About the Author
As a native from Idaho, Maggie Rodriguez passion for travel is precisely what led her to Boston and her current role as Program Consultant for Encore Tours. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music History and Literature and currently performs with Chorus pro Musica.More Content by Maggie Rodriguez
Director Spotlight: Laurel Talley - First trip fears no more!
Orchestra director Laurel Talley talks about her apprehensions before leading her first international perfo...
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Prelude 2018: Music, Mozart, and Making Connections
A recap of Prelude 2018 in the birthplace of Mozart. Music Directors had a fantastic weekend full of site inspections, networking, and opportunities to improve their upcoming performance tours.
Encore Tours 2018 Scholarship Contest Winners: The World in Your World
Congratulations to the Encore Tours winners of our 2018 Scholarship Contest! Check out the creative and thoughtful winning entries.
Exclusive Offer for Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference Attendees
We have a fantastic, exclusive offer on a Canadian performance tour for MMEA attendees! Stop by the Encore Tours booth to learn more and sign up.
Basilica of Sts. John and Paul: Perform in the ancient, Italian basilica as part of its timeless history
The Basilica of Sts. John and Paul, or Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, is an ancient basilica in Venice, Italy with a long and rich history. It's a perfect setting for your next performance tour!
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.
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!
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?
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.
Boston: Our Musical City
Learn about how this New England city - the home of Encore Tours - has influenced music history.
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.
Yankee Swap vs. White Elephant
What is the difference between a Yankee Swap and a White Elephant gift exchange? Read to find out!
10 Inspirational Quotes About Music and Travel
10 quotes to inspire your next choir, band, or orchestra trip!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
10 Things Orchestra Directors Can Be Thankful For
Players who bring pencils to rehearsals, having extra bows on hand, and more!
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.
Peter's Music Picks: The White Cliffs of Dover