• About

    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 250 of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s most talented musicians. The BSYO serves as ensemble-in-residence at the state-of-the-art George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland.

    In addition to weekly rehearsals, BSYO students have opportunities to collaborate with and be mentored by BSO musicians and Maestra Marin Alsop, including:

    • Side-by-Side rehearsals with the BSO
    • Coaching from BSO musicians
    • Master classes with world-renowned guest artists
    • Access to exclusive BSYO events at the Meyerhoff
    • Intensive chamber music classes and performance opportunities


  • Faculty

    Nicholas Hersh, Artistic Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor
    Mary Poling, Concert Orchestra Conductor
    Nana Vaughn, String Orchestra Conductor
    Alicia Kosack, BSYO Manager
    Gina Kotowski, Librarian
    Jim Kotowski, Operations Assistant

  • Concerts

    Sunday, December 17 (NEW DATE AND TIMES!): Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 4:00 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 7:00 pm

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    Sunday, March 18: Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 2:30 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 5:30 pm

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    Friday, May 25: Meyerhoff
    String, Concert and Youth Orchestra: 7 pm

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  • Auditions

    Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the BSYO!

    At this time, all spots are filled for our 2017-2018 auditions.

    If you would like to be contacted should a spot becomes available, or if you would like to be contacted about future auditions, please complete the audition application.

    If you have any further questions please contact BSYO Operations Manager Alicia Kosack at AKosack@BSOmusic.org

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  • BSYO Members Only

    Buy the exclusive BSYO Access Pass!

    For $25 your BSYO student can have unlimited access to select BSO concerts throughout the season. For each eligible concert, the BSYO Access Pass allows you one concert ticket at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall ticket window. Family and friends can attend as well by taking advantage of the 20% discount offered to BSYO families or by purchasing Rush Tickets. Available concerts will be listed on this page and updated as the season progresses.

    Passes may be purchased at weekly BSYO rehearsals.

    Please note that this offer is only valid for select concerts listed on this page. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.

    Mozart's JupiterMozart's Jupiter
    Fri, Jan 5, 8 pm

    Bernard Labadie, conductor
    Emily Skala, flute
    Sarah Fuller, harp

    Mozart // Eine kleine Nachtmusik Listen Now
    Mozart // Concerto for Flute and Harp Listen Now
    Mozart // Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter” Listen Now

    Mozart's beloved and revolutionary "Jupiter" Symphony spans the breadth of human emotion, showcasing compositional skill that remains unrivaled. Mozart’s only score for harp, his Double Concerto, performed by BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala and Acting Principal Harp Sarah Fuller, is divine and melodic. 

    James WymanConcerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists
    Thu, Jan 11, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director
    James Wyman and Jauvon Gilliam, timpani
    Lura Johnson and Michael Sheppard, piano
    Wordsmith, narrator

    Saint-Saëns // Carnival of the Animals (with hip-hop narration) Listen Now  alt=
    Philip Glass // Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists Listen Now  alt=
    Debussy // La Mer Listen Now  alt=
    Ravel // La Valse Listen Now  alt=

    Marin Alsop brings Carnival of the Animals into the 21stcentury with Baltimore hip-hop artist, Wordsmith. Baltimore native Philip Glass creates rhythmic power with his Concerto Fantasy in the hands of Principal Timpanists James Wyman of the BSO and Jauvon Gilliam of the National Symphony Orchestra.

    Gabriela MonteroTchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
    Fri, Jan 19, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director 
    Gabriela Montero, piano

    Bartók // Romanian Folk Dances
    Bartók // Concerto for Orchestra Listen Now
    Tchaikovsky // Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor Listen Now

    Revered pianist Gabriela Montero returns for Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1. “[She] has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power… and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity” (The New York Times). Bartók combines his love of folk music with traditional classical forms and paints a picture with his Concerto for Orchestra, an innovative piece that pops with vivid colors.

    Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, January 19, featuring Gabriela Montero.