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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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  • Musical Celebrations Around the World - Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day

    Musical Celebrations Around the World - Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day

    Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day celebrates musical instruments and sounds that the average person doesn't come across every day. Celebrate this fun holiday with your ensemble - find out how!

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  • Encore Tours Presents the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin: First-Ever Concert in Boston

    Encore Tours Presents the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin: First-Ever Concert in Boston

    On Wednesday, July 17th, the renowned Choir of Christ Church Cathedral from Dublin, Ireland will perform a free concert in Boston. Please join us for this amazing musical opportunity!

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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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  • Online LGBTQ+ Resources for Music Educators and Ensemble Leaders

    Online LGBTQ+ Resources for Music Educators and Ensemble Leaders

    A list of LGBTQ+ resources specifically curated for music educators and ensemble leaders.

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: World Music Performance Tour to Spain

    Encore Tours Spotlight: World Music Performance Tour to Spain

    Flamenco dancers, standing ovations, and soaking in Spanish culture - read about the St. Stephen's Global Ensemble + Atash Encore performance tour in Spain!

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  • Musical Celebrations Around the World - African American Music Appreciation Month

    Musical Celebrations Around the World - African American Music Appreciation Month

    This month-long holiday is intended to highlight the incredible talents of African American musicians and the impact they have had on music in the U.S. and around the world.

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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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  • Travel Documents Needed for a Performance Tour: Passports, Visas, and Birth Certificate Information

    Travel Documents Needed for a Performance Tour: Passports, Visas, and Birth Certificate Information

    Passports and Visas and Birth Certificates, oh my! Find out what identification documents you need to travel on an international or domestic performance tour.

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  • Building a Successful Performance Tour Tradition

    Building a Successful Performance Tour Tradition

    How do I recruit for my performance tour? How can I assure parents their children will be safe on tour? These questions and more are answered in our latest blog by Encore Director Brian Dokko.

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  • Musical Celebrations Around the World - International Drum Month

    Musical Celebrations Around the World - International Drum Month

    International Drum month celebrates all things drums and percussion. Read the blog to find out how to celebrate Inernational Drum Month with your musicians!

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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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  • A Master Gardener's Advice on Growing Your Music Ensemble

    A Master Gardener's Advice on Growing Your Music Ensemble

    Music Directors are gardeners. They carefully cultivate their ensemble by planting the seed of promise. Read Encore Director Erick Crow's tips on how to grow your ensemble with a performance tour.

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  • Encore Tours/ACIS Travel Scholarships

    Encore Tours/ACIS Travel Scholarships

    Encore Tours/ACIS' Travel Scholarships offer both teachers and students the chance to be rewarded for their creative expression and interest in the world. Learn more about prizes & how to apply!

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  • Right On Cue: 5 Reasons NOW is the Best Time to Plan a 2020 Performance Tour with your Ensemble

    Right On Cue: 5 Reasons NOW is the Best Time to Plan a 2020 Performance Tour with your Ensemble

    There's no time like the present, but now is truly the best time to plan for your 2020 performance tour. Starting your plans now means you'll have plenty of time for fundraising, recruiting, and more!

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  • Encore Tours Spotlight: Saint Anthony's High School 2019 Italy Tour

    Encore Tours Spotlight: Saint Anthony's High School 2019 Italy Tour

    Performing for Pope Francis, singing for a standing room only crowd in a Gothic cathedral, and pilgrimaging to the relics of Saint Anthony - read all about the St. Anthony High School's choir tour!

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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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  • Musical Celebrations Around the World - Jazz Appreciation Month

    Musical Celebrations Around the World - Jazz Appreciation Month

    Jazz Appreciation Month was created to recognize the extraordinary impact that jazz has had on music and culture around the world. Read the blog to find out how to celebrate with your ensemble!

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  • 5 Pieces of Valuable New Job Advice for Music Directors

    5 Pieces of Valuable New Job Advice for Music Directors

    You got a new music director job - congrats! This can be an exciting, but also tumultuous, time in your life and career. Read our top pieces of advice for music directors starting a new job.

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  • Arrange Music for Your Next Tour with Ease: A ‘How To’ Guide to Noteflight

    Arrange Music for Your Next Tour with Ease: A ‘How To’ Guide to Noteflight

    Noteflight is a music writing application that lets you create, view, print, and hear music notation online. Find out how to use Noteflight to arrange music for your next performance tour.

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