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Youth Orchestra Confab, hosted by the San Luis Obispo Symphony

The Confab is an event specifically for Youth Orchestra managers - a time to gather together and discuss a wide range of concerns and ideas such as programming, rehearsal spaces, fundraising, challenges to enrollment, touring, etc.

It's a wonderful way to glean from others and to brainstorm solutions to common challenges.

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The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) is searching for its next Executive Director.

ACSO "Ask an Expert" Webinar: The Art of the Relationship: Using Contracts and Negotiations Creatively, Strategically, and Artfully

Speaker: Brian Taylor Goldstein, GG Arts Law

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ACSO Executive Director Sinclair to Retire in September 2016

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) announced on October 1, 2015 that Kris (Saslow) Sinclair will retire from her position as Executive Director after a 31- year tenure leading the organization. The ACSO Board of Directors will begin the search for a new Executive Director in January 2016.

"On behalf of ACSO and its members, partners, and advocates, I would like to thank Kris Sinclair for her incredibly meaningful contributions to making ACSO the network, the voice and the forum for classical music in the West," said Debbie Chinn, President of the ACSO Board. "Her work has always been about bringing people together and creating a vibrant community, and she has advocated tirelessly for music's ability to do the same. The entire Board of ACSO joins me in a heartfelt standing ovation for her three decades of work advocating for music and those that make it, connect us to one another, and inspire us through a shared vision. We wish her much happiness and much great music in her retirement."

"I am deeply honored and privileged to have served in a field for which I have so much passion," said Sinclair. "For me, ACSO has always been about people; the incredible members of ACSO and the passion they have to build, innovate and strengthen their own connections. I have had the great pleasure of being able to nurture a spirit of family and community in everything we do, from our conferences, training, mentoring, and advocacy. I believe we have elevated the awareness of the value and presence of classical music in the state greatly in this time, and we have been blessed with wonderful partners who clearly see the value and necessity for ACSO members' work and service."


ACSO "Ask an Expert" Webinars

 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016