Association of California Symphony Orchestra’s annual conference to go virtual

Posted on: July 21, 2020

The Association of California Symphony Orchestra’s (ACSO) 2020 Annual Conference will take place online. Running from August 3 to 14, the conference will include keynote addresses, sessions, peer forums, networking events, and more. Sessions will focus on the issues facing California’s orchestras, ranging from diversity, equity, and inclusion to navigating operational and financial changes due to COVID-19. ACSO has made registration for its online conference available on a “pay what you can” basis for members and non-members. While ACSO serves classical-music organizations, the conference is open to all nonprofit professionals, as the speakers and sessions will explore widespread nonprofit management topics. Orchestra professionals and musicians outside of California are also welcome to attend, as the conference will focus on issues of interest to the national field. Among the sessions are “Five Provocations: Thinking about Orchestras and Race in 2020,” a panel discussion examining the relationship between race and American orchestras; “The Brave New World of Performance Streaming”; and “Fundraising in Times of Crisis.” ACSO’s members comprise professional, academic, youth, and community-based orchestras, choruses, and festivals in California and the Western United States. Learn more at, or contact ACSO at (800) 495-2276 or