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ACSO 2021 Annual Conference Online: August 2-6


Recordings of the conference plenary sessions will be available on-demand through October 31, 2021 to all those who registered for the convening. You can access those recordings by logging in to the virtual conference platform using your conference login credentials. If you need help logging in, email [email protected]

The theme of the 2021 Annual Conference was Coming Together, Breaking Through. The sessions were designed to help us lift our heads from the daily grind of solving problems and adapting to non-stop change, and come together as a community. We heard from new and impactful voices, thought more deeply, and made breakthrough revelations about the big-picture issues and opportunities for our field as we move into a period of recovery.


Instead of traditional breakout sessions, the week-long virtual conference featured a series of plenary talks delivered by preeminent change-makers, thought-leaders, advocates, artists, and innovators. The conference also gave ACSO members the chance to network with old friends and meet new colleagues through facilitated peer forums and idea exchanges.

Keynotes, plenary sessions, and networking discussions centered around these topics:
• Equity in action
• Future relevance for orchestras
• Community-centric fundraising
• Post-COVID organizational and leadership shifts
• What’s next in arts advocacy
• Creating authentic community relationships


CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE
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
Julia Rael, ACSO Staff
Alice Sauro, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera/ACSO Board
Sarah Weber, ACSO Staff


Looking for highlights from the past 51 years of ACSO Conferences? Check out our Past Conferences Page.