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)
  • National Association of Catering & Events (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 Live Events Association (ILEA)
  • Professional Wedding Guild of Fort Worth (PWG)

She is a past president of HSMAI, and has servedon 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.



Michelle Garmon CWEP, Vice President

Michelle is a 38 year old Texan that was born and raised in the event industry. She has built many connections and has served on several boards including the Society of Wedding Professionals (SWP) and the Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals (STEP). She has also received her Wedding and Event Planning Certificate from Collin College/Lovegevity. Encore is a family affair for Michelle since she is the heir apparent. She has a fierce passion for music and Entertainment Management, She always thinks ten steps ahead. Her deep belief in education first and foremost has lead to many workshops, educational meetings, and schooling.



Phares Corder

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.



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