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Meet the New Regional Manager for Encore Band Tours: Jon Linker
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34 Reasons Why Your Ensemble Should Travel
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Funding Your Music Program in Under 1 Hour
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The Truth Behind Vienna’s Famous Sachertorte (and other Austrian dishes)!
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How to Plan a Musical Mission Tour in 5 Steps (For Church Choirs)
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6 Universal Truths on Motivating Musicians to Practice
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Summer Reading: 3 Compelling Books for the Music Teacher
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Truly Poetic: A Touring Story by St. Anthony’s High School Choir, New York
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A Performance Tour Collaboration with the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
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Sing-Alongs at the Temple of Heaven

Meet the New Regional Manager for Encore Band Tours: Jon Linker

Get to know our  Encore Staff, passionate and well-traveled individuals who work hard to make your Encore Tours experience truly unforgettable. Today we’re happy to introduce you to our new staff member – Jon Linker, Regional Manager, Bands. Jon comes to Encore Tours after 20 years as a professional trumpet player and operations coordinator in the United States Air Force bands. Jon will be working with new band directors to help customize their next Encore band tour! Jon, why don’t you start off by telling us a bit about yourself? I grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota. When I was in 6th grade,[…]

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34 Reasons Why Your Ensemble Should Travel

We know music is important. And we know travel changes lives. But what can music and travel do together? Build ensemble and director reputation in community Gain community/administrative support of ensemble Boost recruitment numbers Enhance fundraising efforts Give ensemble a sense of purpose Improve member retention Provide extra incentive for members to do well throughout the concert season Explore exciting musical destinations and immerse yourself in the history, art and culture Participate in cultural exchanges that help you grow individually and musically Enhance musical abilities utilizing external cultural influences Perform in the world’s most fascinating, renowned, and unique venues Add overseas performances, workshops,[…]

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Funding Your Music Program in Under 1 Hour

Bake sales? Car washes?! As music teachers, we try to focus all of our time and energy just on teaching the music. But, we are often bombarded with additional responsibilities such as organizational structure and finances of our music programs. Fundraising, while necessary, can also be time-consuming for the music teacher. These simple ideas can raise funds in a flash, keep your planning time under an hour and leave you with extra time to focus on the music! Register Your Music Program on Amazon Smile Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon except they donate .5% the price of eligible purchased items[…]

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The Truth Behind Vienna’s Famous Sachertorte (and other Austrian dishes)!

I have arrived in my favorite European city, Vienna, the classical music capital of the world; you could even say the cake and pastry capital of the world! I am here to meet my Encore group, International Voices Houston who begin their international music tour here. What better place to start a choir tour to Europe than this wonderful, elegant, musical city, once the center of the huge Hapsburg Empire. On our first evening we had dinner at a local restaurant which featured Vienna’s specialty dish – Wiener Schnitzel. Also known as the “Emperor’s dish”, this meal has a fine history behind it[…]

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How to Plan a Musical Mission Tour in 5 Steps (For Church Choirs)

Musical mission tours are an important part of transforming cultures and societies throughout the world. Your combined love for music and the church gives you a unique message to share with others and we want to help make your tour as successful as possible. Here are 5 tips to help get you started on planning your musical mission tour. Step 1: Think about your mission and your goals Before you decide to travel, it is important to sit down with your church members and identify your main goals for your musical mission tour. By answering these simple questions with your group, you’ll be[…]

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6 Universal Truths on Motivating Musicians to Practice

Every ensemble director faces this universal challenge: motivating musicians to practice. In the search for answers, Encore Tours and 70 music directors set sail to the Boston Harbor on May 17th for a three hour Etude Symposium on “Motivating Musicians to Practice”. The symposium was led by four expert presenters in the field of music education: Dr. Carolyn Watson, Orchestra Director at Interlochen Arts Academy Jared Cassedy, 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award recipient Gerald Dolan, Director of Fine Arts for Ipswich, MA Schools Robert Franzblau, Associate Professor of Music at Rhode Island College and author of “So You Want To Be A Music Major“ While each presenter had[…]

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Summer Reading: 3 Compelling Books for the Music Teacher

Hang in there, the school year is almost over! As summer quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about all the things you’re going to check off your to-do list. Maybe those things include a nice long massage, hanging in the park with your family or even putting together next year’s lesson plans (you know who you are). But, if you’re planning to do some summer reading, we have a few suggestions for you. These three books are compelling, easy to read and cover a lot of ground. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did! So You[…]

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Truly Poetic: A Touring Story by St. Anthony’s High School Choir, New York

Earlier this year, St. Anthony’s High School Choir from South Huntington, NY enjoyed an epic 10 day tour of Italy with Encore Tours where they performed for the Pope, dined on delicious Italian cuisine and made a lifetime of memories. Upon their return, I interviewed Group Leader Brother Joshua DiMauro for the inside scoop: Me: What was your most cultural meal? Brother Joshua: Il Frantoio in Assisi. The delicious homemade pasta with sausage, mushrooms and chef’s special cream sauce just barely outdoes the magnificent setting of the restaurant set in medieval Assisi overlooking the lush Umbrian countryside. The wait staff is typically Italian[…]

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A Performance Tour Collaboration with the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities

This spring  The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities took the world stage on their performance tour of Central Europe. While I worked behind-the-scenes on the tour’s logistics, it was the institution itself that made the magic and overall success of the tour come to fruition. The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts is a public, residential high school located in Greenville, South Carolina, which offers complete arts and academic curricula for gifted students from across the state. It was an absolute pleasure to work with their staff (Dr. David Rhyne, Dr. David L. Hamilton, and Dr. Stephen Taylor)[…]

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Sing-Alongs at the Temple of Heaven

Traveling to China was quite an amazing, if not slightly surreal, experience for me. While I’ve done my fair bit of traveling solo in the past 10 years, it has always been to places that are somewhat within my comfort zone. I could look forward to exploring new yet familiar foods, recognizable languages and signage, known cultural customs, and currency that was easy to calculate. Taking a step outside the box – or maybe a bit of a leap – by booking a last minute inspection trip to China by myself pushed me in ways I’d never expected, and I’m[…]

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