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Cathedral Metropolitana

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Located in the center of Buenos Aires, Cathedral Metropolitana is Buenos Aires pivotal Catholic Church. The church is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. Built in the 16th century, the frequent construction from that time has given the structure a mix of various architectural styles ranging from the 19th century styles of Renaissance Revival, Baroque Revival, and Neoclassical.

Facultad de Derecho

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The University of Buenos Aires is the largest university in Argentina consisting of a variety of departments, hospitals, high schools and even museums. Though there is no central campus, many performance opportunities exist in the various buildings dispersed throughout the city such as the Facultad de Derecho.

Teatro El CÍrculo

Rosario, Argentina

This theater is known for its interior and exterior beauty, particularly the unique stage curtain featuring images from Greek mythology. Said to have an acoustic quality similar to New York's Metropolitan Opera, this performance venue is a must when visiting Argentina.

Teatro Colón

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Teatro Colón is the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is among the top 5 venues in the world with the best acoustics - even Pavarotti thought so! The theater opened in May of 1908 with Verdi's Aida and has up to 2,500 seats and standing room for 1,000 people.

Metropolitan Cathedral

Montevideo, Uruguay

This Roman Catholic Church is located in Constitution Square of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city. Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and the patron saints Philip and James, this church is the perfect place to perform your Mass services in Uruguay.

Haydnsaal, Palace Esterházy

Eisenstadt, Austria

This beautiful palace, home to the infamous Esterházy family, was built in the late 13th century. During its lifetime the palace's Haydnsaal has played host to many great musicians, in particular its former long-time Kapellmeister, Joseph Haydn. Don't miss out on performing in this historical landmark!

Melk Abbey

Melk, Austria

From 1089, this Benedictine Abbey has survived many periods of distress in Austria, including the dissolution of abbeys under Emperor Joseph II, the Napoleonic Wars and the Nazi Anschluss. Overlooking the Danube, the abbey stands today in its 1736 designed form in which you can witness many well-known frescoes. Perhaps you may be interested in the library which contains a collection of musical manuscripts and frescoes by Paul Troger. Informal performance for the abbey's many visitors are possible on tour.

Franziskanerkirche

Salzburg, Austria

St. Francis Church, or Franziskanerkirche, is one of the oldest buildings in Salzburg. The interior is mostly gothic, however, later influences of the Baroque style can also be seen in the church. It also has beautiful chapels—some of which were donated throughout the years. One more notable feature of St. Francis is its amazing ceiling! Be sure to check it out as well as the other great features when your group performs at this fantastic venue.

Mozarteum, Great Hall

Salzburg, Austria

The concert hall is located under the gaze of the Hohensalzburg Fortress in the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, a school specializing in the arts. It is suitable for choirs and orchestras and features a new 50 stop tracker action organ, installed in 2010! Take a virtual tour.

Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg, Austria

Between 1181 and 1600, a Romanesque cathedral was standing in the place of the present one; its foundations can be seen in the crypt of the church. Salzburg is not called the 'Rome of the north' in vain. The Cathedral was hit by American bombs during World War II. It took ten years of hard work to restore the considerable damage. The last part of the restoration was the reconstruction of the 4 organs. This historical venue is a must-perform!

Imperial Hall

Vienna, Austria

The Imperial Chapel, built in the thirteenth century, is home to the Vienna Boys' Choir. A permanent fixture since 1498, the Boys' Choir performs every Sunday during High Mass. The chapel is part of the Imperial Palace which was the seat of the Hapsburg Monarchy for over 700 years. Known for their extravagant opulence this stunning Palace and its Chapel is an awe inspiring performance venue for any choir.

Musikverein

Vienna, Austria

The Musikverein is one of the most prestigious classical performance venues in the world. The globally-esteemed acoustics and architectural grandeur make the 'Great Hall' an unparalleled location for a classical concert. Home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein has an impressive calendar of classical events. It would be a true honor for any classical performer to play here.

Schönbrunn Orangerie

Vienna, Austria

Formerly a Baroque greenhouse and now an event center, the Orangerie Schönbrunn has hosted many live performances from all ensemble types and is the official site of the palace concerts. The building dates back to 1745 and originally housed not only the Empress Wilhelmine Amalie's orange plants but also many royal events and festivities.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Vienna, Austria

In the heart of Vienna stands St. Stephen's Cathedral with its towers dominating the Austrian skyline. St. Stephen's was constructed in 1137 above the ruins of two earlier churches. Unmistakable with its colored tile roof, it has become one of Vienna's most recognized landmarks. As host to hundreds of performances year-round, this venue is a great option for your performance tour.

Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal

Montreal, Canada

Located in Old Montreal, The Notre Dame Basilica's Gothic exterior faces the Place d' Armes square. Upon entry, visitors are stunned by the colorful and intricate designs found on the ceiling and walls which depict scenes of Montreal's religious history. Musical programming includes regular choral and organ performances; perhaps your group is next!

Oscar Peterson Hall at Concordia University

Montreal, Canada

This hall has hosted internationally-renowned musicians, including members of Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie, Ranee Lee and Oliver Jones. The intimate 570-seat hall draws from Japanese influences as seen the horizontal grid of birch planks that forms the stage's backdrop. The spacious hardwood stage is easily seen from all vantage points in the room, and adjustable acoustic panels allow for a wide spectrum of natural sound.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Montreal, Canada

Built in the early twentieth century, St. Joseph's is Canada's largest church. The church was founded by Saint André Bessette, famous for his healing powers. Many of those who he healed discarded their crutches and now thousands of these decorate one wall of the chapel. In the mid twentieth century composer Émilien Allard served as carrillonneur and it was here where he wrote and recorded many of his famous works. This is a venue rich in modern Christian and musical history, the perfect place for a choral performance.

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

Québec, Canada

Known for performing miracles, each year disabled visitors from around the world are drawn to Sainte-Anne in the hopes that this church will heal them. Upon entering this church, you will see two pillars filled with tokens of the disabled (crutches, canes, etc.), each item having been left by someone who claims to have been healed. Though the first church was burned to the ground in 1992, its renovation is said to still maintain its miraculous healing powers. Who knows? Maybe it was the visiting performance group who truly healed these people!

Notre Dame de Québec

Québec, Canada

Notre Dame, located in the heart Québec's historic district, is the oldest Roman Catholic Parish in North America. Originally built in 1647, the church has been twice destroyed and twice rebuilt. In 1922 the inside was once again destroyed, this time by fire, it was restored by Maxime Roisin and Raoul Chenevert who are to thank for today's stunning interior. This is a beautiful venue, rich in history and the perfect place for a choral ensemble.

L'église de la Nativité, Québec

Québec, Canada

L'église de la Nativité has suffered several fires over the course of its history. In 1918 the fourth and current church was built by the famous architect Georges-émile Tanguay. Tanguay was well known throughout Europe for his gothic-style architecture. This beautiful church is in the heart of Québec's historic district, Vieu-Bourg de Beauport.

Dufferin Terrace

Québec, Canada

This ¼-mile promenade overlooks the St. Lawrence River right by the Château Frontenac in Québec City. The terrace is by far the most visited tourist attraction in Québec City and provides a great opportunity for a performance or even a parade.

Central Conservatory Hall of Beijing

Beijing, China

A few minutes' drive from Tiananmen Square, this concert hall is most well-known as the residence of Prince Chun and the birthplace of Emperor Kuang-hsu of the Qing Dynasty. Many famous Chinese musicians began their journey in this very hall and Encore is thrilled to offer such a prestigious location to our incredibly talented ensembles. This is an excellent venue suitable for choirs and symphony orchestras.

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Shanghai, China

Founded in 1927, this award-winning conservatory, often named 'cradle of musicians', was the first music institution of higher education in China. This school places theory, creation, teaching and performing of western music combined with traditional Chinese music as its top priority with emphasis on preparing students for a professional music career. This is the perfect place for a local exchange or perhaps a workshop on traditional Chinese styles of music.

Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Shanghai, China

This venue offers not one, but three concert halls (Concert Hall, Opera Hall and Performance Hall ) ranging in capacity from 300 to nearly 2,000 seats. The building opened in 2005 and since has hosted professional and amateur ensembles from around the globe. The venue is probably most famous for its architectural design in which its halls are connected to resemble a butterfly orchid from the view above!

Yi Fu Theater

Shanghai, China

Once known as Tian Chan Theater, Yi Fu Theater has the longest history and largest scale of any Chinese Opera theater in Shanghai. It was once known as Tian Chan Theater. Since its establishment in 1925, it has featured Peking Opera performances and has been favored by many famous Chinese opera artists. Early on, it became the 'Largest Theater in the Far East'. Around 1990 the theater was rebuilt and renamed Yi Fu Theater. In 1994, the new theater opened to the public with an elegant appearance and advanced facilities. Now Yi Fu Theater offers nearly 1,000 seats on two floors.

Xi'an Conservatory of Music

Xi'an, China

One of the most interesting architectural designs in China, the Xi'an Concert Hall is expertly designed to diffuse the appropriate amount of sound to each seat. With seating for 1,250 concertgoers, this venue is perfect for symphony orchestra and chamber music concerts. The hall has featured impressive ensembles such as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Symphony Orchestra. This performance venue is sure to excite your auditory and visual senses.

Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theatre

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Also known as the Saigon Opera House, the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City is an impressive venue in Vietnam. Its French colonial architecture mimics, in part, both the Opera Garnier and the Petit Palais in Paris. The venue holds 800 in the audience and can fit large choirs and orchestras with both the use of its main stage and open orchestra pit.

Auditorio Nacional

San Jose, Costa Rica

Housed inside the Museo de Los Niños this is the city's most modern performing arts theater, with the best seats and sound system.

INBioparque Educational Center Amphitheater

San Jose, Costa Rica

This 300-seat covered amphitheater is situated in the famous INBioparque ecological park in San Jose. While outdoors, the shell provides an acoustical setup perfect for any ensemble.

Teatro Nacional

San Jose, Costa Rica

This gorgeous Neo-classical arts complex in central San José is considered to be the finest historical building in the capital city. Its interior contains lavish furnishings and décor. The theater's use is highly limited and requires that groups go through a selection process prior to admission for performing. We are proud to offer this venue for our talented and inspiring groups who travel to Costa Rica.

Archbishop's Hall of Kromeriz Castle

Kromeriz, Czech Republic

Dating back to 1497, this incredible palace located in Moravia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains an elaborate hall which is perfect for concerts. The acoustics and set up of the hall are fantastic for any type of ensemble and therefore the castle often hosts performances here. Interiors of the palace were extensively used in the filming of the movie "Amadeus" as a stand-in for the Hofburg Palace in Vienna as the palace is a beautiful example of Baroque style architecture.

Courtyard of Litomysl Chateau

Litomysl, Czech Republic

Every June and July, orchestras at a very high level will have the opportunity to perform in the covered courtyard of Litomysl Chateau as part of the Smetana Festival, in honor of Litomysl's most famous resident. Dating back to 1949, it is the second oldest music festival in the Czech Republic and draws crowds from all over Europe. The chateau itself is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, therefore performing as part of this festival is a fantastic opportunity for orchestras.

Church of the Holy Savior

Prague, Czech Republic

This church, located just off the Old Town of the city, is the largest Protestant church in Prague. It was originally built in Gothic-Renaissance style in the early 1600's and has been reconstructed several times to its current glory. It is a wonderful venue for choral music and there are many concerts which take place in this very special venue.

Czech Museum of Music

Prague, Czech Republic

This beautiful building, once a Baroque Church, has recently undergone a major reconstruction and now marries traditional and contemporary design with stunning effect. The Czech Museum of Music offers performers the opportunity to play in the presence of musical history, holding over 700,000 items documenting the importance of music from past to present. The venue hosts a variety of performances throughout the year; including Orchestral, Broadway and Contemporary ensembles.

Smetana Hall

Prague, Czech Republic

Named after the late Romantic composer, Bed'ich Smetana, this stunning Art Nouveau building was designed by noted architects of the era Osvald Poivka and Antonin Balsanek. Both architects worked hard to perfect the venues excellent acoustics. Smetana Hall's impressive program of events throughout the year include the world-famous Prague Spring Festival. This is a truly exceptional setting for any classical performance!

Rudolfinum

Prague, Czech Republic

This beautiful Neo-Renaissance Hall in the heart of Prague is one of the oldest concert halls in Europe. Built in the late 1800's, the structure contributed greatly to the development of Czechoslovakia as it housed the seat of the state parliment during the world wars. Today, not only is it home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra but it is host to many classical concerts and is one of the main venues of the Prague Spring International Music Festival. It's excellent acoustics make it a wonderful venue for symphony orchestras.

St. Nicholas Church

Prague, Czech Republic

This gorgeous baroque-style church right in the Old Town Square of Prague, was completed in 1735. The interior was inspired by the chapel of St. Louis-des-Invalides in Paris. Its prime location in the heart of the main square makes it a wonderful place to hold concerts and attract large audiences.

St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague, Czech Republic

This magnificent Roman Catholic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and is part of the Prague castle. It's an excellent example of Gothic architecture and can be seen rising above the hill overlooking Prague. While the cathedral does not offer any opportunities for concerts, high quality choirs with liturgical repertoire do have the opportunity to sing Mass here upon approval, which is an incredible experience!

J.K. Tyla Theater

Trebon, Czech Republic

This charming, 19th century theater located in the small spa town of Trebon in Southern Bohemia is a very special and intimate venue, perfect for orchestras, bands, or choirs. It is located in the heart of this picturesque town, which gives performers the opportunity to walk around and explore the main square with its pastel colored houses and parks nearby before or after the concert.

Bayeux Cathedral

Bayeux, France

Nestled in the heart of Bayeux, this large Norman-Romanesque Cathedral dates back to the 11th Century. It is famous as the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry, a massive embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Many legends surround the tapestry, but the majestic architecture of Bayeux Cathedral tells a story of its own. It is a wonder that one of the oldest cathedrals in France somehow escaped World War II without much damage. Performing in Bayeux Cathedral lit up at night is a truly magical moment for your music tour.

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres, France

This gothic-style Roman Rite Catholic cathedral was built between 1194-1250 and is the last cathedral to have occupied the grounds since the 4th century. The church's almost perfect preservation is astounding; it still holds most of the original stained glass windows and its architecture has gone almost unscathed since the 13th century. Dominating the cathedrals exterior are its flying buttresses, large windows, and beautiful spires.

Château de Chambord

Loire Valley, France

This sprawling creation commissioned by Francois I, towering over its deer-filled park, is one of the most recognized châteaux in the world. Featured in the building are works from collections of the Louvre and Compiegne, admired by nearly a million visitors each year. With guaranteed audiences any day, this is a top performance spot in the Loire Valley

Basilique de Nice

Nice, France

Built in 1868, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice is the largest church in the city. The church was built in a Gothic French style and was designed to French the city after it was annexed from Italy in 1860. The east facing façade is dominated by a huge Rose window, depicting the Assumption of Mary. It is a beautiful venue and would be the perfect venue for a choral ensemble.

American War Museum/Cemetery

Normandy, France

Honoring nearly 10,000 American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II, this site is a historical landmark in memory of the 1944 invasion of Normandy. This cemetery and memorial is located near Omaha Beach and the English Channel close to the Normandy landings. With the US flag flying proudly, visitors can attend the flag lowering ceremony which occurs twice each day. Performances here are sure to be emotional and inspiring.

L'église Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Paris, France

The Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, founded in the 6th Century, stands on the left bank of the Seine. The church was once part of a huge Abbey. Unfortunately, the main body of the Abbey was destroyed when their supply of saltpeter, used to preserve their food but also a constituent of gun powder, exploded and leveled the Abbey to the ground. Now only the church remains. It is an amazing venue, rich in history and a wonderful setting for any performance.

L'Église de Saint-Sèverin

Paris, France

The Église de Saint-Sèverin, one of the oldest churches on the left bank, was completed in 1520. Situated in the heart of the Latin Quarter it is a fine example of Gothic Architecture. The interior boasts a forest of columns and the 16th century architecture is complimented by the addition of some very modern impressionistic stain glass windows. The church is also home to one of the oldest bells in France, cast in 1412, it's still ringing at the ripe old age of 601! St. Sèverin is a stunning venue the perfect place for an atmospheric ensemble.

L'Église de Saint-Sulpice

Paris, France

The Church of St. Sulpice, built in the seventeenth century, is the second largest church in Paris. An important Roman Catholic church, it is home to a very impressive Gnomon, an astronomical measurement device which was installed so the bells could be rung at exactly the most appropriate time of day. The church is famous for its Great Organ, revered as the most impressive instrument of the romantic French Symphonic Organ Era. There have been a few modernizations over the years but overall it is nearly exactly the same as when Aristide Cavaillè-Coll reconstructed it in 1862. This is a beautiful venue with lots of atmosphere and a special appeal to any organ enthusiast.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris, France

Located in the heart of Paris, Notre Dame is one of the most magnificent churches in the world. It has starred in numerous books and films across the ages—most notably Victor Hugo's tale of the Hunchback, Quasimodo, who lived in the bell towers. Speaking of bells, Notre Dame has five, the largest being the great bourdon bell, Emmanuel, which weighs just over 13 tons. No doubt one of the most sought after venues in the world, we are proud to have Notre Dame on our venues list!

L'église de la Madeleine

Paris, France

La Madeleine is a prestigious performance venue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. This Roman Catholic church was built in true Neo-Classical style inspired by the Roman temple Maison Carrée with over fifty columns carrying the building. The church's pipe organ was built in 1845, restored in 1927 and the organist position has been held by major organists/composers, Saint-Saëns and Fauré to name a few! We hope your group can be one of the select ensembles to have the opportunity to perform here!

Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris, France

Home of the Luxembourg Palace, the Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park is Paris. Decorated in statues, fountains and plant life, this garden is host to many worldwide visitors that come to enjoy its beauty. Musical performances frequent this beautiful setting where daily cafe visitors are close by to enjoy.

The American Church

Paris, France

The American Church is Paris has been around since the 1830s and is the first American church outside the United States. According to the church's history, it was consencrated on Thanksgiving day 1886 and coincided with the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. It is a beautiful building that is perfect for choirs. It is a symbol of French and American allegiance and and continues to be a highlight for visitors from all over.

St. Hedwig's Cathedral

Berlin, Germany

Designed after the well-known Pantheon in Rome, Hedwig's Cathedral was built in response to the increase in Catholic immigrants into Berlin after the Protestant Reformation in the 18th century. 200 years later, after the notorious Jewish persecution known as Kristallnacht in November of 1938, the bishop of the cathedral prayed publicly for all of the Jews. He was subsequently jailed and died before arriving at his destintion—a concentration camp. His remains were transferred back to the church where they were placed in the famous tomb which can be found inside.

Jesuitenkirche

Heidelberg, Germany

Jesuitenkirche, also known as the Church of the Holy Spirit and St. Ignatius, is the largest and most important church in Heidelberg. It's main structure was built in Baroque style and it's tower (which was added about a century later) is in the neo-baroque style. Its construction is unusual in that it faces south, whereas most catholic churches face east. It sits in the old town district near University Square-no doubt a great location for our groups to perform and show off their great talent.

St. Thomas Church

Leipzig, Germany

St. Thomas has been a place of worship for historical figures such as Martin Luther, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and of course, Bach. In fact, Bach was choirmaster at this church for 27 years. Today, this church acts as his final resting place. Although the works he created during his time in Leipzig commanded little attention in his lifetime, they are an important part of his journey to greatness. Dive into the world of Bach and have the chance to perform in a place he once considered home.

Herkulessaal at the Residenz

Munich, Germany

Herkulessaal, or Hercules Hall, is a 1,270 seat hall used for concerts, ceremonies, lectures, and conferences. It is located inside the beautiful royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs in the center of Munich. Today the complex, known as the Munich Residenz, contains ten courtyards, beautiful gardens, and a stunning interior. There are over 130 rooms on display inside and your group could have a chance to experience and perform in this incredible palace.

Titisee Lakeside Band Shell

Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

This fantastic bandshell with great acoustics makes a perfect concert spot for any band. Overlooking Lake Titisee, the Pavilion is a popular instrumental venue due to both its scenic location and the easy access to the stage for loading and unloading instruments. This is an extremely popular tourist area so you're guaranteed a great audience.

The Liszt Academy Hall

Budapest, Hungary

Home to the famous Liszt collection, which contains over one million engravings, images, articles, and books, this world-class conservatory and concert hall is a magnificent center of Budapest’s musical life. Its decorative interior, excellent acoustics, and seating for over 1,200 people in the main hall, and 400 in the smaller hall, make the Liszt Academy an appealing venue for our groups. Come explore Hungary and perform at this culturally rich center for the arts. It’s sure to be an experience your group will never forget.

Matthias Church

Budapest, Hungary

Officially named Church of Our Lady, this famous landmark in Budapest's Castle District is better known as Matthias Church after the beloved 15th century Renaissance king who contributed the towers and was married here. Franz Liszt wrote and performed the Coronation Mass for the crowning of Habsburg King Franz Joseph here in 1867. It's a favorite spot for tourists due to its imposing architecture, historic symbolism and impressive artwork.

Hofið (the Temple)

Akureyri, Iceland

The Hof Cultural and Conference Center is located in the city of Akureyri in Northern Iceland. The center has a wonderful concert hall used for many professional performances in the area. With a well-equipped stage, seating for up to 510 in the audience and excellent sound systems, this venue is perfect for any ensemble type.

Hallgrímskirkja

Reykjavík, Iceland

This Lutheran church is located at the top of Reykjavík with a beautiful view overlooking the city. Here, ensembles may participate in the regular services of the church with the house organist. Application is required to perform in this prestigious venue and is open to both vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Harpa

Reykjavík, Iceland

Only less than 5 years old, the Harpa concert hall and conference center is slowly becoming one of the most recognized performance venues in Europe. It features four concert halls and an additional two areas for informal performances.

Eldborg - Main Hall:

This world-class venue has an incredible and completely adaptable acoustic design for a variety of concerts and events. The stage is large enough for professional orchestras and the audience can hold up to 1,800! Take a virtual tour.

Norðurljós - Recital Hall:

Norðurljós means "Northern Lights" in Icelandic. The acoustics, seating arrangement, stage area and lighting of this concert hall are entirely customizable making this venue one of the most flexible that we offer. The audience can hold up to 520 seated guests. Take a virtual tour.

Silfurberg - Conference Hall:

While this room is generally used for conferences, the large space can bring in a stage of any size and has plenty of seating options. The space is perfect for very large performances with multiple ensembles or for participating in music festivals. Take a virtual tour.

Kaldalón - Auditorium:

While the 195 seats are stationary, the acoustical design of this room is completely customizable. The hall features state-of-the-art sound system, lighting and recording facilities. The stage is great for small ensembles of any kind. Take a virtual tour.

Salurinn Concert Hall

Reykjavík, Iceland

Opened in 1999, the Salurinn Concert Hall was the first concert hall in Reykjavík to be built based on a specific acoustical design and has been praised by many performers for its excellent acoustics! The hall has two grand pianos available for rent and can seat up to 300 in the audience. This venue is perfect for choirs and small chamber orchestras and is located just outside of downtown Reykjavík.

Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin, Ireland

Situated in medieval Dublin, Christ Church is not only the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishops but is also the seat of the Church of Ireland. Founded around 1028 the cathedral was rebuilt and renovated many times throughout history and is now accented by flying buttresses, high arching stone ceilings, and, most notably, the Grand Organ which appears to be floating in the air! The Cathedral is home to one of the most reputable choirs in Ireland whose origins trace back to 1493 when the choir school was founded.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Dublin, Ireland

Originally built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin was completed in the late 1100's and is the largest church in Ireland. The majestic Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where, according to legend, Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Beautiful stained-glass windows, impressive architecture, and an enormous organ with over 4,000 pipes make this Cathedral one-of-a-kind! Today it is the location for a variety of public national ceremonies.

Galway Cathedral

Galway, Ireland

The Roman Catholic Galway Cathedral, with its construction having begun in 1958, is one of Europe's youngest Cathedrals. The juxtaposition of Renaissance and traditional Christian art give this church an appealing, unique look. The building is the most outstanding in the entire city. A pipe organ was included in the original instruction and has since then been updated and expanded by Trevor Crowe, an organ builder from Ireland. The cathedral has a choir that was founded when the church was erected and during the summer they have a concert series.

Saint Mary's Anglican Cathedral

Killarney, Ireland

Situated in Killarney, St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral's construction began in 1842. It's partially constructed structure was used during the Great Famine as a hospital and a sick shelter. Because construction was suspended during the famine, the building was not finished until 1855.

Saint Multose Church

Kinsale, Ireland

One of Corks most Prominent buildings is the medieval church called the St. Multose's Church. The 12th century structure that the Norman built is one of the oldest churches of the Church of Ireland and has been in constant use since its founding. The church is home to some interesting things such as a wooden coat of arms, carved memorials, and the Easter sepulcher.

Kylemore Abbey

Westport, Ireland

Famed for being Ireland's most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey is the perfect setting for choirs. The adjoining Gothic Church, constructed in 1874, is home of many musical performances, poetry readings and cross-community celebrations throughout the year. The church was built in the style of a miniature cathedral as a memorial to the owners beloved late wife, Mary.

St. Peter

Jaffa, Israel

St. Peter's Church, a Franciscan church, is located in the ancient port city of Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv and the scene for many biblical and mythological stories. It is, perhaps, most known for being the location where tradition says Saint Peter raised Tabitha from the dead. Regular performances and Masses take place inside the church and is open to visitors daily.

Dormition Abbey

Jerusalem, Israel

Located just outside the Old City walls, this historic landmark, dating back to the 5th century where it was a basilica during the Byzantine Empire, can be spotted from most viewpoints in Jerusalem. Like most holy sites in the area, the church was destroyed and rebuilt over hundreds of years until the basilica in its final form was opened in the early 1900's. Tradition says that on this spot the Virgin Mary died, hence giving its name the "Basilica of the Assumption" (or Dormition).

Basilica of the Annunciation

Nazareth, Israel

Roman Catholic tradition says this is where the Annunciation took place. The basilica is rather large with two stories. The bottom-level shrine is estimated to have been built in the 4th century on what tradition says is the remains of Mary's childhood home. While the church was destroyed and rebuilt many times, the final basilica was built on the second floor in 1969 above the remains of different eras. Nations from all around the world have contributed pieces of art depicting the scene of the Annunciation.

Church of Mount of the Beatitudes

Sea of Galilee, Israel

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee, this Roman Catholic church is built on the site of Jesus's "Sermon on the Mount" as depicted in the famous Carl Bloch painting. Architecturally, the church is an octagonal shape which represents the 8 Beatitudes or blessings in the sermon. Visitors can perform inside the church followed by a stroll around the gardens before continuing on to their next overnight city.

Palazzo Cittanova

Cremona, Italy

Built after the Piazza del Comune, or city hall, this two-story building was once a headquarters for the merchants of fustian, a barracks, and a headquarters for the notary. Over the years there have been slight changes to its structure to accommodate the changes in its function. Today, it is used for meetings and events. Its history and unique architecture make it a perfect backdrop for our groups' performances.

Sant'Andrea della Valle Church

Rome, Italy

It is hard to imagine a more dramatic church than Sant' Andrea della Valle, it is therefore not hard to understand why Puccini set the first act of his opera, Tosca, in the Barberini Chapel. It is here that Angelotti seeks a hiding place from the Roman chief of police and Tosca's suspicions of her lovers' supposed infidelity are aroused. This is a venue of unmatched opulence and operatic history and would be the perfect venue for a choral performance.

St. Peter's Basilica

Rome, Italy

Charged as being "the greatest of all churches of Christendom," St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City, is nearly 400 years old and possesses a wealth of history, culture, and art. Adorned with works of famous Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, St. Peter's is a popular site not only for Christians, but for historians and tourists alike. Not only have Encore groups had the opportunity to explore such a remarkable sight, but some have also performed for the Pope himself!

Basilica of San Marco

Venice, Italy

Located on the Piazza San Marco, the Cathedral is not only the most famous of the churches in Venice, but it's also one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. Over the centuries, it has become a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. This explains its nickname, Chiesa d'Oro, which in Italian means "church of gold". The church also contains multiple choir lofts which was the inspiration for the development of a Venetian polychoral style. So hop a boat to Venice and come perform in what was once a vital home to the famous Italian Renaissance!

Campo Santo Stefano

Venice, Italy

The largest piazza in Venice after Piazzo San Marco, this wonderful square is a mixture of shops and churches in the heart of the city's most prestigious neighborhood. Slightly off the tourist path but always busy with locals, it makes a great place for a memorable concert.

La Parroquia

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Parroquia is a pink, Gothic church and is one of the most famous sights in San Miguel de Allende. Its architecture was orginally colonial, however architect Zeferino Gutiérrez chose a gothic style when the church underwent heavy restoration. The church was originally built in 1683 and sits along the city's main square, El Jardin. The crypt underneath the main alter contains the remains of two war heroes from the Mexican War of Independence against Spain. This significant landmark in the heart of San Miguel de Allende is a great location for our Mexico-bound groups to perform!

Chinchero Chapel

Cuzco, Peru

Built around 1607 this church sits looking out at the ruins of the old Incan town. Located about 19 miles from Cuzco, this church is nestled in the Urubamba province in the town of Chinchero. This city was a very important town to the Incans. The Limestone structure of an Incan palace was filled with dirt and used as the churches foundation. Its palace foundation wasn't discovered until the 1960s.

Gran Teatro Nacional

Lima, Peru

The initial project was raised in March 2010 to address the need for a high-tech stage that is capable of hosting major productions in Peru. The architect Alonso de la Piedra was responsible for directing the project for the construction of general infrastructure and the architect José Nepomuceno was in charge of the acoustic and mechanical structures.

l'Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Fatima

Lima, Peru

The Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Fatima in Lima was constructed in 1952 and is one of the most active churches in the community. The interior offers its patrons beautiful architecture of golden light and dramatic arches, great acoustics with tiered steps perfect for choirs, and a nice dedicated rehearsal space for ensembles to use. The church also includes a courtyard and garden.

Museo de Arte de Lima

Lima, Peru

Located on the Palacio de la Exposición, the Museo de Arte was built in 1872. It exhibits collections that show the prehistorical art from Peru and the first human discoveries until contemporary art.

Wawel Castle Cathedral

Krakow, Poland

Located in Krakow, Poland on top of Wawel Hill is the Wawel Cathedral. Built over 900 years ago, this Cathedral has held Coronations for Polish Monarch's and is a sanctuary to the Polish national. A mass was even given by Pope John Paul II in the Cathedrals crypt. It was his first mass. The Cathedral is home to a beautiful gold altar that was built in 1650 and a crypt that houses Polish Kings and saints.

Slovak Radio Hall

Bratislava, Slovakia

This contemporary building, which replicates an inverted pyramid was built in 1983. This hall provides excellent acoustics and hosts many professional music groups. The Radio Hall is the home of the Symphony Orchestra of the Slovak Radio and the Children Choir of the Slovak Radio.

Bojnice Castle

Bojnice, Slovakia

Bojnice Castle is Slovakia’s best-known fairy-tale castle, frequently used as a film set and a wedding venue. The first written record of its existence dates from 1113, though today’s neo-Gothic remodeling dates from the early 20th century. The castle park is home to a zoological garden. Choral and chamber concerts are regularly held in the castle’s historic Hunyadi Hall.

Philharmonic Hall (Dom umenia)

Košice, Slovakia

The so-called House of Arts was inaugurated in 1968, when the Košice State Philharmonic was founded. The building incorporates a former synagogue, now the main concert hall with 700 seats, a fine 3-manual organ and Bösendorfer and Steinway pianos.

Robotnický dóm

Banská Bystrica , Slovakia

The “House of the Workers,” now a national cultural heritage monument, is located in the attractive university town of Banská Bystrica. It was built in 1924 as a cultural and community centre and was completely renovated and reopened in 2015. It once again serves as a centre of cultural life, and visiting groups are warmly welcomed there.

Cathedral of St. Elisabeth

Košice, Slovakia

The centre of Košice is dominated by the monumental gothic Cathedral of St Elisabeth, which is the largest church in all Slovakia, with a capacity of 5000. It is also the easternmost gothic cathedral of the western type in Europe. Slovakia’s second city, Košice, was proclaimed European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Dvorana Hall

Trenčianske Teplice , Slovakia

The famous spa town of Trenčianské Teplice with its hot mineral springs is an important cultural center. The town‘s Music Summer is the oldest international festival of chamber music in Central Europe. Dvorana Hall is part of the unique spa building of 1892 located in the park. Visiting ensembles have a great opportunity to publicize their evening concert by giving an impromptu performance on the town’s main square.

St. Nicholas's Church

Trnava

Trnava is called “Little Rome” because of the large number of churches in the town. The most important of these is the impressive gothic Basilica of St Nicholas, which is famous for its international festival of organ music, but choirs can sing there too!

St. James's Church

Levoča, Slovakia

The historical town of Levoča is a true cultural and historic jewel, possessing numerous architectural monuments linked with the town’s glorious past. The 14th century Church of St. James towers above the market square. It is a basilica with three naves, and is noted for having the tallest gothic altar in the world.

Jesuit Church

Skalica, Slovakia

The picturesque town of Skalica on the border with the Czech Republic tempts visitors with its famous trdelník pie, excellent local wines, historic buildings and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. The town’s Jesuit church has been reconstructed as a concert hall. Visiting orchestras, including the Slovak Philharmonic, draw an enthusiastic audience.

Auditorio de San Francisco

Ávila, Spain

The Auditorio de San Francisco, originally built as a Monastery in 1315, has now been remodeled into the Municipal Auditorium, which hosts many musical events for Ávila. A beautiful stone building in the heart of the city commonly known as 'the city of stones', it truly reflects the cultural traditions of this beautiful area.

Santa Maria del Pi

Barcelona, Spain

Situated in the part of the city of Barcelona known as Barri Gotic, is located 14th century Gothic style church known as Santa Maria del Pi. The church is known for its large rose stained glass window, which is one of the largest in the world, it's Catalan Gothic Style which is essentially bare of any sculptures, and its robust buttresses that give it its characteristic appearance.

Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat

Barcelona, Spain

Built in 1993, this theater aims to provide residents and visitors a cultural experience and hopes to become one of Barcelona's unique cultural centers. Its auditorium can seat nearly 800 audience members and averages 50,000 visitors a year. The acoustical properties are enhanced with its specially designed acoustic hood, making this an optimal performance venue for your tour.

Palau de la Musica Catalan

Barcelona, Spain

This breathtaking concert hall was built in the early 1900s in the middle of Barcelona. Along with the stunning stained glass dome ceiling, the structure includes a number of statues and designs that stand as homages to specific musical works. The concert hall is the only hall in Europe to be lit during daylight hours solely by natural light. This UNESCO World Heritage Site seats approximately 2,200 people and has seen performances by various artists ranging from Strauss, Stravinsky, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and more!

Auditorio de San Lorenzo

El Escorial, Spain

This modern Auditorium built in the 2000's is considered to be one of the most beautiful auditoriums built in Spain. El Escorial is located half hour north of Madrid, between Madrid and Segovia and during the month of June/July celebrates its International Music Festival.

San Jerónimo el Real

Madrid, Spain

Located in central Madrid, San Jerónimo el Real, also known as Los Jerónimos, was built as a monastery in 1503 during the time of Queen Isabella I. For more than three centuries, the monastery was the site of the investiture of the Prince of Asturias, or the heir to the Spanish throne. The church was closed in 1836 during the War of Independence and subsequently used as the headquarters of the artillery. With such a vital history, it's no wonder why our groups seek to write their own chapters in the continuing tale of Los Jerónimos.

Basílica Pontificia San Miguel

Madrid, Spain

This Basilica represents the Vatican in Madrid as it is the Basilica Pontificia de San Miguel. Built in the late 1700's, it has amazing acoustics and is located behind the Plaza Mayor. The audience can hold over 400 people and the church has an historical organ located on the first floor at the church feet. It is consider among the best jewels of Spanish Baroque and is perfect for traveling choirs!

Catedral de Alcalá de Henares

Madrid, Spain

Alcalá de Henares, with a population over 120,00 people, has its own Cathedral and is home to one of the oldest universities in Spain. The Cathedral was built in the Renaissance period, in the times of Victoria and Cardinal Cisneros and its acoustics are unique. It has one of the best organs and it is located on top of the main altar with excellent visibility of the main altar. The Cathedral celebrates each year its annual International Organ Festival during September and October.

Auditorio Nacional de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

This symphonic hall was built in the early 80's and has over 2,300 seats and a reverb time of two second. The annual program starts in September and runs through May and is open to both visiting ensembles wishing to attend a performance or perform in the hall themselves!

Teatro Monumental de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Teatro Monumental is home of the Radio Televisión Española Orchestra and the Banda Sinfonca Municipal de Madrid during autumn and Winter. Built in 1922 and located in Calle Atocha, it has been the main stage and home of many different ballet companies, theatre companies, shows and concerts. It has excellent acoustics and is suitable for bands, choirs or orchestras!

Catedral Vieja de Salamanca

Salamanca, Spain

This Romanesque church is home to an ancient, medieval spirit. Architecturally speaking, a defensive building, linked to the period of resettlement. The dome of the Old Cathedral is commonly known as the "Torre del Gallo" (Cockerel Tower) due to the weather vane in the shape of a cockerel on top.

Church of San Juan de los Caballeros

Segovia, Spain

The church of San Juan Caballeros is a Romanesque church from the XI century built on top of the medieval part of the city, in the Knights Quarter (Caballeros). It has been one of the most important venues in the city of Segovia for its music festival for many years. It's acoustics are incredible and has a capacity of 200 people!

Cathedral of Seville

Sevilla, Spain

Built to demonstrate Seville's wealth in the years after the Reconquista, the Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral today and third-largest church in the world. According to legend, the cathedral's builders had decided to build a church "so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think [they] were mad." It may have taken hundreds of years to complete, but with 80 chapels, beautiful domes, and a stunning interior, performing here is sure to leave your group with memories of a lifetime.

Santo Tomé Church

Toledo, Spain

Originally built in the 12th century, Santo Tomé got a complete makeover two centuries later when the Lord of Orgaz provided the necessary funding. When he died in 1312, he left a great deal of his wealth for adornment and enlargement of the church. Today, it is home to El Greco's most famous painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz, which is a very popular sight in Toledo. This painting was commissioned for the church (the burial site of Orgaz) in 1586 to pay tribute to his instrumental donations.

Teatre Fortuny de Reus

Tarragona, Spain

The Fortuny opened its doors on 16 November 1882 with Gounod's opera Faust. The theater was built according to the tastes of the time abarrocats under the direction of the architect Francesc Blanc, and achieved an obvious role social, cultural and citizen with a broad national impact. Currently Fortuny offers a regular program from October to June, combining theater, music, opera and dance and offering cultural projection through exhibitions, promoting young artists and guided tours.

Bath Abbey

Bath, England

Bath Abbey, an Anglican parish church and former monastery, was founded in the 7th century and is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. The church is a UK Listed Building (historic landmark) and contains various war memorials and monuments in the form of plaques and stained glass. The abbey is often used for secular civic ceremonies, religious services, lectures, and concerts, and while it is home to its own choral groups, it has also been a popular venue for visiting choirs, as well.

Parade Garden's Bandstand

Bath, England

The Parade Garden's Bandstand sits at the beautiful Victorian Garden's center. The gardens sit alongside the River Avon and contain some of the best floral bedding displays in Great Britain. Though the garden is a very popular picnicking spot, it also houses an outdoor café. In the summer months, concerts and children's entertainment programs are held in the bandstand. A beautiful spot to simultaneously bask in sunlight and perform for local and foreign onlookers!

St. Giles' Cathedral

Edinburgh, Scotland

Sometimes regarded at the mother church of Presbyterianism, this 900 year-old Cathedral (or the High Kirk) is a prominent feature of the Edinburgh skyline. Dedicated to St. Giles', the patron saint of Edinburgh, the cathedral is one of Scotland's most important and prominent historic buildings. Five services are held every Sunday as well as daily and special services.

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow, Scotland

Built around the 12th century, this Gothic style medieval church is believed to be sitting where Saint Mungo built his church. It is one of the very few that actually survived the reformation without much damage. The cathedral was once the seat of a bishop but it is now home to the Church of Scotland. The church has played part in the battles that took place in Glasgow in 1544 and 1560, and has also been home to the University of Glasgow where the university classes originated.

Amaryllis Fleming Hall, Royal College of Music

London, England

Located in the Royal College of Music, this concert hall can accommodate large orchestras/choirs and features new lighting and sound equipment, perfect for capturing professional shots and recordings of your ensemble! Joint concerts are also possible with the college students for a nice international exchange.

Royal Albert Hall

London, England

This large concert hall in Westminster holds over 5,000 seats and is used for professional ensembles. Every year the hall plays host to hundreds of concerts from jazz, to classical and contemporary. Be sure to stop in for a visit on your tour to London and maybe perform or attend a concert here!

Southwark Cathedral

London, England

On the River Thames lies the Gothic Southwark Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. The venue is suitable for both choirs and orchestras wishing to perform a concert or within a church service. To perform in this venue, your ensemble must be approved in advance!

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury, England

Considered to be one of the leading examples of early English architecture, Salisbury Cathedral is topped with the tallest church spire in the UK. Visitors can take the Tower Tour and view the hollow interior of the spire. The Cathedral also contains the world's oldest working clock (1385 A.D.) and also one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta. With so many treasures housed inside this gem of a church, it's no wonder Salisbury Cathedral is a prestigious venue where our groups love to perform.

Metropolitan Cathedral

Montevideo, Uruguay

This Roman Catholic Church is located in Constitution Square of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city. Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and the patron saints Philip and James, this church is the perfect place to perform your Mass services in Uruguay.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Boston, MA

Faneuil Hall, located near Boston's Government Center, was opened in 1742 and is now one of the most frequented stops in America. Known as the cradle of liberty, this meeting hall has hosted many great speakers of liberty including Samuel Adams and James Otis. Have your voice heard in this historical destination!

Sanders Theatre

Cambridge, MA

Sanders Theater, a 1,000 seat premiere lecture and concert hall, is located in the heart of Harvard's campus. Known for its superior acoustical properties, this concert hall has featured some of Boston's best in a variety of choral and orchestral performances. In addition, many political figures have taken the podium here such as Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Teddy Roosevelt. Don't miss out on bringing your ensemble to this historical venue.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Nashville, TN

Since its inception in 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame has hosted millions of visitors from across the globe. Dedicated to preserving the traditions and history of country music, this museum has a variety of musical exhibits to explore. Ensembles can perform for the daily visitors and can even make a recording in the historic RCA Studio B where Elvis recorded his many hits!

St. Patrick's Cathedral

New York, NY

Since 1879, this Roman Catholic Church has been the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Directly across from Rockefeller Center, this church is in a prime location to attract audiences, bringing in over 5 million visitors per year. With a vigorous application process, guest choirs performing at this church are generally among the top-level choirs from around the world.

Grace Cathedral

San Francisco, CA

Located on Nob Hill in San Francisco, this Episcopal cathedral is an interior architectural gem. If you are looking for some Italian flair, this church has a replica of Ghiberti's Baptistry doors with the original doors located in Florence. Based on the Notre Dame in France, this cathedral also has a labyrinth on the floor said to bring meditative peace to those who walk it. Home to the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, this cathedral is perfect for any choir performance!

Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Theatre

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Also known as the Saigon Opera House, the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City is an impressive venue in Vietnam. Its French colonial architecture mimics, in part, both the Opera Garnier and the Petit Palais in Paris. The venue holds 800 in the audience and can fit large choirs and orchestras with both the use of its main stage and open orchestra pit.