ACMA is a collaborative, vibrant community of people with a passion for music and the arts. Our primary mission is to inspire people through music and to continue building this community. We accomplish this objective through regularly scheduled recitals, social gatherings, and our Carnegie Hall concerts. We believe that all dedicated musicians, not just world-class professionals, should have the opportunity to perform in public.

ACMA was founded in September 2007 by Alberto De Salas to provide opportunities for dedicated musicians to play solo and ensemble works in front of an audience. Starting in 2009, an annual (in some years, semiannual), auditioned concert at Carnegie Hall became part of our program. We have regularly performed in both Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall. Our original small group of three has turned into a thriving community of over 3000 musicians from many different occupations, backgrounds, and nationalities.

  • For those who love music -- but do not sing or play an instrument -- ACMA provides a forum to interact directly with other musicians and music lovers, via a steady series of opportunities to see and listen to live performances.

  • For the beginner or intermediate amateur musician who might be on the cusp of performing in public, we provide a supportive, non-critical environment in which to take the daunting but amazing first step onto the performance stage.

  • For the advanced amateur or professional-level musician, we connect a network of fellow musicians to an appreciative audience, encourage more and more challenging repertoire, and provide many wonderful performance opportunities.

  • Technical perfection is not our main objective. Rather, we focus on the celebration and presentation of great works of music with enthusiasm and appreciation. We always encourage everyone to continue on their musical journey, wherever it may take them.

"The only love affair I have ever had was with music." Maurice Ravel


ACMA is a non-profit corporation in the state of New York and currently holds both federal and state tax-exempt status.