Virtual Peer Forums

Virtual Peer Forums are peer-to-peer conversations led by a facilitator and designed to connect you with your counterparts at other orchestras and ensembles in the ACSO membership network. This is a space to discuss working during times of transition, to exchange ideas, to ask questions, to share challenges, and to offer practices that have worked well (or not) for you and your organization. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to strengthen your professional networks and find colleagues to rely on for support.

VPFs are complimentary for members and $10 for not-yet-members. Registration is required. We limit the groups to 20 participants to maximize conversation and allow everyone to participate.

Email [email protected] with questions or registration assistance.

 


SPRING 2022 PEER FORUMS

The following Virtual Peer Forums are scheduled between April-June 2022. Additional 2022 peer forum meetings will soon be announced for the summer quarter.

All VPFs are 75 minutes and take place from 12:00-1:15 PM PT. Peer Forums on the same day will happen concurrently.


TUESDAY, APRIL 5
12:00-1:15 PM PT

Executive Directors of Orchestras with Budgets Under $1 Million
Facilitator: Elizabeth Quivey, North State Symphony & Josh Banda, Sequoia Symphony Orchestra
Who should attend: EDs of professional orchestras (both CBA and non-CBA) with operating budgets under $1 million.

Marketing and Patron Services Staff
Facilitators: Virginia Marine, Monterey Symphony & Erin Nishimori, Modesto Symphony
Who should attend: Orchestra staff and volunteers who work in communications, marketing, PR, and patron services at orchestras and ensembles of any budget size.


TUESDAY, APRIL 19
12:00-1:15 PM PT

Operations Staff
Facilitator: Issy Farris, Long Beach Symphony
Who should attend: Orchestra staff and volunteers who work in concert production and personnel management at orchestras and ensembles of any budget size.

CANCELLED - Development Staff
Facilitator: Mark Saville, Long Beach Symphony and Pamela Pretlow, San Francisco Symphony
Who should attend: Orchestra staff and volunteers who work in fundraising (individual giving, major gifts, grant writing, events) at orchestras and ensembles of any budget size.
THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A CONFLICTING PRIORITY FOR ONE OF THE FACILITATORS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. 


TUESDAY, MAY 3
12:00-1:15 PM PT

Youth Orchestra Staff and Board Leaders
Facilitators: Julia Copeland, Youth Orchestras of Fresno & Akilah Morgan, Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles
Who should attend: Staff and board leaders of youth orchestras and ensembles of any budget size.


TUESDAY, MAY 17
12:00-1:15 PM PT

Education and Community Engagement Staff
Facilitator: Jesse Schiffman, San Diego Symphony
Who should attend: Orchestra staff and volunteers who run youth, family, and adult education and community outreach programs at orchestras and ensembles of any budget size.

Music Festival Staff and Board Leaders
Facilitator: Jenny Darlington-Person, Music in the Mountains and Gina Guttierez, Ojai Music Festival
Who should attend: Staff and board leaders who run seasonal classical music festivals of any budget size.


TUESDAY, JUNE 14
12:00-1:15 PM PT

Community Orchestra Staff and Board Leaders

Facilitators: Chelsea Chambers & Sheri Frumkin, Peninsula Symphony North
Who should attend: Staff and board leaders of orchestras made up primarily of volunteer musicians and/or are board-led.
REGISTER

CANCELLED - Board & Trustees of Orchestras Over $1 Million
Facilitators: TBD
Who should attend: Governing board members and trustees of orchestras of any type with budgets over $1 Million.


TUESDAY, JUNE 21
12:00-1:15 PM PT

Finance & HR Staff
Facilitators: Alicia Gonzalez and Maureen Melville, San Diego Symphony
Who should attend: Staff who work in human resources or finance at orchestras of any budget size.
REGISTER

CANCELLED - Artistic Leaders & Musicians
Facilitator: Bruce Kiesling, Sequoia Symphony Orchestra
Who should attend: Music directors, conductors, composers, musicians, artistic planning staff at orchestras of any budget size.