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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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  • 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 Band Tour

    How to Program Music for Your Band Tour

    High school band director and Encore Group Leader, Lauren Haley, shares her top tips on how to program music for an upcoming band 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 passenger wrote to us after she returned from her choir tour and sang Encore Tours' praises! Read what she had to say about her exceptional choir 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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  • 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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