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  • 5 Songs for Summer Vacation

    5 Songs for Summer Vacation

    Need some music recommendations for the "Summer Nights" and "Sunny Afternoons" of summer vacation? We've got you covered.

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  • Making Travel More Accessible to All: Announcing Encore’s Personal Fundraising Pages

    Making Travel More Accessible to All: Announcing Encore’s Personal Fundraising Pages

    Encore’s new personal fundraising pages gives passengers the tools they need to raise funds for their performance tour from family, friends, and their personal networks.

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  • When Your Organist Isn't Who You Expected

    When Your Organist Isn't Who You Expected

    Not all organists are the same and they don't always fit the mold you expect them to. Hear from Kaitlynn, a young organist and church musician who loves her work and shattering expectations.

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  • Meet Scholarship Recipient Spencer Meneghini

    Meet Scholarship Recipient Spencer Meneghini

    Encre Tours is dedicated to supporting current and future music educators. This year, we're supporting Spencer, recipient of the 2018 Sacksman Family/Encore Performance Tours Scholarship!

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  • Talk Organs and Touring with Ed Maki-Schramm at the 2018 AGO Convention

    Talk Organs and Touring with Ed Maki-Schramm at the 2018 AGO Convention

    Join Dr. Ed Maki-Schramm at this year's American Guild of Organists Convention in Kansas City and learn about our upcoming Organ Tour to Paris!

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  • Fundraising Opportunities for Music Teachers: Simple Ways to Fund Your Tour

    Fundraising Opportunities for Music Teachers: Simple Ways to Fund Your Tour

    We'll help you come up with some great ideas for how you can raise money and host a successful fundraiser for your school band, choir, or orchestra trip.

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  • Infographic | Encore Tours' Safety and Security

    Infographic | Encore Tours' Safety and Security

    Worldwide support, 24/7 access to the Encore Tours team, medical and financial security, and more! Find out what steps Encore Tours takes to keep your passengers safe on your music tour.

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  • Meet Yuri - New Encore Tours Intern!

    Meet Yuri - New Encore Tours Intern!

    Meet Yuri, a new member of the Encore Tours team!

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  • Meet Solomiya - New Encore Tours Intern!

    Meet Solomiya - New Encore Tours Intern!

    Meet Solomiya, a former Encore Tours performer and passenger and now a new Encore Tours Intern!

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  • What's Included on an International Encore Tour?

    What's Included on an International Encore Tour?

    Fully customized itineraries, hand-picked performance venues, expert Tour Managers, and more! Discover all that is included on a band, choir, or orchestra trip with Encore Tours.

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  • Performance Tour Spotlight: Lebanon High School Band in Ireland

    Performance Tour Spotlight: Lebanon High School Band in Ireland

    The Lebanon High School Band performed to packed houses on their first international tour to Ireland.

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  • #WhyEncore: Highlighting Why Music Directors Choose Encore Tours

    #WhyEncore: Highlighting Why Music Directors Choose Encore Tours

    Follow our latest campaign, #WhyEncore, to discover why music directors choose Encore Tours to lead their band, choir, and orchestra tours!

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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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