Due to the effects of COVID-19, ACSO is following the recommendations of public health agencies and is postponing the Youth Orchestra Confab scheduled for May 4. We will be looking at dates to reschedule later in 2020. Further updates will be posted here, sent via email, and posted on social media.

The American Youth Symphony (AYS) will host the 2020 Confab on Monday, May 4 from 9:30AM-3:30PM in its hometown of El Segundo at the El Segundo Museum of Art, which is minutes away from LAX. Come the day before for the AYS Gala Concert on Sunday, May 3 at UCLA Royce Hall and then a group dinner with your YO colleagues.

The Youth Orchestra Confab is a one-day educational and networking experience specifically designed by and for those who manage the operations of youth orchestras and for orchestra education directors. It is a time to gather together and discuss a wide range of issues and ideas that are specific to working with young people, such as programming, rehearsal spaces, fundraising, challenges of enrollment, diversity and participation, and leadership development. It's a wonderful way to learn from your peers and to brainstorm solutions to common challenges.   

More information, including travel and accommodation details, will be coming soon! 


Registration Fee: $65 for ACSO Members and $85 for Non-Members. 
Registration will open on March 26 and close on April 27. Cancellation and full refund will be permitted if received prior to April 27. No refunds will be issued after April 27.

Location, Travel, Accomodations

The Confab will be at the El Segundo Museum of Art, located at 208 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Free and unlimited parking can be found on the top level of the garage at the nearby 99 Cents Store at 300 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245, which is a four-minute walk to the museum. Street parking in El Segundo is free, but limited to two hours, so we recommend you park in the 99 Cents Store garage. The entrance to the garage is on Grand Ave.

If driving, the El Segundo Museum of Art is easy to get to and close to I-105 or I-405. If flying, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is three miles away or about a 10 minute drive. The rideshare process at LAX has recently changed. Click here to get the details.

More information about nearby hotels is coming soon.

(Schedule subject to change.)

Sunday, March 3

American Youth Symphony Annual Gala Concert, conducted by Carlos Izcaray
The American Youth Symphony celebrates 55 years of cultural vibrancy with the Annual Gala Concert at UCLA Royce Hall. The concert program features Alberto Ginastera’s rhythmically-entrancing Estancia Dance Suite, and a world premiere by emerging composer Jihyun Kim, commissioned through a partnership with American Composers Orchestra and Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The third symphony of “The Dean of American Composers,” Aaron Copland, closes the evening with its heroic reimagining of the theme from Fanfare for the Common Man.

Post-Concert Confab Dinner
After the concert, get to know your youth orchestra colleagues better at a group dinner for Confab attendees. Details to come.

Monday, May 4

Registration and Light Breakfast

Welcome from ACSO and AYS
Remarks by Carlos Izcaray, music director, American Youth Symphony

Roundtables Session One

Networking Lunch

Guest Speaker - Steve Willmont, CFRE, SVP, Netzel Grigsby Associates
Plan your fundraising . . . it doesn’t have to be scary!
Youth Orchestras face growing needs for fundraising and it can be very intimidating. But philanthropy is very strong and with the right planning your youth orchestra can be a solid recipient of donated dollars. Steve will talk about the strategies and planning ideas you can adopt to improve your fundraising, involve more people, and meet your orchestra’s growing need. You will hear encouraging information about the status of philanthropy in our country, and the styles of fundraising that you can use to be the most successful. This presentation will leave you encouraged about the future of fundraising for your youth orchestra with some tools to start using right away.

Roundtables Session Two

Wrap Up

Questions? Contact us at (800) 495-2276 x1 or [email protected].

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