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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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  • 10 Inspirational Quotes About Music and Travel

    10 Inspirational Quotes About Music and Travel

    10 quotes to inspire your next choir, band, or orchestra trip!

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  • The "ETH" Word: Ethics of Gifts for Public School Music Directors

    The "ETH" Word: Ethics of Gifts for Public School Music Directors

    Breaking down the ethics of giving and receiving for public school music directors. What holiday alternatives exist for your music students?

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  • 15 Best Elf on the Shelf Music Memes

    15 Best Elf on the Shelf Music Memes

    Corn on a Horn, Paganini on a Panini, and more! These are our favorite "Elf on the Shelf" music memes.

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  • Peter's Music Picks: Long May You Run

    Peter's Music Picks: Long May You Run

    Peter's been getting into the holiday spirit and feeling nostalgic listening to Neil Young's "Long May You Run." Listen to the song and let us know what songs put you in a better mood.

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  • 10 Fabulous Pieces for High-Level Youth Orchestras - Part 2

    10 Fabulous Pieces for High-Level Youth Orchestras - Part 2

    Renowned conductor Dr. Carolyn Watson completes her list of top repertoire recommendations for high-level youth orchestras.

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  • 5 Ways to Support Music Education this Giving Tuesday

    5 Ways to Support Music Education this Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday is a day of global giving that takes place every November. Check out these five great ways to support music education in your community and across the U.S. this Giving Tuesday!

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  • 10 Things Orchestra Directors Can Be Thankful For

    10 Things Orchestra Directors Can Be Thankful For

    Players who bring pencils to rehearsals, having extra bows on hand, and more!

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  • Fundraising: Feedback and Freebies!

    Fundraising: Feedback and Freebies!

    Help Encore Tours learn more about music directors' fundraising needs and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! Download our free "Fundraising on a Major Scale" ebook for more fundraising ideas.

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  • Peter's Music Picks: The White Cliffs of Dover

    Peter's Music Picks: The White Cliffs of Dover

    Peter's been singing "The White Cliffs of Dover" this week. Learn how this song is related to Veterans and Remembrance Day, as well as what the red poppies worn across the UK at this time symbolize.

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  • Happy Halloween from Encore Tours

    Happy Halloween from Encore Tours

    Celebrate Halloween with Encore Tours by watching a video of Tour Manager Peter Ede's spooky music history story!

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  • 5 Great Travel Songs

    5 Great Travel Songs

    Have a long road ahead? Encore Tours can help you get started on your travel playlist!

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  • 10 Fabulous Pieces for High-Level Youth Orchestras - Part 1

    10 Fabulous Pieces for High-Level Youth Orchestras - Part 1

    Renowned conductor Dr. Carolyn Watson shares some of her top repertoire recommendations for high-level youth orchestras.

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  • Peter's Music Picks: Kickoff [VIDEO]

    Peter's Music Picks: Kickoff [VIDEO]

    Encore Tours President Peter Jones shares the story behind his love of music and discusses how important the work of music educators is. This video kicks off our blog series "Peter's Music Picks."

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