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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 seventh 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 setting for Prelude 2021 is TBD. Please check back for more information.

The 5-day weekend will take place over the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
Join Encore staff and fellow music directors for this unforgettable and truly unique experience.

What Music Directors are saying about Prelude

How to Qualify

Register By: May 1, 2020 July 1, 2020 October 15, 2020
Number of paying passengers: 20 30 40

How to Register

Once your group is registered to travel in 2021, 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, 2020.

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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