• About
    BSYO Concert 1

    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
    BSYO Concert 6

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

  • Concerts
    BSYO Concert 2

    Sunday, December 11: Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 2:30 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 5:30 pm

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    Sunday, March 12: Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 2:30 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 5:30 pm

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    Sunday, May 14: Meyerhoff
    String, Concert and Youth Orchestra: 3 pm

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  • Auditions
    BSYO Concert

    Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the BSYO!

    Information for our 2017-2018 auditions will be posted at the end of March. Auditions will be in late May and early June.

    The information currently posted is from last year's auditions.

    If you have any further questions please contact BSYO 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. The BSYO Access Pass can be presented at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall ticket window for one concert ticket. Parents 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.

    Dima SlobodenioukTchaikovsky's Pathétique

    Friday, January 6, 8 pm

    Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
    Paul Lewis, piano


    Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (BSO Premiere)
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Listen NowPodcast Symbol
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” Listen NowPodcast Symbol

    The finest British pianist of his generation, Paul Lewis makes his BSO debut with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. From the beginning of this lyrical work the piano firmly takes the lead, and so does this thrilling artist, a recognized Beethoven specialist. Dima Slobodeniouk, a conductor with deep Russian roots, frames the concerto with two masterpieces of his native land: the first-ever BSO performance of Stravinsky’s 1920 miniature gem — a perfect showcase for the BSO’s winds — and Tchaikovsky’s profoundly stirring “Pathétique” Symphony.


    Jon CarneyBeethoven Symphony No. 7

    Thursday, January 12, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Valentina Peleggi, conductor*
    Jonathan Carney, violin

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnolListen NowPodcast Symbol
    Walton: Violin Concerto Listen NowPodcast Symbol
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Listen NowPodcast Symbol

    From the vivid first notes of the Capriccio espagnol to the joyous close of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, this program is sheer delight. The Capriccio, a feast of Spanish melodies and a showpiece for soloists within the orchestra, introduces newcomer Valentina Peleggi, the current winner of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia fellowship. Concertmaster Jonathan Carney takes center stage in Walton’s tempestuous Violin Concerto, shining a light on his virtuosic talents. Beethoven called his Seventh Symphony “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

    Marin AlsopOff the Cuff:
    Beethoven Symphony No. 7

    Saturday, January 14, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Listen NowPodcast Symbol

    Marin Alsop illuminates the backstory of the work Beethoven called “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

    Join us for our inspired Off the Cuff series — an hour-long performance by the Baltimore Symphony plus an after-party featuring live entertainment, food and drink specials!

    Jean Efflam BavouzetBrahms Symphony No. 1

    Friday, January 20, 8 pm

    Johannes Debus, conductor
    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

    Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville Listen Now
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Listen NowPodcast Symbol
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Listen NowPodcast Symbol

    While the prolific Gioachino Rossini could toss off an entire opera in a matter of weeks, not so for our other two composers. Beethoven labored so long over his first piano concerto that it inevitably became his second. Acclaimed debut artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gives an elegant interpretation of this witty and expansive work. And Brahms, keenly aware of Beethoven’s long shadow, did not finish his transporting First Symphony, often dubbed “Beethoven’s Tenth,” until he was 42. BSO debut conductor Johannes Debus proves that this program of treasured and timeless classics was well worth the wait.

    Tony DesareSuperPops:
    A Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

    Friday, January 27, 8 pm
    Saturday, January 28, 8 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor
    Ann Hampton Callaway, vocalist
    Tony DeSare, vocalist
    Frankie Moreno, vocalist

    Come fly away with Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops as we welcome Broadway’s own Tony DeSare, Ann Hampton Callaway and Frankie Moreno for a tour of your favorite Sinatra standards. It takes you back to the time when a great voice and a great song came together… and there was magic.

    Markus StenzBruckner Symphony No. 4

    Friday, February 3, 8 pmBSO Late Night
    Saturday, February 4, 8 pm

    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Gabriela Montero, piano BSO Late Night

    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 Listen Now
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” Listen Now

    The vibrant Venezuelan Gabriela Montero, known as much for her dazzling improvisations as for her brilliant command of the repertoire, makes her BSO debut. Perhaps, like Mozart himself, she will indulge in some improv. Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz conducts Bruckner’s most popular symphony, the Fourth known as the “Romantic,” with its brilliant use of horns and allusions to the hunt. A showcase for the BSO’s great brass section!

    BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: New thie season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, February 3, featuring Gabriela Montero.

    Johannes MoserDvořák Cello Concerto

    Thursday, February 16, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Johannes Moser, cello

    Jonathan Leshnoff: Dancin' Blue Crabs (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
    Barber: Symphony No. 1 Listen Now
    Copland: Lincoln Portrait Listen Now
    Dvořák: Cello Concerto Listen Now

    American Classics. Marin Alsop, a champion of American music, pairs Samuel Barber’s unabashedly Romantic First Symphony with Copland’s dramatic evocation of the nation’s 16th President, narrated by Baltimore’s own Kwame Kwei-Armah. And the greatest concerto in the cello literature, an exquisite tribute to a dying first love, was also written in America, after the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák moved here from his native Moravia. Johannes Moser brings this concert to a rousing conclusion.

    Maestra AlsopOff the Cuff:
    Dvořák Cello Concerto

    Saturday, February 18, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Johannes Moser, cello

    Dvořák: Cello Concerto Listen Now

    Back by popular demand, cellist Johannes Moser joins Maestra Marin Alsop in a truly special Off The Cuff exploring Dvořák’s haunting cello concerto.

    Join us for our inspired Off the Cuff series — an hour-long performance by the Baltimore Symphony plus an after-party featuring live entertainment, food and drink specials!

    Henning KraggerudMendelssohn Symphony No. 4

    Friday, February 24, 8 pm

    Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Henning Kraggerud, violin

    Rameau: Suite from Dardanus
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 Listen Now
    Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style Listen Now
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian” Listen Now

    Baroque and early Classical expert Nicholas McGegan brings his infectious enthusiasm to a light and buoyant program. 18th century delights by Mozart, who composed his youthful Violin Concerto No. 3 when he was only 19, and Rameau prepare the way for early 19th century classics by Schubert and Mendelssohn. Both young composers in their early 20s found inspiration from the beauty, art, vitality and happiness of Italy. Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud makes a welcome return as concerto soloist.