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.

The following Virtual Peer Forums are scheduled between January - June 2021.

Each one will take place via Zoom from 11 am – 12 pm PT. Please follow the links below to register for the sessions you wish to attend. You can register for one, two, or all three in your peer group.

Board Members of Professional Orchestras 
Facilitators: Jamei Haswell, Santa Rosa Symphony & Nicola Reilly, Monterey Symphony
Tuesday, February 9 - Register
Tuesday, April 13 - Register
Tuesday, June 8 - Register

Box Office & Patron Services Staff
Facilitators: Kayla Jo Rosoff, Las Vegas Philharmonic & Tiffany Fajardo, Berkeley Symphony 
Tuesday, January 26 - Register
Tuesday, March 23 - Register
Tuesday, May 25 - Register

Community Orchestra Leaders & Board Members 
Facilitators: Sheri Frumkin and Chelsea Chambers, Peninsula Symphony of Northern California 
Thursday, March 4 - Register
Thursday, May 6 - Register

Development Staff 
Facilitator: Scott Vandrick, Pasadena Symphony and POPS 
Tuesday, February 25 (Co-Facilitator, Julia Paras, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra) - Register
Tuesday, April 22 (Co-Facilitator, Nuri Kye, Marin Symphony)Register
Tuesday, June 24 (Co-Facilitator, Mark Saville, Long Beach Symphony)Register

Education & Community Engagement Staff 
Facilitator: Anastasia Herold, San Francisco Symphony 
Tuesday, February 2 - Register
Tuesday, April 6 - Register
Tuesday, June 1 - Register

Executive Directors and CEOs of Professional Orchestras Under $1 million  
Facilitator: Elizabeth Quivey, North State Symphony 
Tuesday, March 9 - Register
Tuesday, May 11 - Register 

Finance & HR Staff 
Facilitators: Alicia Gonzalez & Maureen Melville, San Diego Symphony
Tuesday, February 16 - Register
Tuesday, April 20 - Register
Tuesday, June 15 - Register

Marketing & Communications Staff 
Facilitator: Nora Brady, Los Angeles Philharmonic 
Tuesday, February 23 - Register
Tuesday, April 27 - Register
Tuesday, June 22 - Register

Music Festival Managers and Leaders 
Facilitator: Jenny Darlington-Person, Music in the Mountains 
Tuesday, March 16 - Register
Tuesday, May 18 - Register 

Operations Staff  
Facilitator: Connor Bogenreif, Long Beach Symphony 
Thursday, January 28 - Register
Thursday, March 25 - Register
Thursday, May 27 - Register

Youth Orchestra Staff and Leaders
Facilitator: Julia Copeland, Youth Orchestras of Fresno  
Thursday, March 18 - Register
Thursday, May 20 - Register