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ACSO 2021 Annual Conference Online: August 2-6

Key Conference Deadlines

July 12: Register early to get bonus points for the Scavenger Hunt (more details coming soon!)
July 15: Virtual Conference Portal opens - login with your credentials
July 15: Donate $150 or more for an invitation to the President's Reception Beer Tasting and Networking Event

The theme of the 2021 Annual Conference is Coming Together, Breaking Through. The sessions are designed to help us lift our heads from the daily grind of solving problems and adapting to non-stop change, and come together as a community. We will hear from new and impactful voices, think more deeply, and make breakthrough revelations about the big-picture issues and opportunities for our field as we move into a period of recovery.

Instead of traditional breakout sessions, the week-long virtual conference features a series of plenary talks delivered by preeminent change-makers, thought-leaders, advocates, artists, and innovators. The conference also gives ACSO members the chance to network with old friends and meet new colleagues through facilitated peer forums and idea exchanges.

Keynotes, plenary sessions, and networking discussions will center around these topics:
• Equity in action
• Future relevance for orchestras
• Community-centric fundraising
• Post-COVID organizational and leadership shifts
• What’s next in arts advocacy
• Creating authentic community relationships

“Pay What You Can” Registration
The value of attending the conference is estimated at $25 per person. To make conference participation accessible to all, registration is offered on a “pay what you can” basis for members and non-members alike. There is a complimentary option if needed, or several suggested payment tiers, starting at $25, for those who feel inspired and are able to support ACSO’s programs. Registration gives access to all keynotes and plenary sessions taking place from August 2-6.

Any registration fees paid above $25 are considered a donation to ACSO and are tax-deductible by the amount permitted by law. Membership dues are not tax-deductible.

Members-Only Networking Sessions
Networking sessions are open to ACSO members only as a benefit of membership. These include Peer Forums, Emerging Professionals Roundtable, and Idea Exchanges. If you would like to become a member so that you can attend these sessions, you can do so by adding an individual membership (good through Sept 30, 2022) to your registration. Not sure if you are already an ACSO member? Contact [email protected].

Join a Virtual Scavenger Hunt for a Chance to Win a Cruise - Register by July 12 to Begin!
Leading up to and throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to collect points by completing various activities and actions within the virtual conference platform - powered by Socio - for a chance to win an amazing prize: any 8-day European River Cruise in 2022 for two, courtesy of Viking Cruises. Rack up the most game points by the end of the conference for your chance to win.

All attendees who register for conference by Monday, July 12 will receive early registration bonus points to start building up point totals. ACSO Members (organizational or individual) also get extra points, so if you are not already a current member, be sure to add an individual membership onto your registration form or join here.

Full scavenger hunt details will be revealed on July 15. ACSO board, staff, and conference committee may participate but are not eligible to win.


Chair: Amber Joy Weber, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory/ACSO Board
Anthony Crespo, Downey Symphony/ACSO Staff
Caroline Firman, Sacramento Master Singers/ACSO Staff
Mieko Hatano, Oakland Symphony
Giuliano Kornberg, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera
Chrysa Kovach, ACSO Staff
Kathryn Martin, Santa Barbara Symphony/ACSO Board
Julia Rael, ACSO Staff
Alice Sauro, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera/ACSO Board
Sarah Weber, ACSO Staff

 Looking for highlights from the past 51 years of ACSO Conferences? Check out our Past Conferences Page.