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2018 Conference

2018 ICSOM Conference Hotel Chosen for Cincinnati, OH

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel has been named the host hotel for the 2018 conference of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM). The conference, hosted by the musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association, Local 1 of the American Federation of Musicians, will be held Wednesday, August 22 through Saturday, August 25, 2018, with certain pre-conference events held on Tuesday, August 21.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel, a AAA Four Diamond Award winner, has been open since 1931, and, as a National Historic Landmark hotel, it offers one of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco design. The hotel is also home to the Orchids at Palm Court, Ohio’s only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, which is responsible for making this hotel the #1 Hilton food and beverage hotel in the US.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza is located in the heart of downtown with access to numerous lunch and dinner options, and a few blocks from Fountain Square, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar stop that connects to many popular Cincinnati destinations.

Thanks to the work of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra violist and Local #1 President, Paul Frankenfeld, along with ICSOM Secretary Laura Ross, ICSOM Member-at-Large Kimberly Tichenor and ICSOM Treasurer Michael Moore, a room rate of $139 has been negotiated for the conference at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel, an excellent rate for such a beautiful location in one of America’s great cities.

Conference information and reservation information will be sent in the spring of 2018 to delegates, AFM officers and staff, and local officers who attended the 2017 conference. Others interested in attending the conference should contact ICSOM Secretary Laura Ross. To assure ICSOM’s room block rate, attendees will be required to register for the conference and make hotel reservations through the established link that will be found on the ICSOM website in late Spring 2018.

For more information on the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel, please go to

The ICSOM Governing Board

Netherlands Plaza

Ballroom to be used for the 2018 ICSOM Conference


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