Based on your band's size, experience, ability and repertoire, we'll hand-pick appropriate indoor or outdoor venues just for you. We guarantee your venue will be suitable for your ensemble.
We take care of all your instrument and equipment rental needs. Whether you need a tuba, sound system or large percussion instruments, we'll handle it for you.
Coach space is limited with your group's luggage. Upon request, we'll book an additional instrument truck to travel alongside your group carefully transporting your instruments.
We'll keep your instruments in a safe, separate location at your hotel, plus, we'll work with your venues or coach driver to ensure a safe storage space for your things during the performances.
Your Program Managers will work with you to determine how much time you will need and will coordinate this with your chosen venues.
Both our Comprehensive and Ultimate Insurance plans offer instrument insurance for traveling passengers. Upgrade to additional insurance by speaking with your Tour Consultant.
Your band's press kit is of the utmost importance when requesting to play in venues overseas. Our Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Band's Press Kit will guide you along the process of how to put this together.
Whether playing in an outdoor bandstand or a beautiful concert hall, repertoire selection is key to a successful band trip. We'll help you select your touring repertoire and pass it along to your venues for approval.
Uniforms, tuxedos or something else? We'll keep you informed of what band attire you'll need to bring and we'll even book your changing rooms in advance.
We know that your band's balance is important during your recruitment strategies. We'll help you keep an eye on your instrumentation as passengers register and can even hire ringers if you need them!
Looking to work with a local band while playing overseas? Want a workshop with a local band director? Or want to raise money for a certain charity during your performance? Ask us to include some of these options in your proposal.
"Encore's service and attention to detail was top notch. The Encore staff directed and assisted me through the myriad of details that it takes to put a trip together. The request for information is well organized and sequenced through the process so that it is not overwhelming. Their assistance in working through the problems of traveling with instruments was invaluable."
"We had an amazing experience with Encore. Sabrina and Maggie are absolutely amazing. They answered every panicked phone call and set my mind at ease on numerous occasions. I was treated as though I was their only client."
"Encore really thinks of everything - so well run, easy to participate, and truly a meaningful and impactful experience. I gained such great insight into the goals and strives of the organization and realized that there is no question that your company is extremely good at what it does! Thank you for that this incredible experience!"
"The venues we performed in were incredibly humbling and beautiful. I will never forget the sense of awe and the gasp the students collectively had when they heard the echo after the cut off of the last note of our finale during rehearsal."
Your French Canadian tour begins in Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world and home to a rich tradition of jazz music. Next, it's on to Quebec City with its fortified walls and cobblestones streets that will make you feel like you're in Europe!Full Itinerary
Welcome to the Big Apple, one of the greatest cities on earth! With the best of everything, there's a new adventure waiting for you everywhere you go.Full Itinerary
Multiple nights in Venice, Florence and Rome with performances in each location highlight this 9-day Italian itinerary. You'll explore the very best of all 3 cities including St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice, the Duomo and Michelangelo's David in Florence and the Sistine Chapel and Colosseum in Rome. In addition, you'll visit the lovely Tuscan village of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, to explore the wonderful Basilica.Full Itinerary
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every spring, Dublin is proud to host the St. Patrick's Day Festival, a 4-day international extravaganza. Imagine marching past Trinity College, Dublin Castle and City Hall while playing your music to a crowd of thousands! Travel with your band to the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade for an experience of a lifetime!
Plus perform in the prestigious Limerick International Band Festival, explore Dublin and Belfast, and more. Apply today!
Rhythms International Festivals offer musical groups in the USA and Canada a unique adjudicated festival experience. Each festival is a non-competitive, educational event where ensembles perform in local venues for three expert adjudicators. Every group receives a full hour on stage which includes time for their performance and a Masterclass with a clinician. The festival wraps up with an Awards Banquet dinner and dance, featuring a live band and jam session where students are invited to play. View our sample 4 day itinerary!
Take part in this extraordinary Music Festival in the heart of Normandy. Steeped in history, the area offers many unique venues for concerts and master classes. Benefit from the expertise of renowned professionals and dialogue with them as well as fellow performers. Then enjoy beautiful countryside and dramatic seaside cliffs of Normandy as you set out to discover the Loire Valley and the monuments, museums and unforgettable sights of Paris, the City of Lights. Click here to learn more.