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Save the Date for ACSO's 2021 Annual Conference Online: August 2-6

2021 Annual Conference Online Coming Together, Breaking Through August 2-6We are excited to announce that ACSO’s 2021 Annual Conference will again be a one-week virtual event from August 2-6!   

After the success and record attendance of our virtual conference last year, you told us that you valued the ease, flexibility, and accessibility of a digital convening. We want to provide that experience again while we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our members.

And for the second year in a row, conference sessions will be free to attend for members and non-members alike, with a “pay what you can” option for those who feel inspired and are able to support ACSO’s programs.

The theme of the conference is Coming Together, Breaking Through, and the full schedule, speaker lineup, and chance to register are coming soon! 

Instead of traditional breakout sessions, our week-long virtual conference will be comprised of a series of plenary talks delivered by preeminent change-makers, thought-leaders, advocates, artists, and innovators. The conference will also give ACSO members the chance to network with old friends and meet new colleagues through facilitated peer forums and idea exchanges. Networking breakouts are only for ACSO members as a benefit of membership.

This year’s conference will give us a chance to lift our heads up from the daily grind of solving problems and adapting to non-stop change. The conference will allow us to come together to hear from new and impactful voices, think more deeply, and have break through revelations about the big-picture issues and opportunities for our field.

Session themes may include (subject to change):

  • Orchestras and equity
  • What’s next in arts advocacy
  • New fundraising approaches
  • Future relevance for orchestras
  • Post-covid organizational and leadership shifts
  • Creating impactful community exchange
  • Future of live performance


Chair: Amber Joy Weber, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory/ACSO Board
Anthony Crespo, Downey Symphony/ACSO Staff
Caroline Firman, Sacramento Master Singers/ACSO Staff
Mieko Hatano, Oakland Symphony
Giuliano Kornberg, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera
Chrysa Kovach, ACSO Staff
Kathryn Martin, Santa Barbara Symphony/ACSO Board
Alice Sauro, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera/ACSO Board
Sarah Weber, ACSO Staff

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