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.

Cleveland Orchestra

Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni


Press Release: Meredith Snow elected as new ICSOM Chair ... read more.

ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge honored by ROPA ... read more.

ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge speaks at 2016 AFM Conference in Las Vegas ... read more.

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

ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge to step down in August ... read more.

ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge addresses the 3rd International Orchestra Conference in Oslo

ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge writes in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel calling for support for the Milwaukee Symphony

ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge writes on the current state of arts journalism: All the News That Fits the Print

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