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Our Mission

Our Mission

Successful music programs and great music travel go hand in hand. Our customized touring packages help define a sense of purpose for ensembles, build ensemble unity and musicianship and strengthen friendships. They help boost the ensemble's reputation in the community and enhance recruitment and fundraising efforts. And, perhaps the most important, they allow diverse cultures to come together and share in the universal language of music.

But, Encore goes beyond travel. We are committed to supporting music education at home. From our director workshops and professional networking events to our scholarship programs for young musicians, we continue to give back to our musical communities year-round. That's why "taking your music program to new places" is our mission. Whether "places" refers to exciting destinations or supporting your music programs at home, Encore is with you every step of the way.

Encore Tours is the performance division of ACIS Educational Tours, the quality leader in educational travel since 1978.

Meet Our Team

James Matthews

"Over the years since Encore's inception I have been lucky enough to attend countless performances by Encore ensembles all across Europe. My favorite moment is always when the audience rises to applaud the performance and you can see the sense of achievement and joy in the faces of the musicians. There are so many opportunities for making lifelong memories while performing abroad and I love being part of making that happen."

jmatthews@encoretours.com

James Matthews

Director
James Smith

"Travel is the most fun and continuous education! Learning in social and cultural capacities in an international environment enables us to better understand ourselves as well as others; it is extremely rewarding to be part of those life-changing experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. My constant highlight is to see young musicians embark on a first tour with friends and how they develop en route, notably after receiving a standing ovation from a foreign audience with whom they cannot communicate, except through their music."

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James Smith

Regional Director, West
Sabrina Nikolov

"After earning my master's degree in French at a school in Paris, I was ready to come back home and encourage others to get a taste for travel. I am lucky enough to do this on a daily basis working at Encore Tours. I know that everyone who will travel with Encore will have an experience of a lifetime."

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Sabrina Nikolov

Regional Director, East
Sabrina Nikolov

"Having spent 20 years as a professional saxophonist and music educator, I had the unique opportunity to perform with people from all over the world, and witness music's ability to transcend all languages and create an infectiously positive community. With Encore, I am fortunate enough to have a platform to leverage my passion for music education and the performing arts to create the best experience abroad for your group!"

rteague@encoretours.com

Robin Teague

Program Consultant
Frieda Krantz

"My best travel tip is to just buy the ticket! The rest will work out, but only if you get on that plane!"

fkrantz@encoretours.com

Frieda Krantz

Director of Operations
Josh Witt

"I have been lucky enough to find unique travel experiences that have been intertwined with music, and it has been nothing short of life-changing. I am excited for the opportunity to help facilitate others finding the same joy in similar experiences!"

jwitt@encoretours.com

Josh Witt

Program Manager
Albertha Brown

"It's been a joy to tour with groups to China, Greece, the Azores and London. Travel moves me."

abrown@encoretours.com

Albertha Brown

Lead Flights Coordinator
David Solar

"My lifelong love of travel began in high school, while visiting Dominica as part of an international community service program. Since then, my appreciation for the transformative power of travel has only grown as I have seen time and time again how travel changes lives."

dsolar@encoretours.com

David Solar

Director of Marketing
Kyle Baker

"I know firsthand the power of both music and travel and am excited to play a part in helping other groups and ensembles experience all that is out there!"

kbaker@encoretours.com

Kyle Baker

Intern

About the Departments

Tour Consultants: Regional Directors & Managers

Our Tour Consultants, are experts in the art of customizing the perfect music tour experience. They are your partner, ensuring that your goals and preferences are matched to the best opportunities that Encore has to offer. From balancing sightseeing with performances and rehearsal time, to selecting the most inspiring venues, explaining pricing options and customizing activities important to your group, their insider knowledge and commitment to your needs ensures the arrangement of a superior performance travel experience.

Program Managers

Once your itinerary has been composed, your Program Manager becomes your primary contact for pre-trip logistics. From concert management to rooming lists, billing inquiries and more, they are your liaison to the behind-the-scenes Encore team. They work closely with your Tour Consultant to ensure that the unique needs of your group are fulfilled and that everything runs smoothly through the conclusion of the trip. Their focus on the pre-departure details allows you to concentrate on your ensemble.

Operations

Our Operations staff liaise with our worldwide network of experts to find you the best flights and perfect hotels, arrange transportation, secure your desired performance venues, facilitate instrument logistics, arrange cultural activities and more.

Traveler Support

Our Traveler Support department handles all of your passengers' questions. From insurance options, to bills, to the tour itinerary, they will be there for your passengers throughout their Encore experience. Traveler Support can be contacted at accounts@encoretours.com

Affiliations & Partnerships

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AIFS logo
ACDA logo
ASTA Music loho
Chorus America logo
IATA logo
NAFME logo
NBA logo
USTOA logo
AM Parents logo
Band Directors Talk Shop logo
New Horizons Music logo
MASS Creative logo

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