Peter Kjome has been named the new President and CEO of the Phoenix Symphony. Read more here.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra plans to seek state tax incentives to aid in the organization's $100 million expansion of its concert hall. Read more here.
Gail Samuel, who took the helm of the storied Boston Symphony Orchestra last year as its first female president and chief executive, has resigned from her post just 18 months into her tenure. Read more here.
The Grand Rapids Symphony has announced the extensions of both its current contract with their musicians as well as that of Music Director Marcelo Lehninger. Read more here.
A cyberattack on the Met Opera, the largest performing arts organization in the United States, knocked out a ticketing system that typically handles about $200,000 in sales each day at this time of year. Read more here.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has donated its entire archive to the University of Pennsylvania. Read more here.
David Robertson will join the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera's artistic leadership team in the newly-created role of Creative Partner for a three-year tenure, beginning in the 2023-24 season. Read more here.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra wrapped up their 2021-22 season with an operating surplus. Read more here.
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Dr. Andrea F. Warren as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Read more here.
The 2023 nominees for GRAMMY awards in classical music have been announced. Read more here.
The New Jersey Symphony and its musicians have ratified a five-year contract agreement, coming at the start of the orchestra's centennial season, with base wage increases all five years. Read more here.
The Washington National Opera has announced the 10th anniversary of its American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra reported a balanced budget for the fourth year in a row and announced their new Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival, beginning in May 2023. Read more here.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is traveling to Japan for its first international tour since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the four-city, six-concert tour, the BSO will be the first American orchestra to visit Japan since pre-pandemic times. Read more here.
Classical music still plays in the theatre of war, a stark reminder that this art form is not irrelevant. Read more here.
The North Carolina Symphony kicks off a three-year residency in Edgecombe County which aims to develop a long-term, immersive presence that will have a meaningful impact on the lives of children and adults. Read more here.
The Louisville Orchestra will perform 22 free performances in 19 different cities across Kentucky Nov 2-4 on their Community Engage Kentucky tour. Read more here.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has launched Check Out the Symphony, a pilot program with area libraries which gives free tickets to all 26 of the orchestra’s Masterworks and Coffee performances to library patrons. Read more here.
The San Diego Symphony has reached the goal for its two-year, $125 million fundraising campaign The Future is Hear, attracting support from more than 3,000 donors. Read more here.
The Philadelphia Orchestra cancels its upcoming 50th-anniversary China tour. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra raised a record $2 million for its education programs and community engagement initiatives during their annual Gala. Read more here.
The New Jersey Symphony kicks off their 100th season! Read more here.
The fourth year of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Women in Classical Music Symposium will take place on November 6-9, 2022. Read more here.
The New York Philharmonic’s Lincoln Center home reopens, hoping its $550 million renovation worked. Read more here.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra will embark upon a 4-city tour of Japan in November. Read more here.
The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert A Hug to Puerto Rico for the benefit of those affected by Hurricane Fiona. Read more here.
The LA Phil's opening night gala, celebrating the 90th birthday of composer John Williams, raised more than $3.5 million to support the orchestra’s music learning programs. Read more here.
The Minnesota Orchestra returns for its 120th season, its first in nearly 20 years without Osmo Vänskä at the helm, as Thomas Søndergård begins as music director designate before officially becoming music director next fall. Read more here.
Conductor Riccardo Muti leads his 500th performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
David Geffen Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic (the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States), is reopening following a $550 million renovation. Read more here.
ICSOM is pleased to publish a video with highlights from the opening day of our 60th annual conference, held in Grand Rapids MI. Click here to view.
The Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians have ratified a four-year collective bargaining agreement. Read more here.
Matthew Spivey has spent the past 14 months as interim CEO of the San Francisco Symphony. Now they’re making the appointment permanent, as the Symphony announced that Spivey would take on the top executive leadership role effective immediately. Read more here.
As part of its centennial celebrations, the San Francisco Opera has released the first installment of Streaming the First Century, a project offering free access to historic recordings. Read more here.
Slovakian-born conductor Juraj Valčuha launches his first season as Music Director of the Houston Symphony. Read more here.
New York City Ballet’s 2022-23 season commences with programs centered on masterworks, from founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins to contemporary favorites. Read more here.
The San Francisco Opera enters its centennial season. Congratulations to the musicians of the SFO Orchestra! Read more here.
Robert Spano begins his tenure as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
Upon the cancelation of their London performance on the esteemed Proms concert series due to death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Philadelphia Orchestra plays God Save the Queen. Read more here.
The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra’s new season features over 30 concerts at 5 venues and includes a new educational series Beyond the Music, with stories from composers and musicians and how they all relate back to Hawaiʻi. Read more here.
For the concluding event of the Kennedy Center’s extended 50th anniversary season, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS will return for 3 performances by the National Symphony Orchestra Sept. 15-18, 2022. Read more here.
The Philadelphia Orchestra opens Carnegie Hall's 2022–23 season on Sept. 29th. Read more here.
To celebrate their 76th season, the Phoenix Symphony adds more venues for 2022-23. Read more here.
Paul Austin has been re-elected to a third term as ICSOM President! Click here to view all of the ICSOM Governing Board election results.
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and their musicians have ratified a new two-year contract. Read more here.
The Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement through 2026. Read more here.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its musicians conclude their contract negotiations with a one-year agreement. Read more here.
The Florida Orchestra and its musicians have ratified a new contract that delivers a 12% raise over three years as well as an extended season. Read more here.
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård will be the new Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, with a five-year contract that begins with the 2023-24 season and the title of Music Director Designate during the 2022-23 season. Read more here.
The San Francisco Opera celebrates its first 100 years with a blockbuster 2022-23 opera season and an array of opportunities for deep engagement with their history. Read more here.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival announces contract extensions with the Dallas Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Read more here.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced that it has chosen Jonathon Heyward, a rising African American conductor, as their next music director, beginning a five-year contract at the start of the 2023-24 season. Read more here.
Phoenix Symphony President and CEO Suzanne Wilson plans to step down from her post late this fall. Read more here.
In a step towards healing since the Highland Park massacre, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra opened their performance at the Ravinia Festival with a special tribute. Read more here.
The New Jersey Symphony presents New Scores: The Cone Institute Concert on July 23rd, the culmination of the Institute experience designed to promote contemporary orchestral music by enhancing the careers of four emerging composers. Read more here.
This summer the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is launching its Music for Maryland tour, appearing in every county in Maryland and performing a specially-curated concert program for each location. Read more here.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have announced a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement, and its 8th consecutive year with a balanced budget. Read more here.
Although the San Antonio Symphony has dissolved, the musicians plan to perform this fall as they pivot to the future. Read more here.
The Jacksonville Symphony extends their contract with President and CEO Steven B. Libman to 2028. Read more here.
In August, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will resume international touring for the first time in three years, with three weeks of concerts in Europe. Read more here.
The San Diego Symphony receives a $1.1 million donation from Sycuan. Read more here.
At the BSO Academy, an adult classical music fantasy camp, amateurs play alongside the professional musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
The Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony work to revive the orchestra, this time with a viable future. Read more here.
After the dissolution of the San Antonio Symphony, former members and supporters try to find a path forward. Read more here.
The Florida Orchestra has announced its 55th season. Read more here.
The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra will make its first-ever appearance in Chicago in August, presenting a concert titled Sounds of My Island at Symphony Center. Read more here.
The Grand Rapids Symphony announces the retirement of Mary Tuuk Kuras as its President and CEO. Read more here.
Registration forms for the 2022 ICSOM Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan can be found here!
As the San Antonio Symphony announced their plan to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the musicians plan to keep the music going via their own concerts. Read more here.
The New York Philharmonic is restoring the salaries of its musicians to pre-pandemic levels as it prepares to return to Lincoln Center's Geffen Hall for the 2022-23 season. Read more here.
In hopes of providing comfort to all affected by the recent mass-shooting tragedy in their community, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the BPO Diversity Council will present A Concert for Healing on July 24th. Read more here.
Deborah Borda will retire as President/CEO of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2022-23 season and will be succeeded by Gary Ginstling, head of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
The Grant Park Orchestra kicks off its first full 10-week season since 2019, the entirety of which will offer free admission and the majority of which will take place at Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Read more here.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony on the Prairie summer series returns to Conner Prairie Amphitheatre starting June 24. Read more here.
An iconic New York summer experience since it began in 1965, the New York Philharmonic’s Concert In The Parks returns this week after being canceled for two years because of the pandemic. Read more here.
Conductor Osmo Vänskä gives a final bow as the Minnesota Orchestra's Music Director. Read more here.
The Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra hosts a benefit concert for the Blood Bank of Hawaii. Read more here.
Conductor Robert Spano concludes his 20-year tenure as Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director. Read more here.
In an impassioned speech, Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin addresses gun violence. Read more here.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is looking to replace recent retirees with hundreds of years of musical experience. Read more here.
The Nashville Symphony's free community concerts are back. Read more here.
Gianandrea Noseda’s contract as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra has been extended by two years, through the 2026–27 season. Read more here.
ICSOM's monthly video series Musician Profiles: Celebrating Racial Diversity features one-on-one interviews with our ICSOM Musicians of Color, their experiences, and how they view the need for racial diversity within our orchestras. Read more here.
Season finale or final season? The fate of the San Antonio Symphony is in limbo as negotiations collapse. Read more here.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its centennial with a grand comeback. Read more here.
The Columbus Symphony announces the 2022-23 season as full of orchestral barnburners, it's biggest yet. Read more here.
2022-23 marks the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 132nd season, its final year under the baton of music director Riccardo Muti, and the 25th anniversary of Symphony Center’s opening. Read more here.
For the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Philharmonic traveled abroad, playing three concerts at Germany's Usedom Music Festival in a location where Nazi weapons of terror were built. Read more here.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced details for their inaugural neighborhood concert series. These free outdoor performances will take place throughout the summer across Greater Cincinnati. Read more here.
The Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra launches a new, three-week concert series at the Waikiki Shell, running May 25th to June 12th. Read more here.
Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony continue to produce concerts to keep classical music present in their community. Read more here.
The Dallas Symphony will perform and record Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 2024. Read more here.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announces their 2022 summer season. Read more here.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra honors six retiring musicians who share a combined 231 years of playing for the SLSO. Read more here.
Musicians of the Nashville Symphony share stories from four of their members who had spent 40+ years performing for Nashville audiences. Read more here.
The Minnesota Orchestra honors Osmo Vänskä as Conductor Laureate. Read more here.
The Arison Arts Foundation has awarded a $30 million endowment gift to the New World Symphony in commemoration of Michael Tilson Thomas’ achievements and dedication to the symphony. Click here for more.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will present a Power to the People! Festival to explore the intersections of music and social justice, May 29th to June 10th. Read more here.
San Francisco Opera opens its 2022 summer season June 4th at the War Memorial Opera House. Read more here.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra canceled its concerts last weekend due to multiple COVID breakthrough cases among orchestra musicians. Read more here.
San Antonio Symphony Musicians call off federal mediation with the Symphony Society of San Antonio. Read more here.
The Florida Orchestra announces the 2022-23 concerts for their 55th season. Read more here.
The San Diego Symphony will perform 31 concerts at six venues for its 2022-23 Jacobs Masterworks season as the $125 million renovation of the orchestra’s Jacobs Music Center and Copley Symphony Hall heads toward its completion next year. Read more here.
Spurred by George Floyd's death, the Minnesota Orchestra has commissioned a new work by Black artists which will premiere next spring. Read more here.
What will it take to secure the future of the San Antonio Symphony? Daniel Beckley, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, encourages San Antonio to continue to push to save the San Antonio Symphony: Symphonies are economic drivers for cities as companies look for strong support for the arts in communities. Read more here.
For 2022-23, the Minnesota Orchestra itself will be the star for their first season in years without Osmo Vänskä. Read more here.
The Metropolitan Opera is organizing a US tour by the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra this summer, using music to oppose the Russian invasion. Read more here.
Click here to read how the anguish of war permeates the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2022-23 season.
Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra’s benefit concert raises $48,000 to support Ukrainian refugees. Read more here.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 2022-23 season has been announced. Read more here.
The Met Orchestra makes a major donation to the National Opera of Ukraine Orchestra. Read more here.
The Louisville Orchestra has announced its 2022-23 season schedule. Read more here.
More than 30 members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra tested positive for COVID-19 following a recent performance in Boston. Read more here.
This month the Oregon Symphony celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala event that raised over $1.5 million. Read more here.
Symphoria musicians will perform a benefit concert on April 23rd for Ukrainian refugees coming to Syracuse. Read more here.
New York City Ballet plans an ambitious 2022-23 season. Read more here.
The Columbus Symphony announces its 2022 Picnic With the Pops lineup. Read more here.
Click here to read about the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s GEN X Festival, which begins April 22nd.
The Boston Symphony cancels its European tour over virus concerns. Read more here.
The Colorado Symphony has announced its 2022-23 season, the first led by new principal conductor Peter Oundjian. Read more here.
Alabama Symphony Orchestra will present a special three-day celebration, A Century in Symphony, to mark their centennial on Memorial Day weekend. Read more here.
Back in full in 2022-23, the Philadelphia Orchestra announces its season with an eye on social change. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra embraces diversity on their wide-ranging 2022-23 Severance season. Read more here.
On April 9th, the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra will present a benefit concert in support of Ukraine, featuring music by Ukrainian composers. Read more here.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced the schedule for this summer’s Symphony on the Prairie, a 40-plus-year tradition. Read more here.
The 2022-23 season of the Washington National Opera will include five full productions. Read more here.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra appoints Mark C. Hanson as its next President and CEO. Read more here.
San Diego Symphony received a combined $2 million in gifts from local philanthropists, bringing the symphony’s $125 million fundraising campaign close to completion. Read more here.
San Francisco Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen announce a lively, diverse season for 2022-23. Read more here.
The Louisville Orchestra will receive $4.3 million to resume an annual statewide touring program, allowing the orchestra to visit every region of the commonwealth over two years. Read more here.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is raising money for the people of war-torn Ukraine with a concert on April 21st in Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall. The hall’s namesake emigrated from Ukraine to Baltimore as a young child and later gifted the venue. Read more here.
The Nashville Symphony announced its 2022-23 season, featuring nearly 100 performances and several world premieres, commissions, and recording projects. Read more here.
Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony stand in solidarity as their strike enters its sixth month. Read more here.
Utah Symphony’s 2022-23 season will be the final one for their music director Thierry Fischer. Read more here.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and United Way partner to help Ukraine with a Concert of Peace April 2nd. Read more here.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be holding Ukraine benefit concert April 3rd. Read more here.
The New York Philharmonic announces its 2022-23 season, a celebratory slate of about 150 concerts to inaugurate Geffen Hall, its renovated home. Read more here.
Charlotte Symphony announces the 2022-23 season, with special attention to their guest conductors. Read more here.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announces the 2022-23 season, its first with Music Director Nathalie Stutzmann. Read more here.
ICSOM will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the 2022 ICSOM Conference from August 24–27, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click here for more details.
Ukraine’s national anthem reverberates around the world. Read more here.
Click here to read about the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s plan for a $100 million renovation and expansion of Powell Hall.
The Grand Rapids Symphony has released its lineup for the 2022-23 concert season. Read more here.
The New York Philharmonic announces their residency at Germany’s Usedom Music Festival this spring. Read more here.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announces its 2022-23 season. Read more here.
Click here to read about the MET Opera’s concert to benefit relief efforts for Ukraine.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's benefit concert for Ukraine raises $58,000, which will go directly for medical supplies, humanitarian aid, and rehabilitation equipment. Read more here.
The New Jersey Symphony announces its 2022–23 centennial season and extends Xian Zhang’s Music Director contract through 2027–28. Read more here.
The Oregon Symphony announces their 2022-23 season. Read more here.
San Diego Symphony announces the 2022 summer season at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. Read more here.
On March 14th the Metropolitan Opera is staging a concert in support of Ukraine to show solidarity with Ukrainians under attack, which will be broadcast on radio stations around the world. Read more here.
The New York Philharmonic will open the newly-renovated David Geffen Hall two years ahead of schedule. Read more here.
The Charlotte Symphony excavates its past and has big plans for their 90th anniversary. Read more here.
Utah Symphony announces their summer 2022 Deer Valley Music Festival season. Read more here.
Leading Russian musicians sign an appeal condemning the invasion of Ukraine. Read more here.
Community members worked together to provide an opportunity for the San Antonio Symphony musicians to perform for the first time since the strike began in September 2021. Read more here.
The Kansas City Symphony announces its 2022-23 season. Read more here.
Click here to read how several Russian and Ukrainian artists are voicing their support for Ukraine and asking for peace.
The Louisville Orchestra will highlight the sounds and cultures of Central and South America with its Festival of Latin American Music, from March 4 to 26. Read more here.
Once a lavish cinema owned by Warner Brothers studio, Milwaukee’s Warner Grand Theater has been transformed into an acoustic paradise for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, proving that old buildings can be fine-tuned for the 21st century. Read more here.
The Pacific Symphony announces its 2022-23 season. Read more here.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra unveils their 2022-23 season and announces its Music For Maryland tour, reaching all 24 jurisdictions of the state over the next three years. Read more here.
The LA Philharmonic announces a 2022–23 season packed with high-profile events. Read more here.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 2022-23 season. Read more here.
The North Carolina Symphony has announced the appointment of Carlos Miguel Prieto as its next Music Director. Read more here.
The San Diego Symphony begins a $125 million renovation of their historic Copley Hall. Read more here.
The Metropolitan Opera has announced their 2022-23 season, a mix of modern works, familiar favorites, and rarities from the past. Read more here.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2022-23 season. Read more here.
The musicians of the San Antonio Symphony will perform independent concerts March 3-4. Read more here.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra begins a free Symphony in the City series. Read more here.
San Antonio Symphony musicians and management meet with a federal mediator in an effort to break the stalemate in negotiations. Read more here.
The Colorado Symphony has announced that Peter Oundjian will be the orchestra’s new Principal Conductor. Read more here.
Hollywood Bowl returns in full swing with its 100th anniversary lineup. Read more here.
The Kennedy Center has announced The Cartography Project, a multi-year initiative providing a platform for creators of color from communities grieving from race-based violence. Read more here.
San Francisco Opera's 99th season continues at War Memorial Opera House in June. Read more here.
The Rochester Philharmonic teams up with Three Heads Brewing for a new beer, PILSharmonic. Read more here.
The Metropolitan Opera commemorates Black history month with free nightly streamed programming. Read more here.
Chicago Lyric Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. Read more here.
Click here to read how some San Antonio Symphony musicians are keeping their lights on during the ongoing strike.
The Cleveland Orchestra invests in new technologies and fresh perspectives for their second season of In Focus. Read more here.
In light of what this past year held, I'm very pleased with the substantial progress we've made towards decreasing the size of our operating loss while also increasing our net assets. Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns. Read more here.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra receives $150,000 from the NEA through American Rescue Plan. Read more here.
Officials with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra feared Omicron would dent sales. In the end, 80% of tickets for its January concerts were sold. Read more here.
San Antonio Symphony musicians and management set negotiations with mediator. Read more here.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announces their 2022-23 season under new Music Director Robert Spano. Read more here.
New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra will return to Saratoga Performing Arts Center for summer residencies. Read more here.
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 2022 digital concerts, featuring full orchestra performances, will be released every month from January through May. Read more here.
The Boston Symphony has announced its upcoming 2022 Tanglewood season with performances June 17 through September 4. Read more here.
San Francisco Opera’s 2022–2023 season celebrates the company’s 100th birthday. Read more here.
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to touring for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Read more here.
San Diego Symphony announces the return of its Music Connects program. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra announces their 2022 summer Blossom schedule, performing 19 concerts between July 2 and Sept. 4. Read more here.
In March 2022, Washington National Opera will present the world premiere of Written in Stone for the Kennedy Center's landmark 50th anniversary season. Read more here.
Fort Worth Symphony announces 2022-23 season with new music director Robert Spano. Read more here.
Striking musicians propose a new offer to the San Antonio Symphony. Read more here.
The Grant Park Music Festival announced its 2022 season, running from June 15 to August 20, with a return to a 10-week season with full chorus and orchestra and plans to present 6 world-premieres. Read more here.
The New Jersey Symphony presents January concerts, including the Symphony's annual Lunar New Year celebration. Read more here.
Now it its sixth season, the Charlotte Symphony’s On Tap series mixes craft beer with classics. Read more here.
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will continue their 2021-22 season with over 40 upcoming performances in the new year. Read more here.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra returns in-person for their annual Russian Winter Festival. Read more here.