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 51 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.
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Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni
2014 ICSOM Convention Host Hotel Chosen
ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge writes on the current state of arts journalism: All the News That Fits the Print
Grand Rapids Symphony joins ICSOM
ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge writes on the Minnesota Orchestra situation in the Star-Tribune
The 2013 AFM speech by ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge is available here.
ICSOM Chair Bruce Ridge interview on artsATL.com