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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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)[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
Each year Encore Tours sponsors the Walk for Music & the Arts helping raise funds for music/arts non-profit organizations in the Greater Boston area. Check out our photo gallery from this year’s event!
Encore Tours is a proud sponsor of the walk and we are committed to giving back to music programs across the country. We provide fundraising opportunities for music programs, scholarships for high school and collegiate students, and professional development events for music educators. In addition, we sponsor organizations that promote music education and advocacy.
Follow our recent community efforts at #EncoreCares
(Photo credit: Cindy Esquibel, Encore staff and owner of Photography by CJE)
For #TeacherAppreciationWeek, Encore staff members have a few thank yous to make! I love teachers because… …they inspire, teach and influence our future. – Chris Keeling …they inspire people to grow and work to make the world a better place. – Maggie Rodriguez …they shape the world by educating our future generations. – Tori Cook …they challenge you to see the world in new ways. – Frieda Krantz Name one of your music teachers and how s/he changed your life. My music teacher in high school taught me to follow my dreams and be passionate about whatever I choose to do. […]Read More
Arrival Day on an Encore Tour Easter Sunday morning, Shannon Airport, Ireland, waiting for The Saratoga Springs High School Fiddle Club. Due at 7:00am but, as usual, a tail-wind has made them early – 6.30. Quiet at this time of day so they are out fairly quickly. Small group, 7 adults and 14 students. All keen and ready to go but we are due at Bunratty Folk Park just down the road and it doesn’t open until 9.30, so I invite them to have breakfast in the spacious café and I take the opportunity to do my introductory chat, mainly[…]Read More