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Ask an Expert Webinar: Social Media to Reach and Engage Your Audience

Does your orchestra have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., and feel you're not using it effectively to reach targeted populations? Join Anne Longmore, director of marketing at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and a public relations professor at Humber College in this 75-minute online learning program to discuss social media strategies and goals to help you reach engage those audiences.

Register at: 

2017 Youth Orchestra Confab

Hosted by San Luis Obispo Symphony.

The Youth Orchestra Confab is an event specifically for Youth Orchestra Managers and/or Music Education Directors - a time to gather together and discuss a wide range of concerns and ideas such as programming, rehearsal spaces, fundraising, challenges to enrollment, etc.  It's a wonderful way to glean from others and to brainstorm solutions to common challenges. 

If you have questions, please contact Brett Malta, YS Manager of the San Luis Obispo Symphony at

Click here to Register!
($75.00 - fee covers the confab, lunch and hospitality)

2017 Festivals Confab

Hosted by the Redlands Bowl

The Festivals Confab is an event specifically for executive/managing directors of California's classical music festivals - a time to gather together for professional development, peer learning, and an opportunity to discuss a wide range of concerns and ideas affecting the field.

Hotel Information:
Ayers Hotel - Redlands | Room Rate $99 single/double
1015 West Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92374
To make a reservation, please call 909.335.9024 x403, and mention ACSO Festivals Confab, or make your reservation on line by clicking HERE.
Reservations must be made by January 13.

If you have questions, please contact Bettina Swigger, executive director of Festival Mosaic at

Please complete this form to register for the confab:

Registration form

Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising

Professional Development Seminar in San Francisco, CA on February 16, 2017

Want to give your organization an opportunity to significantly increase the potential of the board’s development efforts? Attend Powerful Boards, Purposeful Fundraising, a professional development seminar presented by the League of American Orchestras' Noteboom Governance Center. Register Here.

This seminar is presented by the League of American Orchestras in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO).

Improve the Odds of Successfully Accomplishing Your Fundraising Mission

It's never been more important for the board and staff to work together effectively to solicit financial support for your organization. Perfect for board-staff-volunteer teams, this practical session addresses the complementary roles board members play in their organization's governance and resource development.

The session begins with a close look at board recruitment, structure, operations, and culture, knowing that weak boards don't raise funds effectively. The second part of the session focuses on how to involve board members in effective fundraising and their role in supporting your bequest and planned giving program.

Topics Covered in This Day-Long Session Will Include:

  • Trends impacting governance and fundraising in the nonprofit sector
  • Why some nonprofits confuse volunteering with governance
  • Legal obligations of nonprofit boards
  • How great boards profile before recruiting
  • Why term limits are essential for a fundraising board
  • How successful fundraising is not about asking for money

Who Should Attend?
Board members, executive directors/CEOs, senior development staff, and volunteers who have fundraising or governance responsibilities. To derive the maximum benefit and truly multiply the force of your development efforts, teams of board and staff members are encouraged to attend.

Your Seminar Leader
Chuck Loring, a senior partner of Loring, Sternberg & Associates, has consulted on governance matters with, among other orchestras, the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 8:30am- 4:00pm
Registration opens at 8:00am
Lunch is included

Davies Symphony Hall (home of the San Francisco Symphony)
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

$245 per person for League and/or ACSO members ($295 for non-members)

Click here for online registration.

Please plan to join us at a reception after the seminar from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.

And while they last, get specially priced tickets to that evening's performance by the San Francisco Symphony (purchase by January 31, 2017 required).

John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Social justice, political unrest, miracles, and resurrection. Join the San Francisco Symphony in celebrating John Adams’ 70th birthday with “the most sophisticated, majestic, and moving [music] of his career.” (Los Angeles Times) With a libretto by Peter Sellars built on texts and poems from feminist writers and social activists.

Concert 8:00 pm.

This seminar, offered through the League’s Noteboom Governance Center, is made possible, in part, by generous grants from the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The League’s Noteboom Governance Center is supported by leadership gifts from Richard and Kay Fredericks Cisek, The Clinton Family Fund, Marcia and John Goldman, and the Sargent Family Foundation.


Ask an Expert Webinar: Fundraising Planning

Join us as we examine the foundation of building a comprehensive fundraising program, including setting annual fundraising goals and creating an effective written fundraising plan. Click here to register.