The Atlanta Community Orchestra

Promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of music,
Reaches out to diverse communities throughout greater Atlanta, and
Provides educational and cultural opportunities for musicians and audiences.
The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, led by Juan R. Ramírez, Artistic Director and Conductor, proudly presents its 60th Concert Series 2017-2018
Juan R. Ramírez, Artistic Director and Conductor Juan R. Ramírez Hernández is a violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a celebrated composer, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. Under the...

The Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition

44th Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition Concert May 6th.

Upcoming Concerts

The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra,
led by Juan R. Ramírez, Artistic Director and Conductor,
We are currently planning our  61th Concert Series 2018-2019
Stay tuned for further announcements and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! #acsorch
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Kroger Community Awards Program
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The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra (ACSO) was conceived in the summer of 1957 under the auspices of the Atlanta Music Club (AMC). At that time, there were very limited orchestral opportunities for serious instrumentalists in Atlanta. Mrs. Charles Chalmers, AMC President (1956-1960), worked with AMC members Mrs. Ruth Dabney Allen and Ms. Ruth Kern, a local music educator and violist, to establish a community orchestra to further the progress of talented amateur musicians in the Atlanta area.
Ms. Kern emphasized that it was the responsibility of the teachers of the city to see that serious music students and adult musicians had an opportunity to rehearse and perform symphonic music.

In the fall of 1957, at the invitation of the AMC, an ensemble of seventeen players convened at the home of Mrs. Andrew Fairlie to explore the possibilities for a new community-based orchestra to perform symphonic literature. The Atlanta Community Orchestra (now the ACSO) was officially founded in 1958. The ACSO’s first free public concert was performed on May 12, 1958, under the baton of Maestro Harry Kruger.
ACSO_Gala_2008More than half a century later, the ACSO continues its dual missions of providing symphonic orchestral training and performance opportunities for serious Atlanta-area musicians and quality, free symphonic performances for audiences around metro-Atlanta and the State of Georgia. For more than forty years, the ACSO has held an annual Young Artists’ Concerto Competition (YACC), giving dedicated music students the opportunity to perform solo works with the orchestra. The Ruth Kern YACC is named in honor of Ms. Kern, founding ACSO member, for her dedication to both music education and the orchestra.

Today ACSO provides the citizens of metro Atlanta and other Georgia cities over six symphonic concerts a year at no admission charge.

The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra (ACSO) performs under the direction of Juan R. Ramirez, Artistic Director and Conductor


Our Supporters

Thanks to those companies and organizations that provide funding and support to the orchestra.

Atlanta Music Club