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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
Prelude – a beautiful introduction to the main event.
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
“There is nothing quite like being in a roomful of folks who know what it's like to take a bunch of musicians on tour. Who else really understands that? It was great to hear all the stories and to get the benefit of all that experience.”
“Doing Prelude makes me feel that I’m valued and that the work I do is valuable work. The places we go and what we experience, it’s just first class and I feel first class. And that’s a wonderful feeling.”
“What can I say? I am a huge fan of Prelude… I have to say that there is nothing like being together with the awesome Encore team and the always incredible group of fellow musicians that make up the Prelude "family"--and I really mean "family", which it has come to be over the years. We learn, we share, we experience, and we take this back to our respective groups.”
“Gaining insights from the collective wisdom of fellow directors is invaluable. I was able to address two topics that have been problematic from my previous tours. Site inspections are also extremely helpful. A big bonus is that I made new friendships that will continue well beyond Prelude.”
"This is my first Prelude and I've really enjoyed meeting other band directors who are also taking their ensembles overseas."
“Your thoroughly planned weekend made [us] feel like very special guests. You also reminded us how important it is to make sure that music educators must continue to seek out musical experiences and musical moments to enrich our lives. It is through these renewing experiences that will help us continue to motivate and enrich our students’ lives.”
|Register By:||July 1, 2022||October 15, 2022|
|Number of paying passengers:||20||25|
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.
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.