Encore Tours Prelude

Encore's Professional Networking Weekend for Ensemble Directors

Join Encore staff for the annual Prelude event – a free professional development weekend for ensemble directors and a guest* in Salzburg, Austria!

Prelude is centered around exploration of personal and professional development, offering unlimited opportunities for professional networking, cultural experiences, artistic development and a whole lot of fun!

Ensemble leaders will experience Salzburg's culture and arts through various sightseeing excursions and musical performances as well as some very special access to local musical experts and venues.

The event will take place over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend 2018, January 11 - 15.

Travel Highlights Cultural & Musical Highlights
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 nights at a luxury hotel
  • Austrian Welcome Dinner
  • Salzburg city sightseeing
  • Cardinal Schwarzenberg Haus
  • Welcome and presentation by Prof Janos Czifra, Domkappellmeister of Salzburg Cathedral
  • Domquartier
  • Stiftung Mozarteum Grand Concert Hall, Wiener Saal and the Magic Flute hut in the gardens
  • Evening opera performance at the Salzburger Landestheater
  • Mozart's Birth House
  • Mozart Dinner in the Baroque Hall of St. Peter's Monastery
Encore Tours Prelude
"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 continue to seek out musical experiences and musical moments. It is through these experiences that we can continue to motivate and enrich our students' lives."

Why not turn your 5-day weekend into a 6-day weekend?

Prelude attendees have often extended their trip abroad to take advantage of their overseas opportunity and to see as much of Europe as possible! This year, we've taken the hassle out of planning an additional day of travel.

For the first time ever, Encore is offering a two-city Prelude trip and an additional day abroad! For a small fee, add on an adventure-filled day exploring Munich and the beautiful Bavarian countryside before traveling to Salzburg. Encore is excited to offer this extended trip for just $225 per person.

Encore Tours Prelude

Munich & Bavaria Highlights

  • Overnight stay in Munich
  • Munich guided city tour
  • Dinner at the historic Hofbräuhaus
  • Schloß Linderhof palace
  • Trip to the charming Bavarian village of Oberammergau
  • And more!
  • How to Qualify

    Register for an overseas tour by: April 1st, 2017 July 1st, 2017 October 15th, 2017
    No. of paying passengers: 20 30 40

    Available Departure Gateways

    Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington D.C.

    How to Register

    Once your group is registered to travel in 2018, 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, 2017.


    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 provided below, 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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