Welcome to the
ICSOM Website

Welcome to the website for the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM). Founded in 1962, the mission of ICSOM is to promote a better and more rewarding livelihood for the skilled orchestral performer and to enrich the cultural life of our society.

ICSOM represents over 4,000 musicians from 52 major symphony orchestras throughout the United States, and is a Players’ Conference of the American Federation of Musicians.

One of the missions of ICSOM is to facilitate communication among its member orchestras and among all members of the greater musical community, offering support and assistance wherever needed. Our website is designed to assist in that communication, with the complete archive of ICSOM's newsletter Senza Sordino, links to our member orchestras, and other current and historical information.

ICSOM celebrates the great history of symphonic music, but prepares for an even greater future through advocacy for the livelihood of our members, and for a thriving future for symphonic music and the arts in America.

Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Photo courtesy of the Oregon Symphony
Photo credit: Leah Nash


The ICSOM Governing Board sent the following letter in support of the National Endowment for the Arts to all 100 Senators and to Representatives from the House subcommittee on Interior appropriations. View letter.

The Adams Mark Hotel to host 2017 ICSOM Conference in Buffalo, August 23-26 ... read more.

2017 Ford Musician Awards information (application deadline February 3) is now available ... read more.

The December 2016 issue of Senza Sordino is now available ... read here or download here.

ICSOM: The First Fifty Years (Documentary)
YouTube - The First 50 Years