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Your Fall ACSO Newsletter is Ready to Download

The Fall 2017 issue of ACSO News is here! It's full of informative articles that connect you to what your peers and fellow orchestras are up to. As the 2017/18 concert season gets underway, these stories remind us that the work you do to make classical music accessible really does make a difference.

What's Inside?
  • A Tale of Two Successes: Santa Rosa Symphony and San Diego Symphony
  • 2017 Annual Conference Wrap-Up
  • Student Achievement Through the Arts in Education - San Diego Youth Symphony's Opus Project
  • Meet a Member: John Wineglass
  • Orchestra Profile: Community Women's Orchestra

How are you celebrating?

ACSO joins thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month throughout the month of October!

"National Arts and Humanities Month gives our members a chance to celebrate the positive impact our orchestras have on their communities through the arts," said Mitch Menchaca, ACSO's executive director. "ACSO will dedicate October's California Concerts to recognize National Arts and Humanities Month. How will you celebrate?"

This month-long celebration was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Click here to learn more about National Arts and Humanities Month.
Avoiding the Iceberg
and Maintaining Organizational Health Webinar 
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10AM PT

Don't let the tip of the iceberg become your organization's Titanic - instead, understand and be able to identify whether your business is Healthy, at a Crossroads, in Conflict, or has a full-blown Crisis. Over 90% of all organizations can be saved and taught to prosper despite the size of the organization, condition of the economy, or its competition. Explore real-life examples of how to minimize challenges and maximize opportunities for revitalization. Join Paul Jan Zdunek, managing director of BDO and ACSO board member for this hour-long webinar. 

Webinar Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the health of an organization
  • Understand and identify the signs of a looming crisis
  • Learn how to avoid your organization's version of the Titanic
  • Learn about real-life case studies and the consequences of ignoring tell-tale signs
Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.

Coming Soon in November!

ACSO is excited to launch new Professional Development and Discussion Forums.

These forums combine educational experiences with peer networking during an informative 45-60 minute workshop or roundtable at a low cost for attendees. They will also capture your ideas, thoughts, and opinions on how ACSO can better serve you, our membership, through a consultant-led discussion, part of a strategic planning process, which will help shape the future direction of the association.

ACSO will present four forums at locations spread around the state, including Irvine, Pasadena, San Luis Obispo, and Walnut Creek, and one online session for those who cannot attend an in-person convening.

Registration will open October 9. Learn more at
WPA Performance Grant Application Deadline is October 20

Women's Philharmonic Advocacy (WPA) is now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 cycle of the WPA Performance Grants.  

This funding, available to professional, community, and student ensembles, can be used in support of performances of works by women composers. As the intention of the grants is to impact future programming, the funds can be used for performances occurring in calendar years 2018 and 2019.

The deadline for the online application is October 20.

WPA was an exhibitor at the 2017 ACSO Annual Conference. Learn more about WPA, grant information, see a list of past winners, and get repertoire ideas at the WPA Website.  
Membership Renewals

Membership renewal season is here - FY18 memberships begin on October 1, 2017. Save time by renewing your membership today  online, by calling the ACSO office at (800) 495-2276, or by downloading and mailing in the  individual or  organizational membership forms. 

Upcoming Dates and Reminders

October 1
2017-2018 Membership Year Begins - Renew Today

October 5
Avoiding the Iceberg Webinar - Register Today

October 23
ACSO Board of Directors Meeting - San Francisco, CA

November 3-20
Professional Development & Discussion Forums - Learn More