It’s official! Travel is back, and we couldn’t be more excited. Back in November, Encore hosted Prelude — our annual professional development weekend for ensemble directors, which takes place each year in a musically significant international destination. This event took place in Budapest, Hungary and included an organ concert at Matthias Church, a private event at the Liszt Academy, an evening concert by the St. Istvan Philharmonic Orchestra in the Grand Hall, a guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament building, an equestrian show at Lazar Equestrian Park, visits to concert venues for touring ensembles, and so much more.
It was amazing to rekindle relationships with our fabulous directors in a country with such a rich musical heritage. Encore staff, directors, and their guests came home reinvigorated and inspired by this wonderful weekend as we all looked forward to our next adventure. Last month, those adventures began again in earnest with David Hamilton and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities leading the way. Traveling with their orchestra, choir, brass and humanities groups, the school enjoyed five wonderful concerts in Italy including performances in Venice, Florence and Rome.
With new safety protocols in place and peace of mind policies like our Worry-Free guarantee, this is the perfect time to start planning your next tour! We have all been missing the bonds formed through travel, and we can’t wait to see you back on the road! In the meantime, we have groups slated to travel throughout the year, so be sure to follow @encoretours on Instagram to see real-time updates from our overseas groups!
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