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  • 15 Snapchats Band Directors Send Towards the End of the School Year

    15 Snapchats Band Directors Send Towards the End of the School Year

    The end of the year can be a stressful time for band directors. These snapchats at least provide a laugh amidst the chaos. Hang in there!

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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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  • Planning Church Music After Easter

    Planning Church Music After Easter

    Even though Easter is over, there is still much music preparation to do! Check out our resources to help church musicians plan throughout the liturgical year.

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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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  • Prelude 2018: Music, Mozart, and Making Connections

    Prelude 2018: Music, Mozart, and Making Connections

    A recap of Prelude 2018 in the birthplace of Mozart. Music Directors had a fantastic weekend full of site inspections, networking, and opportunities to improve their upcoming performance tours.

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  • Encore Tours 2018 Scholarship Contest Winners: The World in Your World

    Encore Tours 2018 Scholarship Contest Winners: The World in Your World

    Congratulations to the Encore Tours winners of our 2018 Scholarship Contest! Check out the creative and thoughtful winning entries.

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  • Exclusive Offer for Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference Attendees

    Exclusive Offer for Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference Attendees

    We have a fantastic, exclusive offer on a Canadian performance tour for MMEA attendees! Stop by the Encore Tours booth to learn more and sign up.

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  • 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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  • Why Music Directors Choose Encore – Don't take our word for it!

    Why Music Directors Choose Encore – Don't take our word for it!

    Whose opinion do you trust most? Your fellow music directors, of course! Read why directors believe that touring is important and why they choose Encore to take their ensemble to new places.

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  • Terme Tettuccio: Picturesque Venue for Orchestra Tours in Montecatini, Italy

    Terme Tettuccio: Picturesque Venue for Orchestra Tours in Montecatini, Italy

    Terme Tettuccio, a hidden gem in the Tuscan region of Italy, is perfect for Orchestras and Bands! Learn more about this picturesque venue and how to perform there on your next tour!

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  • Peter's Music Picks: New York State of Mind

    Peter's Music Picks: New York State of Mind

    Peter recently traveled across the Atlantic from New York and is in a New York State of Mind. Peter says this song makes him feel at home. What song or piece of music makes you feel that way?

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  • Site Inspection: High School Jazz Band in Japan

    Site Inspection: High School Jazz Band in Japan

    Ancient temples, modern cities, and high school jazz bands - all this and more come together in Japan! Check out one Band Director's site inspection to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka.

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  • Boston: Our Musical City

    Boston: Our Musical City

    Learn about how this New England city - the home of Encore Tours - has influenced music history.

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  • Site Inspection: Germany and the Netherlands

    Site Inspection: Germany and the Netherlands

    Encore Tours offers site inspections to directors who want to experience the country and venues they'll be performing in on their choir, band, or orchestra tours.

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  • Yankee Swap vs. White Elephant

    Yankee Swap vs. White Elephant

    What is the difference between a Yankee Swap and a White Elephant gift exchange? Read to find out!

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