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Mark Your Calendars! Conference Registration Opens April 23

ACSO is bringing the Annual Conference to the Inland Empire for the first time in our 50-year history. Hosted by the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, the conference will take place August 12-14 at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, one of the most unique and beautiful hotels in California and a National Historic Landmark.

We selected the Inland Empire for conference because of its thriving arts communities, its diverse classical music culture, and because within it we have many outstanding member orchestras. The Inland Empire is a region of California that is comprised of many communities and it inspired the theme for the 2020 conference: The Art of Community.

The word "community" is so often used in mission statements (and at conferences) that it is easy to lose sight of its meaning, and at worst, it can become a euphemism for the "them" to our "us." But at the human level, community is about belonging. And there's an art to creating it - it is human and psychological and tactical and sometimes a little mysterious. So at this year's conference, we want to delve into the meaning of "community" -- to bring the term back to its roots and then dig deep into the specifics of the communities in our own backyards. And most of all, we want to make the orchestral and classical music community one to which everyone can belong.

Conference will include three keynote speakers, fifteen breakout sessions, peer forums, workshops, evening networking events, musical performances and concerts. Breakout sessions will cover topics such as governance; artistic programming; digital and content marketing; community partnership building; donor relations; fundraising; diversity, equity, and inclusion; youth orchestra management; volunteerism, and more.

More details about the conference are coming in March, so check back for more information.

2020 Conference Committee
Loribeth Gregory-Beck
Dean McVay, co-chair
Anthony Parnther
Jonathan Rios
Sean Sutton
Anne Viricel
Julia Ward, co-chair
Sarah Weber

Looking for highlights from the past 50 years of ACSO Conferences?
Check out our Past Conferences Page.