The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced that they will build a $118 million "one-of-a-kind entertainment campus" on the site that has been Coney Island amusement park for more than 125 years. Read more here.
Kwamé Ryan has been named music director of the Charlotte Symphony. Read more here.
Despite challenges, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra balanced its budget in fiscal year 2023. Read more here.
The 2024 ICSOM conference will be held at The Benson Hotel in Portland, OR, August 21-24. Check back here for more details in the spring of 2024.
The New York City Ballet and AFM Local 802 have agreed upon a new contract for the NYCB Orchestra which includes an increase in compensation of about 22% over three years. Read more here.
In early 2024, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to embark on its first tour in 6 years. Read more here.
The Jacksonville Symphony and its 60 full-time musicians have agreed upon a four-year contract, through the end of 2028. Read more here.
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to China for a tour marking 50 years since their historic 1973 visit. Read more here.
The Dallas Symphony will tour Europe for the first time in more than 10 years. Read more here.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s Listening Project showcases underrepresented composers. Read more here.
After several weeks of the threat of a strike and months of tension, the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians approve a new labor agreement. Read more here.
The musicians of the New York City Ballet Orchestra are in a bitter fight for a fair contract. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra announced that it raised $1.2 million at its annual gala. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra and its musicians have agreed on a new, three-year labor contract that includes a one-time, $5,000 agreement ratification bonus for each of its members. Read more here.
The San Francisco Symphony musicians sign a new contract after nearly a year-long battle. Read more here.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s sold-out gala raised over $1 million. Read more here.
Musicians of the New York City Ballet Orchestra protest stagnant wages at Lincoln Center. Read more here.
AFM Local 77 has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the management of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. on behalf of the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Read more here.
The San Francisco Symphony proposes a $100M renovation and expansion of Davies Symphony Hall. Read more here.
The San Francisco Symphony musicians’ contract expired on Nov. 26, 2022, and they will hit day 300 on an important date: the opening of the orchestra’s 112th season. Read more here.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have ratified a three-year labor contract. Read more here.
The New York Philharmonic gets a $40 million gift that endows Gustavo Dudamel's position as Music Director. Read more here.
The musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra have voted to reject their management’s best and final offer. Read more here.
This month the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will host the first Holocaust Composer Stories program. Read more here.
Musicians of the New York City Ballet Orchestra have voted to walk out if they can’t come to an agreement on a new contract. Read more here.
Click here to sign the petition from AFM Local 802 to support the musicians of the New York City Ballet Orchestra in their efforts to reach a fair contract.
The National Symphony Orchestra's free annual Labor Day concert will return to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Read more here.
Keith Carrick has been elected ICSOM chairperson! Click here to view all of the ICSOM Governing Board election results.
Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra have authorized a strike if ongoing negotiations with management for a new collective bargaining agreement break down. Read more here.
This month the Utah Symphony will embark upon a Music Elevated: Forever Mighty State Tour that will celebrate Utah’s cultural history and breathtaking landscapes, bringing performances to rural locations throughout the state. Read more here.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s musicians and Board of Trustees have ratified a three-year labor agreement that restores annual wage growth and includes a catch-up increase for the musicians. Read more here.
Isaac Thompson has been named President/CEO of the Oregon Symphony. Read more here.
The Minnesota Orchestra is teaming up with First Avenue for a future outdoor venue in north Minneapolis, an 8000-seat amphitheater along the Mississippi River. Read more here.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has brought back its Around the Town concert series for the summer, part of the RPO's commitment to 100 acts of service to celebrate their centennial season. Read more here.
Riccardo Muti will become the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Emeritus for life, beginning next season. Read more here.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced a $1 million gift from two philanthropists as a dedicated endowment for the OrchKids Program. Read more here.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has announced plans for the Jeanne R. Johnson Education Center which will provide music education to students across North Texas. Read more here.
The Pacific Symphony’s gala raised over $2 million for its artistic, education, and community engagement programs. Read more here.
The Phoenix Symphony and its musicians have announced agreement on a one-year contract. Read more here.
Giancarlo Guerrero will step down as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony at the conclusion of their 2024-25 season. Read more here.
The Florida Orchestra has announced that Ignacio Barrón Viela is its new President and CEO. Read more here.
ICSOM's sixty-first annual conference will be held in Milwaukee, WI August 23 - 26. Click here to register for the conference.
This month the Jacksonville Symphony will begin its inaugural Jazz Concert series. Read more here.
ICSOM is pleased to announce that Stephen Laifer is the new host of our monthly video series Musician Profiles: Celebrating Racial Diversity for the 2023-24 season. Read more here.
The New Jersey Symphony announces their 2023 Edward T. Cone Composition Institute composers. Read more here.
The Detroit Symphony feels the wind at its back as subscribers return after pandemic drop-off. Read more here.
Daniel Song has been appointed Interim CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Read more here.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has renewed Music Director Carlos Izcaray's contract through the 2026-27 season. Read more here.
Chad Smith, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s President/CEO, will leave his post this fall to become President/CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
In June, the MET Opera Orchestra will embark upon its first European tour since 2002. Read more here.
A decade later, Symphoria has grown out of the ashes of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
The Kansas City Symphony has announced that Matthias Pintscher will be their new Music Director. Read more here.
The New Jersey Symphony has received $1.5 million to continue the Colton Fellowship through 2028. Read more here.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has received $500,000 in state funding to perform concerts in eight Maryland counties this summer. Read more here.
The Grand Rapids Symphony has named Keith Elder as its new President/CEO. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra has landed a $10 million gift for improvements at Blossom Music Center, the orchestra's summer home. Read more here.
For their upcoming 75th season, the New York City Ballet will honor the legacy of George Balanchine, the company’s co-founder, and feature several world premieres. Read more here.
Since 2019, National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gianandrea Noseda has been quietly loaning 17th-19th century Italian string instruments from his private collection to the NSO. The musicians playing them had no idea that they came from their conductor — until now. Read more here.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is launching a new casual concert series this month with activities, cocktails, selfie walls and more. Read more here.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is seeing concert attendance rebound to near pre-pandemic levels, with an average 80% of the hall full for each classical concert in the 2022/23 season, plus a record number of new ticket buyers. Read more here.
The Cincinnati May Festival has announced the program for its 150th anniversary season. Read more here.
Oregon Symphony President/CEO since 2014, Scott Showalter will be moving to the role of Executive Advisor for the organization’s Board of Directors and next President/CEO. Read more here.
Click here to meet the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra's first Composer-in-Residence, Michael-Thomas Foumai.
The Pacific Symphony announces the appointment of their new Principal Pops Conductor, Enrico Lopez-Yañez. Read more here.
The New York Philharmonic’s 2023-24 season will spotlight the 100th anniversary of the orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts. Read more here.
ICSOM will be offering a scholarship for Underrepresented Musicians to attend the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). Read more here.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra goes international for their first European tour in six years. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra’s education concerts to be free in the wake of a new $7 million gift. Read more here.
The Colorado Symphony's new season celebrates 100 years! Read more here.
Celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma will kick off the Oregon Symphony’s 2023-24 season. Read more here.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrated Detroit’s 313 Day with $3.13 tickets. Read more here.
The Charlotte Symphony unveils its new season as it narrows the search for their next Music Director. Read more here.
Apple will launch its standalone classical music app on March 28. Read more here.
The Florida Orchestra's CEO Mark Cantrell has been named the new CEO of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, effective May 8, 2023. Read more here.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2023-24 season, the final one for their music director Louis Langrée, which will include 12 guest conductors as the CSO searches for his successor. Read more here.
Nearly 30 guest conductors from around the world will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their 2023-24 season, as music director Riccardo Muti steps down in June 2023. Read more here.
Members of The Cleveland Orchestra have scheduled a concert on March 14 to benefit victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Read more here.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has announced two new initiatives for their upcoming centennial season: the Orchestral Program for Urban Students (OPUS) and 100 Acts of Giving Back. Read more here.
The Cleveland Orchestra has revealed its 2023 Blossom Music Festival calendar. Read more here.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s contract at The Philadelphia Orchestra has been extended through 2030, and his title has been expanded from Music Director to Music and Artistic Director. Read more here.
Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will leave his post in 2026 to become Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Read more here.
The 2023 GRAMMY award winners for classical music have been announced. Read more here.
As their labor agreement expired last November, the San Francisco Symphony musicians have called attention to the situation on Facebook and their website. Read more here.
The Minnesota Orchestra announces a $655,575 operating loss in 2022, down from a $6.3 million loss in 2021. Read more here.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced a $100 million dollar renovation of Powell Hall. Read more here.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces it has retired its bank debt for fiscal year 2022, ending the year free of debt for the first time since 2001. Read more here.
The Louisville Orchestra is going on a two-year journey across their state, a tour made possible through a budget appropriation from the Kentucky state legislature. Read more here.
The Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra has announced that Dane Lam will be their new Music Director, beginning with the 2023-24 season. Read more here.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's free digital video series Our City, Your Orchestra returned this month, providing an opportunity for the musicians to go into the community and introduce viewers to positive happenings in their region. Read more here.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has agreed to extend Music Director Robert Spano’s contract through their 2027-28 season. Read more here.
The National Symphony Orchestra has named Jean Davidson as their new Executive Director. Read more here.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season raises the curtain on a transformative new vision, defined by heightened artistic excellence and directed at international acclaim. Read more here.
Two new Columbus Symphony musicians discuss the importance of diversity in orchestras. Read more here.
Click here to read an Arts and Culture conversation with Charlotte Symphony’s President/CEO David Fisk.
The MET Opera said that it would withdraw up to $30 million from its endowment, give fewer performances next season, and accelerate its embrace of contemporary works (which, in a shift, have been outselling the classics). Read more here.