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Writing Captivating Biographies for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit
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What is the Role of an Encore Group Leader?
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The 5 Essentials of Your Ensemble’s Press Kit
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Band Director Tips: Know Your Community
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Fundraising and Promoting Your Band Trip
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Lesson Plan 11: Responding, Select – Teaching the Core Music Standards
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What is the Role of an Encore Tour Manager?
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Little Known Repertoire for Orchestras: Elgar Symphony No. 1
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The Undeniable Benefits of Band, Orchestra and Choir Trips
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The Important Victories: Making Music and Enjoying It

Writing Captivating Biographies for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In the new eBook “Creating the Perfect Press Kit for Your Ensemble,” we discuss how to write captivating biographies. The two essential biographies needed in a press kit are: director biography and ensemble biography. The templates below provide a starting point: Director/Accompanist Biography Template: Title of position Number of years in position Education & training background Certifications Nominations & awards Recordings Compositions Publications Quotes from local news sources Other positions held Story of musical[…]

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What is the Role of an Encore Group Leader?

  What is an Encore Group Leader? The Encore Group Leader is the designated person who is leading the international performance tour. Usually the Group Leader is the director of the touring ensemble or an assistant designated to put the touring arrangements together. Encore Group Leaders assume basic responsibility for the following: Preparing their group for the trip Providing supervision, leadership and discipline on the trip (student groups) Handling emergency situations As group leader, you already provide supervision and counseling to your participants, whether they are students, family or adults. This article is designed to assist you in the application of your[…]

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The 5 Essentials of Your Ensemble’s Press Kit

Whether it is for local concert promotions, touring overseas, or just posting on your website, a well-constructed press kit can be an invaluable tool for raising the profile of your ensemble. In the new eBook “Creating the Perfect Press Kit for Your Ensemble,” we discuss the five essentials every press kit should have. What Should My Press Kit Contain? The following biographies (if applicable) Director Bio Ensemble Bio Assistant Director Bio Accompanist(s) Bio Soloist(s) Bio High Resolution Photos Of each director Of the ensemble Logo (if available) Recent Recordings Sample Repertoire Press Releases & Quotes Step 1: Write Captivating Biographies Your goal is[…]

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Band Director Tips: Know Your Community

  Know Your Community Steve Acciani has been a band director for almost 30 years and runs one of the top programs in the country at Diamond Bar High School in southern California.  He’s learned a few things along the way and one of his best pieces of advice to fellow music educators is to know your community. Diamond Bar, a mid-size suburb about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, has changed a lot since Acciani first started teaching in the school district in the late 1980s. Today, it has a high Asian population which makes up almost 70% of Diamond Bar’s student[…]

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Fundraising and Promoting Your Band Trip

Fundraising: The Necessary Evil of Band Trips An essential part of planning a successful student travel opportunity is fundraising and promoting your band trip. Fundraising is often referred to as the necessary evil of travel! Here are some suggestions to make the process less stressful and more successful: Select a fundraising chairperson to organize a committee and schedule appropriate projects that will coincide with your trip payment schedule. Choose projects that your students, their parents and your community can get excited about and whose sales will provide a good profit margin for the students. For each project assign a person to[…]

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Lesson Plan 11: Responding, Select – Teaching the Core Music Standards

  STANDARD: MU:Re7.1.E.Ia Apply criteria to select music for specified purposes, supporting choices by citing characteristics found in the music and connections to interest, purpose, and context. TEACHERS: Create a mock situation for your students. Choose a time period, ensemble type, composer, city, specific event and venue (preferably of a place you are visiting overseas). Ask your students to write down their criteria for selecting music based on this situation. EXAMPLE SITUATION: A group is performing during Lent at the Salzburg Dom during Mass. STUDENTS: Based on the given situation, which criteria might one think about before choosing pieces to perform at Mass? Explain why this criteria was[…]

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What is the Role of an Encore Tour Manager?

You’ve just received your first quote for an international performance trip from Encore Tours. You notice in the inclusions a line item: “Encore Tour Manager”. And you wonder… what is a tour manager anyway? What is an Encore Tour Manager? An Encore Tour Manager is a highly-qualified Encore representative who is with you on your performance trip from start to finish. Most Encore Tour Managers are energetic multilingual Europeans or nationals. Over the years, we’ve employed university professors, film directors, journalists, musicians, business professionals and other creative achievers. Each of them is well-traveled and well-versed on every aspect of your itinerary. The tour manager is responsible[…]

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Little Known Repertoire for Orchestras: Elgar Symphony No. 1

Looking for a fantastic, but relatively unknown piece to perform with your orchestra? Consider Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major. Rarely heard in the United States, I recently had the privilege of enjoying this underappreciated masterpiece under the baton of Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Symphony No. 1 is one of two symphonies written by British composer Elgar and was an unqualified success when it premiered in England in 1908. As the story goes, at the first performance the audience burst into applause at the end of the gorgeous 2nd movement[…]

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The Undeniable Benefits of Band, Orchestra and Choir Trips

As a choir director and employee at Encore Tours, I can say without a doubt that every traveling ensemble undergoes a transformation at the end of the tour that enhances their music program on both a group and individual level. Touring gives ensembles a sense of purpose and is an added incentive for being a part of the group. Band, orchestra and choir trips are not only beneficial for our musicians, but also for ourselves, as directors, as we are continually learning new repertoire, new techniques and directing skills to bring back to the classroom. Grow Your Program Touring is[…]

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The Important Victories: Making Music and Enjoying It

School has been out for about a week. As I write, I’m sitting in a coffee shop drinking an americano at 6:00 pm on a weeknight (since I don’t have to wake up at an ungodly hour of the morning!). Reality still hasn’t set in that I made it through my entire first year without any serious thoughts of quitting or meltdowns (none from me anyway). That in itself is a victory for a first-time teacher! Here’s a recap of the main events since my last post: The spring concert was on May 24th. Overall, I would call it a success. No[…]

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