Encore Tours has been an industry leader for nearly three decades because we are tirelessly committed to delivering high-quality music performance trips for a wide-ranging assortment of groups. Over the years, we have found that no two tours are alike, and that the secret to a truly transformative experience lies in the details. That’s why our dedicated staff is proud to offer fully customizable trips to destinations around the world, always ensuring that the itinerary is ideally suited to your ensemble's interests, size, and ability.

Over 95% of Encore’s past Group Leaders have rated their overall experience as “Good” or “Excellent,” and we know you will agree. In fact, we are so confident that we have guaranteed it! Our Encore Service Guarantee promises that from your first contact with our team to the moment you finish your post-trip review, your experience will be world-class. If you feel that your overall experience does not deserve a “Good” or “Excellent” rating, we will provide a $1,000 scholarship to be used on your next Encore tour.

We have the resources, expertise, and connections needed to consistently deliver an extraordinary trip. That means incredible venues, guaranteed audiences, centrally located hotels, rigorous safety precautions, dedicated program consultants, promotional support, and much more. However, there are a few things that truly separate Encore from the competition.

1. Prelude

Prelude is our 5-day professional development trip held annually in a musically significant destination, and it’s free for qualified Group Leaders and one guest. Prelude is an excellent networking opportunity, but it's also so much more. This one-of-a-kind event includes unique cultural experiences, unbelievable musical performances, professional development opportunities, and plenty of wonderful surprises!

Prelude allows Group Leaders to maximize the impact of their next performance trip by networking with tour managers and fellow musicians, finding inspiration from remarkable venues and unique cultural experiences, and experiencing the Encore difference first-hand.

Past highlights include:

  • A private reception with harpist inside the roof of St Stephen’s Cathedral Farewell Gala dinner at the Hotel Sacher after attending Tosca at Staatsoper
  • A private viewing of Mozart manuscripts in the vault of his house
  • A VIP backstage tour before attending La Traviata at Teatro alla Scala
  • And so many other unforgettable experiences!
Group photo of Prelude attendees

2. Fundraising Assistance

We understand that fundraising is essential to ensuring that every ensemble member is able to join your performance tour, and we offer several services that are unparalleled in the industry. For starters, all groups traveling with Encore Tours receive our “Fabulous Fundraiser” at no additional cost.

So, what is the Fabulous Fundraiser exactly? Groups traveling on an international trip with 30 or more participants automatically receive a free five-day trip for two to either London or Paris. This includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations in central city locations.

Winners can choose to travel over either Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend or Veterans Day Weekend, and the trip can be raffled off to help defray the cost of your performance tour or provide scholarships to participants requiring additional financial support. In fact, some groups have raised upwards of $35,000 through their raffle!

Not planning to travel internationally? That’s not a problem. Groups traveling on a domestic performance tour with 30 or more participants will receive two domestic airline tickets (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) to use as a fundraiser, with a maximum value of $1,000 total.

In addition to the Fabulous Fundraiser, every Encore Tours passenger has access to their own Personal Fundraising Page to use as a crowdfunding platform. This is just another way Encore helps ensemble’s raise money for their tour and ensure that all of your group members have the opportunity to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

Paris Eiffel Tower at night

3. Convenient Payment System

We know that collecting money from all of your group members can be a daunting task, which is why we have made the billing and collection process so much easier. All passengers are equipped with their own online trip account, and directors can monitor tour details.

Passengers can also sign up for automatic payments, which is a helpful tool for controlling your trip budget. You can determine your ideal payment frequency, with options including every two weeks, every four weeks, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment is free, and payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. The best part is that all participants who enroll in automatic payments are eligible to win a free trip, with winners announced in February of your travel year.

4. Graduate-Level Credits

Through our partnership with Courses4Teachers and University of the Pacific, we are extremely proud to offer our Group Leaders up to three graduate-level professional development credits. These continuing education credits are accepted by school districts across the country and can be used to fulfill salary advancement and recertification requirements.

For more information about the options available to your group, please select the performance trip that best matches your ensemble.

At Encore, we are dedicated to "taking your music program to new places.”

Regardless of whether that means bringing your ensemble on an exciting international performance or supporting your music program at home, Encore is with you every step of the way. There are countless fantastic benefits for Group Leaders and Passengers, so why not speak with one of our team members today?

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