About Us

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) was founded in 1969 by a small group of committed orchestra managers who believed in the power of personal networking.

ACSO serves nearly 2,000 orchestras, business, and individuals linked together by their passion for classical music - a focused and dynamic cohort of arts professionals, musicians, conductors, artist managers, emerging leaders, students, donors, patrons, and trustees.

ACSO is governed by a Board of Directors who hail from arts organizations all over the state of California. ACSO's headquarters are in Los Angeles, but has staff in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Mission

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras provides essential leadership and resources to classical music producers and presenters, encouraging and supporting their artistic, organizational, and fiscal development.

Vision

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras will be recognized as the pre-eminent leader in providing programs and services to assist, educate, and act as advocate for classical music producers and presenters in California and the region.

As the collective force for orchestras in California and the region, ACSO will be the voice, the forum and the network in service to its members, and the preeminent leader to connect and advocate for its members.

Core Values

The essential and enduring tenets of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras are:

People - ACSO is defined by and derives its strength from its members
Connectedness - ACSO encourages and provides constructive interaction among classical music producers and presenters
Resource Sharing - ACSO gathers and distributes needed information to and among its members
Access - ACSO provides timely, valuable and affordable information to its members