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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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  • Teacher Appreciation Week 2017: How Music Teachers Impact Our Lives

    Teacher Appreciation Week 2017: How Music Teachers Impact Our Lives

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Encore Tours staff share how music teachers have impacted their lives and why music teachers and music education are vitally important.

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  • Top 10 Relaxing Songs to Listen to While Traveling

    Top 10 Relaxing Songs to Listen to While Traveling

    Encore Tours guest-blogger Max Petot shares his top 10 relaxing songs to listen to while traveling.

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  • 8 Tips for Leading a High School Band and Choir Trip as a First-Year Music Teacher

    8 Tips for Leading a High School Band and Choir Trip as a First-Year Music Teacher

    Guest-blogger and first-year music teacher Mollie Emerson reveals her top 8 tips for leading a high school band and choir trip for the first time.

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  • Keeping Your Music Students Engaged at the End of the Year

    Keeping Your Music Students Engaged at the End of the Year

    Download Encore Tours and BandDirectorsTalkShop.com's free handout with games, top tips and activities to keep your music students engaged at the end of the year!

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  • Learning to Fly: Rules and Regulations of Flying with your Instrument

    Learning to Fly: Rules and Regulations of Flying with your Instrument

    There's no faster way to ruin an overseas tour than to have your instrument held up at the airport! Read about the rules and regulations of flying with your musical instrument.

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  • Arts Matter Advocacy Day 2017 Encore Tours Recap

    Arts Matter Advocacy Day 2017 Encore Tours Recap

    On March 28th, 2017, Encore Tours participated in Arts Matter Advocacy Day in Boston. Read the blog for more about the experience!

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  • Arts Advocacy for Music Educators - Importance and Resources

    Arts Advocacy for Music Educators - Importance and Resources

    Arts Advocacy is extremely important for Music Educators to take part in at all levels - from school boards to national legislation. Read for resources and tips to become an effective arts advocate!

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  • NEW Rewards Program for Directors: Graduate Level Professional Development Credits for Recertification

    NEW Rewards Program for Directors: Graduate Level Professional Development Credits for Recertification

    Encore Tours announces its newest rewards program for Directors, Graduate Level Professional Development Credits for Recertification!

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    Taking Your Ensemble to Costa Rica

    A peaceful, green jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers a safe, exciting and economical destination for your next international performance tour

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  • Taking Your Ensemble to the Baltics

    Taking Your Ensemble to the Baltics

    Take the road less traveled for your next – or first – European performance tour. Discover the Baltic States of Latvia and Estonia, long considered as hidden treasures of Europe.

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  • The Marriage Between High School & Middle School Band

    The Marriage Between High School & Middle School Band

    North Carolina music educators Todd and Katie Ebert talk about the importance of middle and high school band directors working together.

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  • Group Travel Videos: A Lasting Travel Souvenir

    Group Travel Videos: A Lasting Travel Souvenir

    Encore Tours partners with Group Travel Videos to provide a digital video souvenir for every traveling passenger and organization. Find out more about how to obtain your tour video!

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  • 29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    29+ Free Organizational Tools for Managing Your Ensemble

    A list of 29+ free organizational tools for managing your ensemble's day-to-day operations.

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  • The 6 Legal Rights of Copyright Holders as Explained by Abbie Betinis

    The 6 Legal Rights of Copyright Holders as Explained by Abbie Betinis

    Composer Abbie Betinis reviews permissions and licensing information for choral copyright holders in a recent Chorus America Webinar. This is a summary of the six legal rights of copyright holders.

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  • Top 10 Travel Tips for Your Encore Tour

    Top 10 Travel Tips for Your Encore Tour

    Featuring the top 10 travel tips for your Encore tour.

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