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The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) is pleased to announce that Kelly Ruggirello, executive director of the Long Beach Symphony, has been elected an Emeritus Director of the ACSO Board of Directors. In its 43-year history, Ruggirello becomes only one of 9 other elected Emeritus Directors. Ruggirello has served with distinction on the Board for ten years, three of them as its president. Prior to her appointment to the Long Beach Symphony in 2013, she was the executive director of Pacific Chorale. A sought-after arts consultant and early in her career an elementary school teacher, Ruggirello has created a culture of inclusiveness and thoughtfulness in her professional career. The ACSO membership has been the fortunate recipients of her stewardship. Ruggirello states, “There is no greater honor than being recognized by your professional colleagues, so I am humbled by and deeply grateful for this recognition by such an esteemed state-wide organization.”
Kris Sinclair, retired executive director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) has been elected Executive Director Emeritus, the first such designation in ACSO’s history. Before being hired in 1985, Sinclair was president of the Santa Rosa Symphony League and then on its Board of Directors in the 80s. She moved ACSO World Headquarters to Sacramento in 1987. Sinclair understood what the membership needed from its service organization and built ACSO’s services and programs accordingly. “Working at ACSO has not been so much of a job as a calling – and one that gave me joy each day. I leave this position with the richest store of memories that one could ever imagine,” Sinclair said.
Both votes occurred at the Annual Meeting of Members during the Annual Conference on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
New York, NY (May 4, 2016) – At the League of American Orchestras’ Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, the League will present its highest honor, the Gold Baton, to Kris Sinclair, executive director of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). Sinclair, who is retiring this year after thirty-one years at ACSO’s helm, will receive the award at the League’s Annual Meeting, June 10, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
“Over three decades, Kris Sinclair has been a staunch advocate for orchestras, creating a model state orchestra association through her exemplary leadership,” said League President and CEO Jesse Rosen.
Given annually since 1948 for distinguished service to America’s orchestras, the Gold Baton recognizes individuals and institutions whose far-reaching contributions to the field serve to champion and advance the cause of orchestras and symphonic music throughout the country.
Introduced by Assemblymember Jim Frazier, AB 2855 would require disclosure of administrative and overhead expenses and a copy of the most recent Internal Revenue Service Form 990 filing on a nonprofit's webpage. The bill goes on to propose that violating any of these requirements would be a crime subject to suspension or revocation of the nonprofit's tax-exempt status. It would authorize the Attorney General to take any other enforcement action within its existing powers and duties.
Join ACSO and CalNonprofts in our push to have this harmful bill withdrawn.
Here's how you get help:
1. Call Assemblymember Frazier's office at 916-319-2011 with this message: Withdraw this bill.
2. Send a letter to Assemblymember Frazier's office at the California State Capitol. CalNonprofits is allowing use of their letter as a base.
3. Pass this information on to your nonprofit colleagues and ask them to oppose AB 2855.
Together we can stop this bill.