Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ annual conference heads online, Aug. 2-6

Posted on: July 29, 2021

As it did in 2020, the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ (ACSO) Annual Conference will take place online. This year’s event, with the theme “Coming Together, Breaking Through,” will run from August 2 to 6 and feature plenary sessions, peer forums, networking events, and more. Sessions will focus on the issues facing California’s orchestras, such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, community-centric fundraising for the arts, and adaptive leadership. The sessions are designed to help orchestra professionals apply the lessons of the past sixteen months. Speakers include Simon Woods, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy of the League of American Orchestras; Afa Dworkin, president and artistic director of the Sphinx Organization; Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer, violinist, educator, activist, board member of the League of American Orchestras; Vu Le, writer, speaker, co-leader of Community-Centric Fundraising; and Eric Martin, managing director of Adaptive Change Advisors. Orchestra professionals, musicians, and arts workers outside California are welcome to attend as the conference will focus on issues relating to the national orchestra field and the larger arts sector. Registration is available on a “pay what you can” basis. Learn more at, or contact ACSO at (800) 495-2276 or