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  • Wales: Musical Performance in the Land of Dragons

    Wales: Musical Performance in the Land of Dragons

    Who wouldn't want to perform in the Land of Dragons?! Learn about the rich musical heritage of Wales and find out what performance opportunities exist for your ensemble!

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  • #BecauseOfArtsEd - Susi's Story

    #BecauseOfArtsEd - Susi's Story

    Encore Tours employee, Susi Ecker, shares her #BecauseOfArtsEd story for National Arts in Education Week!

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  • National Arts in Education Week 2017!

    National Arts in Education Week 2017!

    Encore Tours celebrates National Arts Education Week 2017

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  • 7 Tips to Make Your Choir Inclusive of Gender Diversity

    7 Tips to Make Your Choir Inclusive of Gender Diversity

    Guest blogger Dr. Joshua Palkki shares important steps choral educators can take to make their choirs inclusive of gender diversity.

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  • Cultural Ambassadors on Performance Tours: How to come together through music

    Cultural Ambassadors on Performance Tours: How to come together through music

    Encore Tours Director Diane Linn shares her experiences with cultural ambassadorship on performance tours - complete with example letters!

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  • Benefit Concerts for Hurricane Harvey Victims & How You Can Help

    Benefit Concerts for Hurricane Harvey Victims & How You Can Help

    Musicians across the country are using their talents to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey victims with benefit concerts. Read for concert info, artistic response tips, and to find out how you can help.

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  • 500+ Facebook Likes!

    500+ Facebook Likes!

    Encore Tours celebrates our 500+ Facebook followers!

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  • Director Spotlight: Laurel Talley - First trip fears no more!

    Director Spotlight: Laurel Talley - First trip fears no more!

    Orchestra director Laurel Talley talks about her apprehensions before leading her first international performance tour and how traveling with Encore gave her confidence to lead future trips!

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  • QUIZ - Which international performance destination is perfect for you?

    QUIZ - Which international performance destination is perfect for you?

    Take our 8-question quiz to determine which fabulous travel destination would be best for you and your ensemble!

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  • How Choirs Can Work with Orchestras: From the viewpoint of the Executive Director

    How Choirs Can Work with Orchestras: From the viewpoint of the Executive Director

    Linda Moxley, Executive Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, continues the conversation from her Chorus America session and writes about her experience working with choirs and orchestras.

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  • Director Spotlight: Nathan Cohen - How to get the most out of your fundraisers

    Director Spotlight: Nathan Cohen - How to get the most out of your fundraisers

    Encore Tours Director Nathan Cohen shares tips on how to get the most out of fundraisers for your ensemble's performance tour.

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  • Chorus America Conference 2017 Recap

    Chorus America Conference 2017 Recap

    Ward Dilmore recaps his experiences at the 2017 Chorus America Conference in Los Angeles and announces future blogs based on sessions from the week!

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  • Irish Venues: Performing in the Emerald Isle

    Irish Venues: Performing in the Emerald Isle

    Explore the wealth of beautiful, historical and acoustic performance venues for your band, choir or orchestra in Ireland!

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  • Sun, Scenery and Standing-Room Only: An Encore Performance Tour to Italy

    Sun, Scenery and Standing-Room Only: An Encore Performance Tour to Italy

    The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra performs for standing-room only crowds on a performance tour to Italy. Read more about how to take your ensemble to new places!

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  • Prelude: International Travel Opportunity for Encore Tours Directors

    Prelude: International Travel Opportunity for Encore Tours Directors

    At Encore Tours, we are committed to supporting music education and music educators. That's why we offer benefits to our directors including Prelude, our free international networking weekend!

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  • How to Grow Recruitment and Ensure Retention in Your Strings Program

    How to Grow Recruitment and Ensure Retention in Your Strings Program

    The best things in life have strings attached! Ward Dilmore shares his time-tested methods for growing recruitment and ensuring retention in your strings program.

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  • Encore Tours Instagram Takeover - Maggie Goes to Italy!

    Encore Tours Instagram Takeover - Maggie Goes to Italy!

    Follow along as Tour Consultant Maggie Rodriguez documents her amazing 10 day trip through Italy! She'll be sharing shots of performance venues, amazing Italian food and culture & Encore performances.

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  • The Life and Travels of Franz Joseph Haydn

    The Life and Travels of Franz Joseph Haydn

    May 31st was the 208th anniversary of composer Franz Joseph Haydn's death. Haydn was an influential composer who traveled across Austria at a young age. Read about his travels in our latest blog!

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  • How to Build a Strong Beginner Strings Program

    How to Build a Strong Beginner Strings Program

    Encore Tours' latest free eBook "A Year in the Life of Beginner Strings" is an amazing resource for music educators wanting build a strong beginner strings program.

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  • Domestic Flights with your Music Ensemble: New USA Real ID Laws

    Domestic Flights with your Music Ensemble: New USA Real ID Laws

    Beginning January 22, 2018, rules around the types of IDs used to travel domestically will be changing. Stay in the know about what Identification your ensemble members needs to travel.

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