San Luis Obispo, CA – David Hamilton, President of the San Luis Obispo Symphony Board of Directors, was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ (ACSO) Conference in Los Angeles on July 20, 2017. The awards presentation was part of ACSO's Annual Conference, which took place July 20– July 22, 2017, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. More than 200 orchestra trustees, volunteers, musicians, conductors, and staff members came together for three days of networking, panels, peer forums, and musical events.
Initiated in 1996, the Most Valuable Player Awards were created to recognize exemplary volunteers, volunteer projects, and volunteer organizations working for California's symphony orchestras and choruses. A total of nine awards were presented at the ceremony, representing volunteers from orchestras from all budget categories throughout California.
David won the award for his role as chair of the Music Director Search Committee. He led a year-and-a-half long selection process that began with 134 applicant resumes which were narrowed to five candidates auditioning during the 2016-17 Classics in the Cohan season. After each concert, the Search Committee asked for input from orchestra members and subscribers. Not only did David lead a very professional and organized search, he drove to Santa Barbara in the middle of the night to pick up candidates when their flights were diverted and delayed. He generously put lunch and hotel expenses on his own credit card to make things flow smoothly. David garnered the respect of the orchestral musicians during the process. He used the search to make them feel respected and build unity in organization. The search also built excitement in the community. To sum up, David handled small details with unprecedented care, invested himself in the process, and moved the organization a BIG step forward.
The Association of California Symphony Orchestras is a non-profit service organization composed of California’s professional, chamber, community, and youth orchestras and choruses and their volunteer associations, as well as businesses serving the orchestra and chorus field. Established in 1969, it provides leadership and services to over 120 orchestras and choruses in California and the region. Its mission is to encourage and support the artistic, organizational, and fiscal development of California's symphony orchestras and choruses. It fosters their ability to serve a diverse population and promotes to the public the value and importance of orchestras and choruses and the music they perform. Services include a quarterly newsletter, management consultations, the Annual Conference and webinars, comparative statistics, website, and resource materials. The office is located in Sacramento. www.acso.org
About the San Luis Obispo Symphony
The San Luis Obispo Symphony was established in 1954 by a small group of 11 musicians called the Morro Bay Community Orchestra. The SLO Symphony was incorporated in 1961 and, in its 56-year history, has grown significantly to become a leading arts institution in the community with 70 orchestra members, a large Youth Symphony program with six ensembles and a music education program that has ten school-based programs that have touched more than 16,000 youth per year.
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