Melinda Corder CMP, President & Owner of Encore Productions

Melinda is well known, loved and respected in the industry! Through her love of music and years of experience as a musician she graduated college with both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Business Administration Degrees. Melinda later earned the designation of Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She has put her education to good use assisting clients for over 20 years beginning with Phares Corder Entertainment and now as Owner and President of Encore Productions.

Encore belongs to several professional associations such as

  • Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association (AMF)
  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • National Association of Catering Executives (NACE)
  • Society of Wedding Professionals (SWP)
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)
  • Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals (STEP)
  • Texas Alliance of Convention Meeting and Operations Managers (TxACOM)
  • Intl Special Events Society (ISES)
She is a past president of HSMAI, and currently serving on the boards of TxACOM and STEP. One of Melinda's proudest accomplishments is serving for over ten years as Chairman of a scholarship board that awards scholarships to deserving students.

Melinda is known for developing lasting relationships with her clients, and in doing so has the knowledge to provide absolutely perfect entertainment and event planning for every occasion.

Beverly Schmidt, Event Consultant

Beverly has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years and has loved working with clients and entertainers alike. She has a passion for music and has discovered many wonderful acts. Bev has been booking live bands and all sorts of entertainers from cigar rollers to full orchestras. She booked disk jockeys at one of the largest DJ companies in the Dallas area. She has coordinated events from small, intimate weddings to large corporate events, and her clients adore her. She is a member of Society of Wedding Professionals (SWP) and Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals (STEP). Encore is proud to have her as one of our own.

Phares Corder, Vice-President

Phares attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master's degree in Applied Trumpet. He was conductor for over 50 beauty pageants, telethons and corporate shows working with many noted celebrities such as Bob Hope, Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Cher, to name a few.

The Phares Corder Orchestra & Singers remain active throughout the Southwest area performing at wedding receptions, conventions, shows and a variety of events throughout Texas. The Orchestra has performed for both Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush.

Phares currently teaches at Richland Community College and in Plano. He has many years of experience booking live music entertainment of all types.

Michelle Garmon, Event Consultant

Michelle is our newest addition to Encore. She is taking care of our social media as well as consulting with clients. She has a great ear and is always on the prowl for new, great entertainers. With her bubbly personality and youthful viewpoint, she is a great point of contact for brides and executives alike.

Encore has won a few awards over the years, such as:
  • JWI Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Best Entertainment Agency in Dallas - The Knot Magazine
  • Best Entertainment Agency - D Magazine
  • Texas Star Awards - Team Effort over $50,000
  • Texas Star Awards - Team Effort over $100,000

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