Encore Tours Prelude

Encore's Professional Networking Weekend for Ensemble Directors

Join Encore staff for their annual Prelude event – a professional development weekend for ensemble directors in a stunning international setting.

The weekend is centered around exploration of personal and professional development, offering unlimited opportunities for professional 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.

The 5-day weekend will take place over 2019 Martin Luther King weekend. Join Encore staff and fellow arts leaders for this unforgettable and truly unique experience.

"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."


How to Qualify

Register by: April 1st, 2018 July 1st, 2018 October 15th, 2018
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 2019, 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, 2018.


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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