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  • On Racial Injustice: Taking Action for Meaningful Change

    On Racial Injustice: Taking Action for Meaningful Change

    ACIS President Peter Jones' statement on racial injustice and taking action for meaningful change.

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  • Coronavirus FAQ

    Coronavirus FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding Encore's response to the recent coronavirus outbreak

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  • Encore Live: Inside Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral

    Encore Live: Inside Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral

    In this week's Encore Live, we take a behind-the-scenes tour of Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral. The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin recorded three pieces for this event, so please enjoy!

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  • Encore Live: Mack the Knife and the Wild Years of Berlin (Part 2)

    Encore Live: Mack the Knife and the Wild Years of Berlin (Part 2)

    In this week's Encore Live event, Tour Manager Markus Stuckelberger continues his examination of the song "Mack the Knife" and how it reflects the history of Germany in the 1920s.

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  • Encore Live: Mack the Knife and the Wild Years of Berlin (Part 1)

    Encore Live: Mack the Knife and the Wild Years of Berlin (Part 1)

    In this week's Encore Live, we take a look at the story behind the music as Tour Manager Markus Stuckelberger examines the song "Mack the Knife" and provides a glimpse into Berlin's history.

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  • Encore Live: The Peculiar Case of Haydn's Head

    Encore Live: The Peculiar Case of Haydn's Head

    In this week's Encore Live, Peter Ede traces the bizarre story of what happened to composer Joseph Haydn’s head after it was removed from his body and stolen by gravediggers.

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  • Encore Live: Flamenco and What Follows

    Encore Live: Flamenco and What Follows

    As part of our Encore Live series, Tour Manager Sonia Beck examines Flamenco as an art form, as a musical discipline, and as a philosophical influence on all areas of Spanish life.

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  • Encore Live: Ireland - A Musical Rebellion

    Encore Live: Ireland - A Musical Rebellion

    As part of our Encore Live series, Tour Manager Adrian Metcalfe examines several songs that embody Ireland's rebellious spirit and explains the story behind the music.

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  • Encore Live: From Paris

    Encore Live: From Paris

    As part of our Encore Live series, we spoke with our resident France expert, Alain Doff, and conductor Till Aly to discuss the re-opening of the French music scene.

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  • Encast - Bonus Episode - Repertoire Shows Who You Are

    Encast - Bonus Episode - Repertoire Shows Who You Are

    In these bonus episodes of the Encast, Sean Boulware and Suzanne Woodruff discuss the importance of repertoire and how it can impact your local community.

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  • Encast - Part 3 - Getting Ready to Tour

    Encast - Part 3 - Getting Ready to Tour

    In the CCD finale, Diane Linn describes her first interactions with Encore and explains how taking her ensemble on an international performance tour served as a transformative experience.

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  • Encast - Part 2 - Developing Your Repertoire

    Encast - Part 2 - Developing Your Repertoire

    Sean Boulware, a respected conductor, composer, & director, and Suzanne Woodruff, Director of Choral Music & Performing Arts Department Chair at Woodward Academy, discuss the importance of repertoire.

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  • Introducing Encore's new podcast: Encast

    Introducing Encore's new podcast: Encast

    In the first episode of Encast, Diane Linn, President of the Community Chorus of Detroit (CCD), discusses the history of Detroit, and why she felt it was imperative to form an inclusive chorus.

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  • Encore Live: From Vienna

    Encore Live: From Vienna

    We are coming to you live from Vienna! In the first episode of Encore Live, Peter Ede discusses day-to-day life in Vienna with Herbert Konrad and Theresa Konrad-Karstens.

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  • Virtual Director's Exchange - Episode 3 (Ft. David Grandis and Arnaud Schotte)

    Virtual Director's Exchange - Episode 3 (Ft. David Grandis and Arnaud Schotte)

    In the third episode of our Virtual Director's Exchange, David, Arnaud, and Sabrina discuss the current situation in France and identify some of the best performance venues for future trips.

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  • Virtual Director's Exchange - Episode 2 (Ft. Ian Keatley and Sean Boulware)

    Virtual Director's Exchange - Episode 2 (Ft. Ian Keatley and Sean Boulware)

    In the second episode of Encore's Virtual Director's Exchange, we discuss how music directors can stay prepared during the lockdown with Ian Keatley (England) and Sean Boulware (USA).

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  • J.D. Frizzell on How To Make a Virtual Choir Video

    J.D. Frizzell on How To Make a Virtual Choir Video

    J.D. Frizzell, the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest Christian School, discusses how to make a virtual choir video and what everybody should know before getting started.

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  • Virtual Director's Exchange - Episode 1 (Ft. Gerald Wirth and Suzanne Woodruff)

    Virtual Director's Exchange - Episode 1 (Ft. Gerald Wirth and Suzanne Woodruff)

    In the first episode of Encore's Virtual Director's Exchange, we discuss the new normal with Gerald Wirth of the Vienna Boys Choir, and Suzanne Woodruff of Woodward Academy.

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  • Virtual Tourism: Experience England, France, and Italy

    Virtual Tourism: Experience England, France, and Italy

    We may be stuck inside right now, but eventually travel will return. Until then, check out these virtual tourism resources and explore some of the world's most musically significant destinations.

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  • Maintaining Creativity in a Distance Learning Environment

    Maintaining Creativity in a Distance Learning Environment

    Erick Crow, the Director of Choral Activities and Drama at Cardinal Gibbons High School, explains how educators can be productive and maintain creativity in a distance learning environment.

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