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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: 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

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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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  • How To Host A Virtual Fundraising Event

    How To Host A Virtual Fundraising Event

    Learn how to host a virtual fundraiser for your ensemble, and check out some of our favorite ideas for fundraising events.

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  • Using Google Classroom To Teach Music

    Using Google Classroom To Teach Music

    Patrick Munson, the Director of Music at Belfast Area High School and a former Encore Tours Group Leader, explains how Google Classroom can be used to teach remote music classes.

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  • The 12 Best Videos From The Acapella App

    The 12 Best Videos From The Acapella App

    Looking for inspiration while you're stuck at home? Check out our list of the 12 best videos from the Acapella App!

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  • The 10 Best TED Talks About Music

    The 10 Best TED Talks About Music

    Whether you're looking for knowledge, humor, or inspiration, our list of the 10 best TED Talks about music has something for everybody.

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  • A Message from Encore's President

    A Message from Encore's President

    A message from Encore President, Peter Jones, regarding the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impacts on the travel community.

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  • Useful Music Education Software and Tools

    Useful Music Education Software and Tools

    With musicians and students across the country working remotely and dealing with home education, we wanted to provide some of the most useful online tools and software.

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