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  • 5 Pieces of Valuable New Job Advice for Music Directors

    5 Pieces of Valuable New Job Advice for Music Directors

    You got a new music director job - congrats! This can be an exciting, but also tumultuous, time in your life and career. Read our top pieces of advice for music directors starting a new job.

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  • Arrange Music for Your Next Tour with Ease: A ‘How To’ Guide to Noteflight

    Arrange Music for Your Next Tour with Ease: A ‘How To’ Guide to Noteflight

    Noteflight is a music writing application that lets you create, view, print, and hear music notation online. Find out how to use Noteflight to arrange music for your next performance tour.

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  • Musical Celebrations Around the World - Music in Our Schools Month

    Musical Celebrations Around the World - Music in Our Schools Month

    Music in Our Schools Month is a celebration led by the National Association for Music Education that engages music educators, students, and communities in showing the value of music education.

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  • 10 Things Music Teachers Can Do to Take Advantage of Snow Days

    10 Things Music Teachers Can Do to Take Advantage of Snow Days

    Winter weather can be unpredictable and cause snow days where everyone stays home from school. Check out our tips on how music teachers can make the most out of snow days!

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  • Traveling With Disabilities: Tips for Group Leaders and Passengers

    Traveling With Disabilities: Tips for Group Leaders and Passengers

    Going on an overseas performance tour or school trip soon and worried about the technicalities of traveling with a disability? Here are a few tips to help you prepare!

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  • Prelude 2019 in Review

    Prelude 2019 in Review

    A recap of Prelude 2019 in beautiful Milan, Italy. Music directors had a wonderful weekend full of musical events, cultural immersions, and professional development opportunities.

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  • ACDA National Conference 2019

    ACDA National Conference 2019

    Stop by the Encore booth at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 2019 Conference in Kansas City!

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  • Singing Valentines: How to Raise Money for Your Music Program

    Singing Valentines: How to Raise Money for Your Music Program

    Singing Valentines can be a great way to combat stage fright, work on team building, and raise money for your music program. Read our blog on how to create a successful Singing Valentine fundraiser.

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  • 4 International Themes for your Valentine’s Day Performance Tour Recruitment Meeting

    4 International Themes for your Valentine’s Day Performance Tour Recruitment Meeting

    Valentine's Day is an excellent day to announce that you'll be going on a life-changing performance tour. Read our tips for throwing a V-Day party based on your international destination!

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  • Encore Tours 2019 FAM Trip for Music Directors

    Encore Tours 2019 FAM Trip for Music Directors

    June 5 - 11, 2019, Encore will be taking a group of Music Directors on a Familiarization (FAM) Trip to Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Read the blog to find out how you can attend!

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  • Musical Celebrations Around the World - World Opera Day

    Musical Celebrations Around the World - World Opera Day

    Celebrate one of the world's greatest and most widely-known art forms on World Opera Day! Read our blog for ideas on opera activities and how to celebrate with your musicians.

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  • Encore Tours' 2018 in Review

    Encore Tours' 2018 in Review

    January is a great time for reflection on the year past, so we're reviewing highlights of Encore Tours' 2018!

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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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