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2024 CONFERENCE PREVIEW

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Loews Kansas City Hotel
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Country Club Plaza
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Shirley Bush Helzberg Symphony House 
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The National World War I Museum and Memorial
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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
and American Jazz Museum

Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers

44th Biennial Conference

Kansas City, Missouri

April 4-7, 2024

"Listening and Learning: Volunteers Give and Gain"

Our Conference will be jam-packed with opportunities for you and your fellow volunteers to learn more about symphony-oriented volunteer projects which have been successful around North America and to connect with other enthusiastic volunteers who work on projects like yours.

Here is an abbreviated schedule for the Conference. Unless noted, all is included with the Conference registration fee of just $550. The deadline for registration is March 1, 2024.

Thursday, April 4

Arrive in Kansas City and check into the new Loews Kansas City Hotel just across the street from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, where the Kansas City Symphony performs.

Pre-Conference tours will be available to several local museums: the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (one tour; the museums share a building), The Arabia Steamboat Museum, and The National WWI Museum and Memorial. These tours are an extra charge. Tours are 12:30pm-3:00pm..

Take a trolley ride to the famed Country Club Plaza shopping and dining district for shopping or a guided tour of the charming Plaza fountains. Enjoy our welcoming happy hour with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Classic Cup Cafe, a longtime favorite Plaza restaurant.

Friday, April 5

Start the day with a Table Topic breakfast where you can choose from among several tables where discussion leaders will facilitate conversations on these topics: membership, communications, technology, leadership, fundraising.

After a brief AMSOV business meeting, attend a panel discussion on relations between symphony staff members and volunteers.

Celebrate our AMSOV stars at the presentation of our Innovator Awards and Standing Ovation Awards. You’ll hear about our nationally recognized award-winning volunteer projects and outstanding individual volunteers.

Enjoy lunch with Kansas City Symphony musician entertainment and a special speaker.

Attend an afternoon panel discussion about attracting and retaining symphony volunteers

Join fellow members for a reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres) at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts across the street from the hotel, followed by a concert preview and a performance by the Kansas City Symphony.

Saturday, April 6

The Table Topic breakfast is offered again so you can select an additional topic to the one you chose Friday.

Attend a session on diversity, equity and inclusion in symphony volunteer organizations.

Hear ideas on leadership training and cultivation at this morning’s panel discussion.

Gather for lunch and a special program at the Symphony House, the Kansas City Symphony’s historic, renovated office building, just a block away. We’ll honor President Harry S. Truman, from nearby Independence, Missouri, who was a classical music lover and supporter; we’ll “meet” with the President in the guise of an impersonator!

Close out the day with a brief afternoon AMSOV business meeting, followed by a panel discussion of “life beyond fundraising,” focusing on symphony volunteer projects which do not involve fundraising.

Top off your Conference experience with a celebration dinner featuring Kansas City jazz entertainers and a brief history of Kansas City jazz, another music genre for which Kansas City is famous.

Sunday, April 7

Enjoy optional post-Conference tours: American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (one tour; the museums share a building) and The National WWI Museum and Memorial . These tours are an extra charge. Tours are 12:00pm-2:30pm.

Depart for home.

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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 
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Brandmeyer Great Hall
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Helzberg Hall
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 Arabia Steamboat Museum
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Michael Stern, Music Director

Conference attendee checklist:

  •  Complete and submit your registration form.

  •  Make your air travel arrangements to and from Kansas City

  •  Arrange for ground transportation from and back to the airport

 

Information needed to complete the Conference registration form:

  • Your volunteer organization’s contact information, including the name of the organization, name of the president,

       and mailing address.

  • Your choices of tours. Click on the registration form link below to view tour options.

  • Your guest's contact information.

  • Your guest's choices of meals, events and tours. Click on the registration form link below and respond "yes" to the guest question to see guest meal options.

  • Emergency contact information for you.

  • Any special assistance you require.

 

To access the Conference Registration Form click on the register button below.

Thank you for registering, and we look forward to seeing you at our AMSOV Conference!   Registration deadline is March 1, 2024.

Questions?  Please contact our Conference registration chair, Linda Hartman,

at 816-803-4020, or registration@amsov.org.

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