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We are delighted to announce the destination for Prelude 2023 – Budapest, Hungary! A country with a rich musical heritage that includes Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, Hungary is also renowned for their tradition of hospitality and exquisite cuisine. The capital city of Budapest offers many historic sights, incredible concert venues, and beautiful palaces.

Dates: January 12-16, 2023

Highlights include:

  • Welcome reception and dinner
  • Private masterclass at the Liszt Academy
  • Guided tour of the Parliament Building
  • Concert at world-class venue
  • Farewell dinner

Encore’s Professional Networking Weekend for Ensemble Directors

Prelude – a beautiful introduction to the main event.

Prelude is Encore Tours' professional development weekend for ensemble directors, which takes place each year in a musically significant destination. Now in its eighth year, Prelude is a unique event that 100% of over 200+ attending directors have rated as 'excellent' and beyond. The weekend is centered around exploration of personal and professional development, offering unlimited opportunities for networking, cultural experiences and artistic development. Ensemble leaders will experience the local culture and arts through various sightseeing excursions, culinary delights, and professional performances.

In addition, directors will participate in a workshop with travel experts and fellow directors where they will discuss ways to enhance their programs through their upcoming performance tour. Past Prelude attendees have consistently identified the workshop as one of the most valuable aspects of Prelude – not only will you get to meet fellow touring music directors, but you will also learn tips and best practices about traveling with your musical ensemble, which will greatly benefit your musicians on your upcoming tour.


The 5-day weekend will take place over the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
Join Encore staff and fellow music directors for this unforgettable and truly unique experience.


This past November, a group of music directors and their guests joined the Encore staff for Prelude 2021 in Budapest, Hungary for a wonderful weekend filled with learning opportunities, delicious gastronomical delights, engaging cultural experiences, incredible musical highlights, and many other fun surprises!

Learn More About Prelude 2021

What Music Directors are saying about Prelude

How to Qualify

Register By: July 1, 2022 October 15, 2022
Number of paying passengers: 20 25

How to Register

Once your group is registered to travel in 2023, fill out a Prelude Registration Form for you and our Companion Registration Form for your traveling companion, then submit to your Encore Tour Consultant. We'll take it from there!

All registration forms must be submitted no later than October 1, 2022.

Prelude is designed by musicians for musicians and we know you will love it! A maximum of two spots per organization is allowed on our Prelude event. If unable to attend, you may choose a cash option of $1,000 or a travel scholarship of $2,000. Encore Tours will inform you of any additional costs. Prelude is free for ensemble leaders (and one guest) who meet the minimum number of international passengers traveling with Encore Tours needed to qualify.

Gateway Cities

The following list of gateway cities can be booked for no additional fees. Note: Encore cannot guarantee requests for specific airports where multiple options exist, such as New York City's JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports.

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