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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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  • 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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