The ACSO Annual Conference centers around the field’s needs and is in response to industry challenges and trends for more than 200 attendees.


Join us for three days of professional development in Los Angeles! This year's conference includes 18 breakout sessions, four plenary sessions, and ample networking opportunities. 

This year, the Annual Conference is hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) in conjunction with the Take a Stand Symposium, which bring together leaders, teachers, and key stakeholders from around the world with a vested interest in the El Sistema movement and progressive practices in music education. Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA), participants will address and reflect on past, present, and future issues facing the field. 

We are excited to announce these new additions to the conference schedule!

Friday Morning Plenary - Case Study: State of the Arts in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has long been touted as the global capital of creativity and a haven for creative people, from actors, to designers, to visual and performing artists. In fact, L.A.'s creative economy accounts for one in seven salaried jobs in the region. Where do orchestras and musicians fit into this equation? Hear from a stellar panel of leaders from our field about their thoughts on the role of orchestras in L.A.'s creative sector and their predictions on the future influence of classical music in the greater arts world. Panelist include:

  • Grant Gershon, artistic director, Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Chad Smith, chief operating officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Lora Unger, chief executive officer, Pasadena Symphony and POPS
  • Moderated by Gail Eichenthal, chief engagement officer, USC Radio Group

League of American Orchestras's Essentials of Orchestra Management Program

ACSO is excited to host the League of American Orchestra's Essentials of Orchestra Management program and participants at conference. The League invites you to join them on July 20 for two special breakout sessions on education and community engagement, led by:

  • Jennifer Barlament, executive director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Simon Woods, president and CEO, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel Joins the Conference Line-Up

We are excited to announce that Gustavo Dudamel, music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will join us on Friday, July 21 for a special joint session with the Take a Stand Symposium.