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ACSO 2019 Annual Conference

The 2019 Annual Conference kicks off ACSO’s 50th Anniversary celebrations by coming back to the place where it all began: in Monterey! Monterey is ACSO’s birthplace and the site of the very first ACSO gathering in 1969. Half a century later, orchestras and classical music presenters across the state are vibrant, healthy, and diverse, and more ensembles exist now than ever before. ACSO has expanded beyond the borders of California, and so do the issues our orchestras face. As our field continues to evolve, we are ready to lead out for the rest of the country. We are ready for orchestras to make some waves! Photo courtesy of

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ACSO's 50th Anniversary Party at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the highlights of the conference will be a reception on Thursday evening at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to celebrate ACSO’s 50th Anniversary. A leader in ocean conservation and education, the Aquarium is considered by many to be the best in the world. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and visiting with your colleagues as you wander past a kelp forest, get a glimpse of an octopus, marvel at a school of silvery sardines, and meet many more creatures who live at the ocean’s edge. And with the setting sun over Monterey Bay as our backdrop, the reception will include a performance from John Wineglass’ orchestral composition Big Sur: The Night Sun. The fee for this special event will cover appetizers, drink tickets, and transportation to and from the hotel. Photo courtesy of

2019 Conference Committee

Aubrey Bergauer, Co-Chair 
Nicola Reilly, Co-Chair
Steve Friedlander
Lacey Huszcza
Mireya Asturias Jones
Kathryn R. Martin
Janneke Straub
Oliver Theil
Scott Vandrick
Julia Ward
Sarah Weber
John Wineglass
Dorothy Wise

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