• Overview

    2017 BSO Academy Week

    "The Academy refreshes my inspiration and drive to continue to make music despite my job, family and life obligations. It brought back my belief in myself as a musician." - 2016 BSO Academy Participant

    2017 Academy Week: Saturday, June 24 - Saturday, July 1, 2017

    The BSO Academy brings together passionate adult instrumental musicians from all over the United States for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Academy participants play side-by-side with the BSO in rehearsals and performances, and experience master classes, lectures, chamber music coachings, and sectionals led by orchestra members and experts in the field. The Academy provides an immersive experience for adult non-professional musicians who desire an intensive learning experience.

    2017 General Information & Program Overview

    ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM: We are still accepting Orchestral Program applications for all sections except for FLUTE, OBOE, and CLARINET.

    CHAMBER PROGRAM: We are currently ONLY accepting Chamber Program applications for VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, and BASS.

    Meet the BSO Musicians

  • Orchestral Program

    Orchestral Program 

    "The BSO Academy has revolutionized my playing! Though I had played clarinet for 20 years (and then didn't play for 25 years) prior to coming to the Academy, I had never played next to professional musicians so I could hear and "learn on the fly" how to become a better player and musician. I had never played so many hours, so much music, or so intensely for any week in my life (or in front of so many professionals and peers)! It's a unique and wonderful experience every year." - 2016 BSO Academy Week Participant

    Developed by Music Director Marin Alsop and BSO English Horn Jane Marvine in 2010, the BSO Academy Orchestral Program (formerly the Orchestral Track) is the world’s leading intensive orchestral experience for adult, non-professional musicians. This program allows musicians of all ability levels to leave their day jobs and everyday lives behind to sit side-by-side with the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to play extraordinary repertoire on stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.


  • Chamber Program

    Academy Chamber Program

    "Every year I learn new things at the Academy that I bring home to share with my musical friends. When I look back at who I was as a musician the first year, and where I am now, I am astonished to see and hear how far I've come. I am so aware of phrasing and the nuances of the music - and I wouldn't be in the same place without having the experience of sitting next to some of the finest musicians in the world." - 2016 BSO Academy Participant

    The Academy Chamber Program appeals to a wide range of adult musicians – from those who are interested in trying chamber music maybe for the first time as an elective experience (i.e. in addition to the Orchestral Program) to advanced players seeking a week-long intensive experience focusing exclusively on chamber ensemble playing through the Full Chamber Program. For all participants, the Academy Chamber Program provides adult musicians with opportunities to evolve into more advanced chamber musicians.