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It’s About Time to #ThankATeacher
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Diary of an Encore Tour Manager, April 2015 – Featuring the Saratoga Springs HS Fiddle Club
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Tumblr Tells All: Stevenson High School Orchestra & Dance Tour of Spain
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A First-Timers Timeline for Planning a Performance Tour
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Our Date with GRAMMY Award Winner Jared Cassedy for Music In Our Schools Month #MIOSM
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Dublin Jerome High School Choir Gets Interviewed on Choir Tour for Diane Sawyer Special!
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The Insider’s Guide to Iceland Venues
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Prelude – A Succulent Treat for Music Directors by Encore Tours
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Managing Your Elementary Strings Program in March
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What We All Missed at the 2015 GRAMMYs

It’s About Time to #ThankATeacher

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. […]

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Diary of an Encore Tour Manager, April 2015 – Featuring the Saratoga Springs HS Fiddle Club

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[…]

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Tumblr Tells All: Stevenson High School Orchestra & Dance Tour of Spain

Late March, Stevenson High School Strings and Dance ensemble ventured off to the Iberian Peninsula. Along with their tour manager, Sam Bull who is a “logistical genius”, the group hit cities like Lisbon, Seville, Granada, and Madrid and performed in Spain’s notable venues the Dieguez Theater of Colmenar de Oreja and Avila’s Auditorio Municipal de San Francisco. Jeremy Beyer, Associate Director of Orchestra and Guitar at Stevenson, kept up an amazing Tumblr account while traveling overseas which made the Encore staff in Boston feel like we were on the trip too! Below are some photo favorites from the blog and be sure to[…]

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A First-Timers Timeline for Planning a Performance Tour

For first time travelers, planning your ensemble’s performance tour can be an overwhelming experience. Never fear, we’re here to help! This post will alleviate your workload by giving you a specific timeline for planning your performance tour from start to finish. When should you start planning? The time needed to plan a performance tour depends on the destination, ensemble type and group’s needs, though a general rule of thumb is to start planning 1-2 years out from your departure date for overseas travel. For groups looking to perform in prestigious venues, it is suggested to allow at least 18 months so you[…]

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Our Date with GRAMMY Award Winner Jared Cassedy for Music In Our Schools Month #MIOSM

Encore Tours recently had the pleasure of meeting with Jared Cassedy, the 2015 recipient of the GRAMMY Music Educator Award and Director of Bands at Windham High School, New Hampshire. During our dinner date, we discussed our mutual passion for music education, the challenges music educators face and how we can continue to inspire and motivate aspiring musicians. We thought we’d share a bit of what Jared had to say – and just in time for Music In Our Schools Month! Hi, Jared! Thanks for meeting with us today. We are excited to learn more about your recent award and[…]

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Dublin Jerome High School Choir Gets Interviewed on Choir Tour for Diane Sawyer Special!

This has certainly been an adventurous week for the Dublin Jerome High School Choir currently traveling in Austria on their Encore choir tour. Just the other day, the group was interviewed and filmed for the Diane Sawyer special “The Untold Story of ‘The Sound of Music’” which aired Wednesday night on ABC. It was lucky that the high school happened to be in the Mirabell Gardens while ABC was also there! The Salzburg newspaper, Salzburger Nachrichten, addressed their coincidental timing in an article here. This is a loose translation of that article in English: It has been exactly 50 years ago,[…]

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The Insider’s Guide to Iceland Venues

Iceland is a relatively young island, only 15-18 million years old(!), making its geological activity one-of-a-kind. But more than geology, it is also young in hosting performance tours for US visitors! Sure, it’s becoming more popular, but relatively speaking it hasn’t really branched out as a top-of-the mind performance tour destination… (yet!). Though, you might be surprised to find that it actually has one of the best concert halls in the world and offers many other excellent venues for traveling ensembles! Here’s the inside scoop on Iceland venues: Harpa Only less than 5 years old, the Harpa concert hall and[…]

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Prelude – A Succulent Treat for Music Directors by Encore Tours

A music director who plans an international tour is comparable to an outstanding chef preparing an exquisite meal to be enjoyed by their musicians. And if a tour is successful, the delicious memories are savored by generations to follow. Encore Tours prepares a yearly feast for its clients called Prelude. We treat the coming year’s traveling directors to an outstanding international weekend, realizing that once you’ve acquired a taste of your dreams becoming a reality, everything less is cheap wine. Our clients savor the value of quality, knowing full well the price you pay for a low-cost music tour leaves[…]

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Managing Your Elementary Strings Program in March

Defining the Musical Path for Elementary Strings Congratulations on your new beginner strings members who were inducted on Valentine’s Day during your Arch of Bows Ceremony. With their enthusiasm at an all-time high, now is a great time to build a bridge from elementary strings to your middle school orchestra and beyond. It’s those seemingly-big divides that can be daunting to a young student, and many times we lose our best kids through fear of the future. A clear view of an exciting chapter that awaits them will quell their fears. With your goal of building a sense of purpose[…]

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What We All Missed at the 2015 GRAMMYs

As a society, we are celebrity crazed; obsessed with finding out who Taylor Swift is dating and guessing the next embarrassing thing Kanye will do. While watching the GRAMMYs this Sunday, it became apparent just how much we idolize celebrities: natural performers, rich, good-looking with some form of musical ability and dance moves. While we are busy gawking at their purple hair and their designer dresses, we tend to ignore the extremely talented musicians who fall just under “celeb” status. For example, you may have walked away from the GRAMMYs already knowing who Sam Smith is and why we just need to stay with him… but[…]

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