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2023 Youth Orchestra Confab

Friday April 21, 2023 | Fresno State
Hosted by Youth Orchestras of Fresno

After five years, ACSO's Youth Orchestra Confab is coming back in 2023! The last time we gathered was at the 2018 Confab hosted by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestras at Davies Hall (pictured here).

This year Youth Orchestras of Fresno will host the Confab on Friday, April 21 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Fresno State, equidistant from both the Bay Area and the LA Metro Area.


Who should attend? Youth orchestra or ensemble administrators, board, and volunteers; orchestra education staff; anyone working with young musicians and youth audiences.


This one-day learning and networking experience is designed by and for those who manage youth orchestras and music ensembles, and for orchestra education staff. It is a time to gather together and discuss a wide range of issues and ideas that are specific to working with young musicians and youth audiences. It's also wonderful way to network with your peers, share resources, policies, and best practices, and brainstorm solutions to common challenges.

The day will include presentations on CA Prop 28 and DEI practices for youth orchestras. 

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


$50 for ACSO members
$75 for not-yet-members
*registration includes pastries, coffee, and a boxed lunch

Registration closes April 13. Cancellations and full refunds will be permitted if received prior to April 13. No refunds will be issued after April 13. 


Location, Travel, Accommodations

Music 160 Smart Classroom, Department of Music, Fresno State University, 2380 E Keats Fresno CA 93740

Click on the map thumbnail to download a map with the Music Building and P1 Parking Lot noted.



Park in Lot P1, purchase a $5 daily permit at a kiosk, or metered parking is available for $1/hour.

Hotel Recommendations:
All hotel recommendations are about 1.5 miles from Fresno State Music Building. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations and costs.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott (580 W Shaw, Clovis) 

Hilton Garden Inn in Clovis (520 W Shaw, Clovis) - THIS HOTEL APPEARS TO BE SOLD OUT AS OF 4/4/23.

Holiday Inn Express (650 W Shaw, Clovis) 

Agenda (Schedule and speakers subject to change.)

  • 9:30-10 am: Check in, light networking breakfast
  • 10-10:15 am: Welcome from ACSO & Youth Orchestras of Fresno (YOOF)
  • 10:15-11:30 am: Group Discussion on Hot Topics
  • 11:30-11:45 am: Boxed lunches 
  • 11:45-12:30 pm: Lunch Chat with Thomas Loewenheim, YOOF Music Director
  • 12:30-1:15 pm: Sit-in on Cello Master Class 
  • 1:15-1:30 pm: Break 
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Prop 28 Presentation
    • Speaker: Abe Flores, Deputy Director of Policy & Programs, Create CA
  • 2:30-2:45 pm: Break
  • 2:45-3:45 pm: DEI Presentation & group conversation
    • Speakers: Silvia Regalado-Zachlod, Executive Director, Napa Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Michael Remson, President & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

  • 3:45-4:00 pm: Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks
  • 4:00-6:00 pm: Optional Happy Hour TBD
  • 6:00-7:30 pm: Optional Concert: Art Song Fest Showcase Finals

Planning Committee

Alex Chu, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra
Julia Copeland, former Executive Director, Youth Orchestras of Fresno
Seth Ducey, Executive Director, Golden State Youth Orchestra
Dan Schwartz, Interim Executive Director, Youth Orchestras of Fresno
ACSO Staff