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2017 Player Conference Preview


TMA Conference  |  july 31-august 1 |  Phoenix, Arizona

The Theatre Musicians Association Conference will be held at the Crown Plaza Phoenix-Phx Airport. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend this once a year opportunity to network, share experiences, and work toward our common goals. For more information visit the website (

ROPA Conference  |  August 1-3  |  Phoenix, Arizona

The Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) Conference will be held at the Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel. A negotiations seminar will be held July 31. The conference is hosted by the Arizona Opera Orchestra and AFM Local 586 (Phoenix, AZ). All AFM members are welcome to attend the open sessions. For registration and information, visit the ROPA website (

OCSM Conference  |  August 14-18  |  Gatineau, Quebec

The Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) Conference will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in the national capital region. It will be hosted by Local 180 (Ottawa, ON). All musicians from member orchestras are welcome to attend the open sessions, beginning August 15.

ICSOM  |  August 23-26  |  Buffalo, New York

The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) Conference will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, hosted by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Local 92 (Buffalo, NY). Follow the conference links from the ICSOM website ( for more information

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