ACSO 2023 Annual Conference Inspires, Revitalizes, and Connects Communities


Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2023) – The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) Annual Conference is back in person for the first time in four years, and for the first time in the organization's 54-year history, it takes place in the Inland Empire. The conference is being held at the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, CA from August 16 - 18, 2023 and is hosted by the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Redlands Symphony and the Riverside Philharmonic.

This years conference theme -- Uplift & Amplify -- emphasizes the foremost work of the orchestra industry today: to center the needs of audiences, welcome new artistic voices, and use the power of music to serve and connect communities.

The conference gathers 300 orchestra professionals and leaders to hear from impactful thought-leaders and learn about the big-picture issues and opportunities for the field. The convening includes plenary sessions, peer forums, networking events, and more. Sessions will focus on the vital issues facing Californias orchestras, such as audience regeneration, advancing equity, program innovation, strengthening partnerships, and building relevance and impact.

Bookending this years incredible lineup of speakers are opening keynote speaker Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Vice President & Artistic Director of Social Impact for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and closing keynote speaker Lara Downes, classical pianist & cultural activist.

Performances are also a featured component of the conference, including a San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra concert conducted by Anthony Parnther, and the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival 100th season finale concert featuring the Redlands Symphony conducted by Ransom Wilson.

Registration for the annual conference is available at various rates for individuals, orchestra members, and students. While ACSO primarily serves music organizations in California, the conference is open to anyone working in the arts.

ACSO Executive Director Sarah Weber said, “For our first in-person conference since the pandemic, we not only want to showcase the Inland Empire an arts-rich region of California, but we also want to inspire, revitalize, connect, and support those working in orchestras and the performing arts. We hope that this conference will generate profound and creative ideas about how the work we do and the influence that we have can be used to build a better world.”

ACSO is a member service nonprofit with nearly 120 classical music organizations and their 2,000 board and administrative staff in its network. ACSOs members are comprised of professional, academic, youth, and community-based orchestras, choruses, and festivals in California and the Western United States. 

Further information about the conference, visit ACSOs website at or contact ACSO at (800) 495-2276 or at [email protected].


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