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.

North Carolina Symphony

Bassist Bruce Ridge and community outreach


2018 Conference Registration is now available here. More information about the hotel is available in this PDF.

2018 Ford Musician Awards application period now open ... read here.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel chosen for the 2018 ICSOM Conference, August 22-25...read here.

From ICSOM's Governing Board: Message Regarding Allegations Against James Levine...read here.

CALL TO ACTION for the musicians of Puerto Rico... read here.

Bruce Ridge's article on huricane relief for the musician of Puerto Rico ... read here.

The ICSOM Directory is now searchable online. Current and Emeritus members must sign in to access this service, which can be found under the REFERENCE tab, or click here.

The October 2017 issue of Senza Sordino is now available ... read here or download here.

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.

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