March 23, 2023     Encore Tours

How to Choose the Perfect Performance Venue for Your Ensemble


Choosing the right performance venue is a critical part of planning a successful music tour, and we’re proud to offer a wide variety of venues ranging from historic cathedrals to world-class performance halls. Our team of tour consultants, program managers, and overseas partners work together to ensure that each of your performances takes place at the perfect venue; whether it’s a scenic outdoor venue like Terme Tettuccio in Montecatini, a special and intimate venue like the J.K. Tyla Theater in Trebon, or one of the most prestigious classical performance venues like Vienna’s Musikverein.

A great venue can elevate the experience for your ensemble and audience alike, but choosing the right venue can feel like a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect performance venue for your ensemble.

Consider the Size of the Venue

Selecting a performance venue of the appropriate size is an essential consideration when planning your ensemble’s tour. The size of the venue should fit the size of the ensemble, as performing in a space that is too small or too large can have a significant impact on the quality of the performance.

For smaller ensembles, more intimate settings like a church, jazz club, or a school auditorium can provide a comfortable and appropriate performance space. These venues can offer a sense of intimacy and closeness between performers and the audience. Additionally, older historic venues can also provide an excellent setting for smaller ensembles, especially those that perform classical or traditional music.

For larger ensembles, concert halls or outdoor stages may be more appropriate. These venues are typically designed to accommodate large audiences and offer a more expansive performance space. Concert halls can also offer advanced acoustics and technical equipment that can enhance the sound quality of the performance. On the other hand, outdoor stages can provide an open-air atmosphere that can be ideal for certain types of music and performances.

Ultimately, selecting the right venue size for your ensemble depends on several factors, including the number of musicians in the ensemble, the type of music being performed, the size of the intended audience, and the overall goals and expectations for the performance.

Consider the Type of Venue

Choosing between a modern or historic venue is a crucial decision when planning a performance tour for your ensemble. Each type of venue has its unique advantages and disadvantages, which should be weighed carefully before making a final decision.

Historic venues can offer a truly unique and memorable setting for your performance. These venues can have a rich history and unique architecture that can add an extra level of charm and character to your performance. However, these venues may also come with limitations on the type of music you can perform. For example, if you’re planning to perform modern music, many older venues will not allow it, as they typically focus on preserving their cultural heritage through the performance of traditional or classical music.

On the other hand, new venues can offer advanced acoustics and technical equipment that can enhance the sound quality of your performance. They can also be more flexible in terms of the type of music you can perform, as they are typically less bound by cultural or historical restrictions.

The decision of whether to choose a new or historic venue will depend on your ensemble’s specific goals and needs for the performance tour. By carefully considering the advantages and disadvantages of each option, you can choose a venue that meets your needs and provides an unforgettable experience for both your ensemble and audience. And of course, we can also help you craft an itinerary with multiple performances that perfectly balances both of these venue types.


When selecting a performance venue for your ensemble’s international tour, location is a crucial factor to consider. A well-located venue can make it easier for your audience to attend and can also provide opportunities for your ensemble to explore other attractions and destinations in the area.

If you’re performing in a major city, you may want to choose a venue that is easily accessible by public transportation or within walking distance of popular tourist destinations. This can make it more convenient for your audience to attend and can also help to attract a larger and more diverse crowd.

In addition to the location of the venue itself, you should also consider the accessibility for both your ensemble and the audience. If the venue is in a busy city center, you may need to allocate more time to ensure our team can deal with all of the logistical issues on the day of the performance. If you are traveling with individuals with disabilities, our team can ensure we select venues with sufficient accessibility — an important consideration as many historic European venues don’t have the same level of accessibility as traditional American venues.

If you’re planning on visiting other cities or landmarks while on tour, you may want to choose a venue that is centrally located and easy to access from those destinations. This can make it more efficient and cost-effective to travel between different locations, allowing you to make the most of your time and resources while on tour.


As we mentioned earlier, it’s important to consider whether the repertoire you’ve chosen is appropriate for your intended venues. Different venues may have specific requirements or restrictions regarding the type of music that can be performed. For example, churches may have restrictions on the type of music that can be performed and may only allow liturgical or gospel music. Similarly, historic venues may maintain a focus on traditional or classical music.

If you’re uncertain about whether your repertoire is appropriate for a particular venue, our team can provide guidance and recommendations on which venues may be best suited for your ensemble’s specific style and preferences. We can also suggest alterations to your repertoire or provide advice on how to adapt your performance to better align with the requirements of the venue. You can even visit our repertoire library and see what type of songs previous traveling ensembles have chosen at your desired venues.

By doing your research and working with an experienced team like Encore Tours, you can select the best venues for your ensemble’s tour and ensure that your music is well-received by audiences around the world.


When selecting a performance venue, one of the most critical factors to consider is the acoustics of the space. The acoustics of a venue can have a significant impact on the quality of the performance. Good acoustics can enhance the sound of an ensemble, while poor acoustics can detract from the performance, making it difficult for performers to hear each other and making the music sound flat and lifeless.

One option is to choose a modern venue with excellent acoustics. Modern venues often incorporate advanced sound systems and acoustic design features that can enhance the sound quality of an ensemble’s performance. These venues can offer a pristine and polished sound, and their technical equipment can enable the ensemble to achieve a more precise and accurate performance. Modern venues can also offer greater flexibility in terms of staging, lighting, and sound control, allowing the ensemble to create a more immersive and engaging performance experience.

On the other hand, some ensembles may prefer to perform in an older, historic venue where the setting is more important than the sound quality. These venues may offer unique architectural features or historical significance that can add to the atmosphere and overall experience of the performance. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that older venues may have less-than-ideal acoustics and technical limitations. This can make it challenging to achieve optimal sound quality and may require the ensemble to adjust its performance to the venue’s limitations.

The decision to prioritize either the sound quality or the setting of a venue will depend on the priorities of the ensemble and the overall goals of the performance. However, it’s essential to consider the acoustics of the venue carefully and weigh the trade-offs between the venue’s unique features and the quality of the performance.

Venue Amenities

Consider the amenities that the venue offers, such as dressing rooms, restrooms, and technical equipment. Does the venue have the necessary equipment for your performance, such as sound and lighting equipment? Is there space for your ensemble to warm up and prepare for the performance?


Performance venues can vary widely in cost, so be sure to consider your budget when making your selection. Keep in mind that some venues may offer discounts for non-profit organizations or off-peak times. If you’re traveling with a large ensemble, it’s easier to defray the cost of performing in a large, prestigious venue — and we’ll always help with promotion to ensure a large and enthusiastic audience.

In conclusion, choosing the perfect performance venue for your ensemble requires careful consideration of several factors. By considering your ensembles needs, determining your top priorities for each performance, and considering whether your repertoire is appropriate, we can ensure that your ensemble selects venues that greatly enhance your performances.

Selecting venues for an international performance tour requires careful planning, coordination, and consideration. That’s why it’s so important to work with experienced tour operators and local guides who have knowledge of the local music scene and can help you navigate any language or cultural barriers. With careful planning and coordination, your ensemble can successfully select venues that enhance your performance and create a memorable tour experience for both performers and audiences.

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