ICSOM Welcomes the Pacific Symphony

August 23, 2021

For the first time in eight years, ICSOM welcomed a new voice to its ensemble. The Pacific Symphony became the 53rd member orchestra of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians at ICSOM's annual conference, held August 11–14, 2021, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Based at the Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California, the Pacific Symphony was founded in 1978, and is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years. Presenting more than 100 concerts and events a year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, the Symphony reaches more than 300,000 residents of Orange County—from school children to senior citizens.

In April 2018, the Pacific Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall as one of two orchestras invited to perform during a yearlong celebration of composer Philip Glass’s 80th birthday, and the following month the orchestra toured China. The orchestra made its national PBS debut in June 2018 on Great Performances with Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America, conducted by its music director, Carl St.Clair.

“The musicians of ICSOM are pleased to welcome the musicians of the Pacific Symphony into our ranks” said ICSOM President Paul Austin. “The notable achievements of the Pacific Symphony place the orchestra and its musicians among the very best in our country. We believe that this wonderful ensemble has a bright future ahead, and we are proud that they are now members of ICSOM.”


The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) represents nearly 4000 symphonic musicians in the top 53 orchestras in the United States and Puerto Rico. ICSOM's mission is to promote a better and more rewarding livelihood for the skilled orchestral performer and to enrich the cultural life of our society.

Please contact ICSOM Chairperson Meredith Snow at (818) 786-3776, or by writing meredsnow@gmail.com.

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