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Encore’s Professional Networking Weekend for Ensemble Directors

Prel•ude prāˌl(y)o͞od – a beautiful introduction to the main event.

Prelude is Encore Tours' professional development weekend for ensemble directors, which takes place each year in a stunning international setting. Now in its 6th 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 destination’s culture and arts through various sightseeing excursions 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 ensemble tour. Past Prelude Attendees have said this is one of the most valuable aspects of Prelude – not only will you get to meet fellow touring music directors, but you learn tips and best practices about traveling with your musical ensemble which will greatly benefit your musicians on your upcoming tour.

Prelude 2020 will be held in Milan, Italy
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The 5-day weekend will take place over 2020 Martin Luther King weekend.
Join Encore staff and fellow music directors for this unforgettable and truly unique experience.

What Music Directors are saying about Prelude

Prelude 2020 — Milan, Italy

January 16 - 20, 2020

Prelude Inclusions

  • Round trip airfare to Milan
  • Airport transfers in Italy
  • Four-star hotel accommodation in central Milan
  • Sightseeing — guided and free time
  • Welcome reception
  • Food and wine tastings
  • Gala farewell dinner

Musical Highlights

  • Day trip to Cremona to visit the Museo del Violino to hear an original Stradivarius played by a maestro
  • Tickets to an opera or concert
  • Director's workshop
  • Visits to concert venues for touring ensembles
  • Presentation of Ambrosian chant
  • More musical surprises!

How to Qualify

Register By: May 1, 2019 July 1, 2019 October 15, 2019
Number of paying passengers: 20 30 40

How to Register

Once your group is registered to travel in 2020, 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 15, 2019.

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. Returning directors may still choose from our full listing of Global Conferences in alternative destinations, organized by our parent company, ACIS. If your preferred gateway is not listed, please note this on your registration form. Encore Tours will inform you of any additional costs. Prelude is free for ensemble leaders (and one guest) who meet the number of international passengers traveling with Encore Tours to qualify.

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