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  • Musical Celebrations Around the World - Thaipusam

    Musical Celebrations Around the World - Thaipusam

    Learn how music, dance, and traditional instruments are used during Thaipusam, the Tamil festival celebrated in Malaysia, Singapore, and other Southeast Asian countries.

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  • 25 Tips for Musicians and Directors to Combat Holiday Concert Season Stress

    25 Tips for Musicians and Directors to Combat Holiday Concert Season Stress

    The winter months can be a stressful time of year with seemingly endless holiday concerts and other obligations. Read our tips to stay healthy and happy during this holiday concert season!

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  • 2019 Calendar - Musical Celebrations Around the World

    2019 Calendar - Musical Celebrations Around the World

    Our 2019 Calendar of Musical Celebrations Around the World will fill your rehearsal space or classroom with a different cultural adventure through music each moth! Download your free calendar now!

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  • Three Gifts: How to Make the Most of the Holiday Performance Season

    Three Gifts: How to Make the Most of the Holiday Performance Season

    This time of year can be challenging for music directors balancing rehearsals and performances, but it also comes with many opportunities. Check out our tips to make the most of the holiday season!

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  • 10 Music Organizations to Support this Holiday Season

    10 Music Organizations to Support this Holiday Season

    If you're looking for some inspiring organizations working to spread opportunities for all in music, look no further! Read our blog to learn about the work these incredible organizations are doing.

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  • [QUIZ] Which Destination is Best for Your Ensemble?

    [QUIZ] Which Destination is Best for Your Ensemble?

    Take our practical and fun quiz to find out what destination would be best for your ensemble to travel to on your next band, choir, or orchestra performance tour!

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  • Announcing the Winners of the 2018 #MoreEncore Passenger Photo Contest

    Announcing the Winners of the 2018 #MoreEncore Passenger Photo Contest

    Check out the amazing photos chosen as winners of the 2018 #MoreEncore photo contest!

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  • The Secret to Gaining Your Administration’s Approval for a Performance Tour

    The Secret to Gaining Your Administration’s Approval for a Performance Tour

    If you need your administration's approval before taking your musicians on a performance tour, have no fear! Read our blog post for the secret to gaining administrator's approval for your tour.

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  • Kate’s Performance Tour to China & Japan: A trip that set a path for life

    Kate’s Performance Tour to China & Japan: A trip that set a path for life

    When Kate embarked on an overseas tour to China & Japan with her college wind ensemble, she knew she was in for a trip of a lifetime. She didn't know then that it would set her on a path for life.

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  • 6 Spooky Destinations Around the World

    6 Spooky Destinations Around the World

    Spooky spaces, creepy places, and perhaps...haunted destinations! We've compiled a list of 6 spooky destinations around the world to celebrate Halloween!

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  • Church Choir Performance Tours: Singing and Spreading the Word to the World

    Church Choir Performance Tours: Singing and Spreading the Word to the World

    Singing in sacred spaces, coming together as an ensemble, and exploring religious heritage. These are just a few reasons to perform with your church choir on an Encore international performance tour.

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  • 5 Tips for Young Music Teachers on Motivating Students

    5 Tips for Young Music Teachers on Motivating Students

    Need help getting students to practice or to stay off their cellphones during rehearsal? Band Director Lauren Haley offers five tips to help new or young music teachers motivate their students.

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  • Experience an Encore Performance Tour [VIDEO]

    Experience an Encore Performance Tour [VIDEO]

    Ever wondered what it's like to travel to new places and perform on the world stage? Check out this amazing video made by an Encore Tours passenger to find out!

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Eastern Europe

    Taking Your Ensemble to Eastern Europe

    With historic cities, a rich musical heritage, and spectacular performance venues, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic are well worth a visit with your ensemble!

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  • How to Program Music for Your Performance Tour

    How to Program Music for Your Performance Tour

    High school band director and Encore Group Leader, Lauren Haley, shares her top tips for her fellow band, choir, and orchestra directors on how to program music for an upcoming performance tour.

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  • CodaBow’s 25 Bows for 25 Kids Giveaway: Empowering Young Musicians

    CodaBow’s 25 Bows for 25 Kids Giveaway: Empowering Young Musicians

    CodaBow is celebrating their 25th anniversary by giving away 25 bows to 25 young string players in need. Find out how to nominate a young string player in your life!

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  • Meet Moll - New Encore Tours International Program Coordinator

    Meet Moll - New Encore Tours International Program Coordinator

    Meet Moll, Encore Tours' new International Program Coordinator!

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  • Passenger Letter: Exceptional Choir Tour to Ireland

    Passenger Letter: Exceptional Choir Tour to Ireland

    One chorister wrote to us after she returned from her choir tour and sang Encore Tours' praises! Read what she had to say about her exceptional music performance tour to Ireland.

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  • Room for Everyone: Housing Transgender Musicians on Tour

    Room for Everyone: Housing Transgender Musicians on Tour

    Erik Peregrine shares his top six suggestions for ensuring your transgender ensemble members have a safe, comfortable housing situation as part of a successful and enjoyable music tour.

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  • [QUIZ] Which Country Should You Travel to With Your Ensemble?

    [QUIZ] Which Country Should You Travel to With Your Ensemble?

    You know that you want to embark on an international performance tour with your band, choir, or orchestra—but where to? Take our quiz to find the perfect destination for your performance trip!

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