The Association of California Symphony Orchestras was founded in 1969 at Asilomar by a small group of committed orchestra managers who believed in the power of personal networking. More than 40 years later, ACSO remains the hub of California’s vibrant classical music community by providing a variety of services to its 400+ members including networking, mentorship, resource sharing, advocacy, and professional development. The early years.
Membership is open to orchestras, choruses and classical music presenters of all sizes, symphony leagues and guilds, youth orchestras, festivals, artist management firms, businesses, and individuals associated with orchestras or wishing to access our services.
ACSO is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors who hail from arts organizations all over the state of California.
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.
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.
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 takes pride in its capacity to be accessible to and to provide timely and valuable information to its members
Service - ACSO's programs and services are valuable and are affordable