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Prepare Recordings for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit
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Taking Engaging Photos for Your Ensemble’s Press Kit
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In the Footsteps of Bach: A Tour for Organists
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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?

Prepare Recordings 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 prepare recordings for your press kit. Recording at a Studio Recording studios cost money so it’s important to have a good look at your budget and leave plenty of time to plan. Prior to going to the studio, there are a few things to plan ahead of time: Research. Research the recording studio’s staff biographies to guage[…]

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Taking Engaging Photos 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 take engaging photos for your press kit. Who Needs a Photo in the Press Kit? Everyone. All directors, soloists, accompanists, executive directors and the ensemble itself should have a high-quality photo in the press kit. Do I Need a Professional Photographer? A professional photographer is always great, but not absolutely necessary. Find someone with good aim, a nice[…]

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In the Footsteps of Bach: A Tour for Organists

Hello and welcome as plans are underway to commemorate the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation.  2017 will be a celebratory year in many ways. The life and work of the influential Martin Luther will be the main focus but as organists and music directors, we have the opportunity to focus on the Reformation’s influence on music, especially in the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). I hope you will join us on a historic organ tour focused on the incredible life of J.S. Bach as we journey through beautiful Germany. We’ll make our way from Lubeck, to Leipzig, and then[…]

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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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