Directors/Group Leaders

Leading an Encore performance trip is easy. Whether a choir, orchestra, band or other ensemble, our staff takes care of the pre-trip details and planning, freeing you to focus on preparing your group to perform.

Your ensemble's unique spirit inspires its finest performances. As a director, you know that spirit better than anyone. That's why the Encore team works closely with you or your alternate Group Leader to plan custom created trips that match your group's goals, interests, and performance strengths.

Customize Your Tour

Are you ready to take your ensemble to new places? Get a quote from one of our tour consultants who will help you customize a performance trip to meet your goals.

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What to Expect

Part of delivering a first-rate performance trip means providing you with the best resources for promoting, performing and enjoying your trip. Below are some of the highlights you can expect:

Dynamic venues

Encore's strong ties with arts, civic and religious organizations around the world give you access to any type of venue you can imagine; from prestigious concert halls to stunning cathedrals to festivals and outdoor venues.

Guaranteed audiences

You deserve an appreciative audience. We work tirelessly to choose dynamic venues that have a strong history of audience attendance. We provide extensive advertising via printed posters, local press, and individual mailings.

 

Balanced Itinerary

Encore's skilled Tour Consultants work with directors to custom-create itineraries based on each ensemble's unique repertoire, experience and interest. We guarantee a tour with the perfect balance between rehearsals, performances and sightseeing.

We Do The Logistics, You Do The Music

Whether it's arranging for instrument rentals overseas, coordinating the repertoire for a joint performance with a European ensemble, organizing transportation of large instruments with the airlines, booking instrument trucks, or helping a passenger who lost their passport—Encore handles it all.

 

Central Three- Or Four-Star Hotels

Time is money and comfort is key. On an Encore tour you'll be staying in three- or four-star hotels near the heart of what you came to see.

Roundtrip Flights and Guaranteed Fares

With over thirty years of experience, Encore has established group contract fares with all major airlines. We confirm flight arrangements early for the best possible flights and coordinate instrument transportation as needed.

 

Insurance for All

Included in the price for all travelers is Basic Protection plan coverage. All participants have the option to upgrade from basic protection for enhanced medical coverage, cancellation protection and even instrument insurance!

Billing's a breeze

Afraid invoices and billing questions will eat up your time? Not with Encore. We'll invoice your participants individually and field their questions directly. And with "My Account," Group Leaders have 24/7 access to their group's information, and participants have 24/7 access to their individual account.

 

Expert Staff

How will you know if your tour company is dedicated to your success? When your audiences yell ENCORE. From your first steps in building your ensemble, to your final curtain call on the world stage, we consider you part of our family.

Global Presence

ACIS/Encore has its own offices in London, Paris, Madrid and Rome, and works with affiliated offices throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia and the United States. In addition to the overseas staff network, there's 24-hour access to US staff while you're traveling.

Who's Traveling

Encore Tours creates custom performance trips and arts appreciation trips for any ensemble/group type. Our skilled tour consultants work with ensemble directors to learn their group's goals, interests and performance strengths, and to make their vision of the perfect trip a reality.

Youth Bands, Choirs and Orchestras

High School Bands, Choirs and Orchestras

College Bands, Choirs and Orchestras

Adult Band, Choirs and Orchestras

Dance Troupes

Music Appreciation Groups

Patrons of the Arts

Theater Groups

and more!

Director Benefits

Directors and Assistants Travel FREE

Encore accommodates each group's individual need for chaperones and companions. FREE trips are rewarded to directors and assistants based on a specially created ratio according to the number of participants enrolled.

Single Room

Single accommodations are provided free of charge for Encore Directors.

Ultimate Protection Plan Coverage

Enjoy peace of mind with coverage under Encore's Ultimate Protection Plan. Included is also $1,000 instrument coverage should you choose to bring a personal instrument.

Extended Travel

For directors who wish to stay on after their tour to explore, vacation, or simply relax, we'll book a later flight from any major gateway and waive your return fee.

Professional Networking Events for Director

Encore hosts regular professional networking events for music directors which include Prelude overseas for our traveling directors and our Etude workshop series open to the public which focuses on addressing challenges facing music directors today.

Prelude & Free Global Conferences

Traveling directors can qualify for Prelude, our annual complimentary international musical tour overseas. Repeat directors may instead opt for an ACIS/Encore Global Conference at one of the many locations around the world. All trips include airfare, accommodations, excursions, and more for you and a companion. Learn more.

Cash Rewards & Stipends

Too busy to participate in Prelude or a Global Conference? Encore would still like to reward you for getting a group together with a cash bonus to be paid directly to you, to be used as a donation to your ensemble or as travel scholarship money for deserving performers. Directors may also earn stipends based on the number of traveling participants and the cost of the trip.

Referral Bonus

If you're happy with Encore, share the news! Refer a colleague and when they lead a group for the first time we'll send you cash up to $2,000.

Graduate Level Credits for Music Teachers

We're here to help you earn Graduate Level Professional Development Semester Units/Credits for the additional hours of dedication you donate to your ensemble. Your Encore Tours Sales Consultant has all the details you need to obtain your 1, 2, or 3 credit transcript at the conclusion of your tour.