the delicious...

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  • Managing Your Elementary Strings Program in March

    Managing Your Elementary Strings Program in March

    Defining the Musical Path for Elementary Strings Congratulations on your new beginner strings members who were inducted on Valentine’s Day during your Arch of Bows Ceremony. With their enthusiasm...

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  • How to Run the Arch of Bows Ceremony for Your Beginner Strings!

    How to Run the Arch of Bows Ceremony for Your Beginner Strings!

    Before reading on, we recommend first reading January’s Blog “How to Manage Your Beginner Strings Program in January“. The Arch of Bows! It’s been eagerly awaited as a benchmark for your beginning...

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  • How to Manage Your Beginner Strings Program in January

    How to Manage Your Beginner Strings Program in January

    Congratulations on surviving the holiday season! As musicians, it’s our busiest time of year because our efforts and musical gifts contribute real meaning to the holidays. The month ahead provides...

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  • Elementary Strings Program December

    Elementary Strings Program December

    It’s finally here! Your first benchmark on the path from your elementary strings program through high school strings. You’ve already had your elementary students create invitations for their very...

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  • Elementary Strings Program November

    Elementary Strings Program November

    Now that you’re two months into the school year with your elementary strings program, there are three goals you can strive to address: 1. What are we doing this for? Having a sense of purpose is...

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  • The High Cost of a Low Price Concert Tour

    The High Cost of a Low Price Concert Tour

    On my first foray in international travel, I had a certifiably disastrous concert tour experience with a tour company that promised Nirvana, but delivered a week in hell! My reputation as an...

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  • One Concert Tour and Its Lifelong Impact

    One Concert Tour and Its Lifelong Impact

    As music teachers, we start our school year with high expectations for our students. And for those teachers who are starting beginning strings, band, or chorus, the road may not always be a...

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  • Elementary Strings Recruiting: September

    Elementary Strings Recruiting: September

    Whether you’re a first year strings teacher or a dedicated veteran, recruiting new members is essential to your existence. And as the most seasoned professionals can testify, it’s a project that...

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  • If You’re a Band Director, You’ll Love This

    If You’re a Band Director, You’ll Love This

    Picture your band marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Dublin and Limerick. You really can’t imagine a more exciting experience. James Smith, Regional Director/West for Encore Tours, wore...

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  • A Proven Cure For Music Teacher Burn-Out

    A Proven Cure For Music Teacher Burn-Out

    I taught strings in grades K-college over 32 years. By my 16thyear in the profession, like many of us who teach music, I began to feel frustrated and tired. “Burned-out” is the popular colloquial...

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  • Our “Prelude” to Overseas Performance Travel

    Our “Prelude” to Overseas Performance Travel

    This is an abridged version of Ward Dilmore’s article. To read the full article, click here. As music directors, we are called upon to challenge and inspire our students.  We strive to lead them...

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