• About
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    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 210 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


  • Welcome
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    Welcome to the BSYO!

    I am very excited about our new season and continuing the BSYO’s journey as part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand its reach artistically, musically and educationally.

    During our inaugural season last year, in addition to performing concerts in two amazing venues, the orchestras worked under BSO Music Director Marin Alsop, coached with musicians of the BSO, and collaborated with the artists from the Heifetz Institute. This past June, we had record numbers of auditions and membership in our orchestras has grown significantly both in numbers and talent. The BSYO will now have a total student body of 205 which represents counties in both the state of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

    In this second season, the BSYO will continue to be a cornerstone of BSO's education programs and provide wonderful concerts both at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. In addition to these outstanding performances, students will again have the opportunity to collaborate with world-class artists, perform chamber music concerts at the Meyerhoff, and be given the opportunity to attend exclusive BSO events.

    Please join me in celebrating our BSYO students, and I hope you enjoy this season of exciting music making!


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    Ken Lam
    BSYO Artistic Director

  • Faculty
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    Ken Lam, Artistic Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor
    Mary Poling, Concert Orchestra Conductor
    Nana Vaughn, String Orchestra Conductor
    Carol Bogash, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement
    Nicholas Cohen, General Manager, BSYO and OrchKids
    Alicia Kosack, BSYO Operations Manager
    Gina Kotowski, Librarian
    Jim Kotowski, Operations Assistant

  • Concerts
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    Don't miss out on these exciting BSYO concerts!

    Sunday, December 14 | 3:00 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, March 8 | 3:00 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, May 24 | 3:00 pm | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

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  • Auditions
    BSYO Concert

    BSYO auditions for the 2015-2016 season will take place June 6th - 14th.

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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.

    Please note that this offer is only valid for select concerts listed on this page, September 2014 to June 2015. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.


    Available Concerts:
    Louis Lortie

    The Firebird Suite

    Fri, February 27,  8:00 PM


    Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

    Louis Lortie, piano

    Berlioz: Le Corsaire
    Ravel (orch. Tortelier): Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
    Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

    Deeply exotic and fanciful, Stravinsky’s poingnant Firebird Suite tells the tale of the bird’s heroic triumph over evil. Hailed by many as an authority on Mozart, Louis Lortie brings his classical flair to Mozart’s poignant Piano Concerto No. 23.

     Simon Trpceski

    Shakespeare in Love
    with Simon Trpceski

    Fri, Mar 6, 8 pm

    Cristian Macelaru, conductor

    Simon Trpčeski, piano  

    Stravinsky: "Divertimento" from The Fairy's Kiss
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture 

    The BSO meets the Bard in an evening of fantasy, magic and romance! Shakespeare inspires Tchaikovsky’s epic Tempest Fantasy Overture and the seductive Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Also, Simon Trpčeski plays Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 


    Masaaki Suzuki


    Mozart’s Great Mass

    Fri, Mar 13, 8 pm

     Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

    Augustin Hadelich, violin
    Simona Saturova, soprano
    Joanne Lunn, mezzo-soprano
    Nicholas Phan, tenor
    Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
    University of Maryland Concert Choir

    Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
    Mozart: Mass in C minor

    Founder of the renowned Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki makes his BSO debut as he leads an all-Mozart program, including the fifth Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich. The University of Maryland Concert Choir and four talented soloists perform Mozart’s sublimely beautiful Great Mass.

     Sol Gabetta

    Haydn and Ravel

    Fri, Mar 20, 8 pm
    Sat, Mar 21, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Sol Gabetta, cello

    Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
    Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
    Ravel: La Valse
    R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

    Would you like to dance? In orchestral technicolor, Marin Alsop and the BSO bring to life the lighter and darker sides of the waltz as imagined by Ravel and Strauss in pre- and post-WWI Europe. After her triumphant 2012 debut, star cellist Sol Gabetta returns to perform Haydn’s sparkling concerto.

     Adam Walker

    Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony

    Thu, Apr 9, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Adam Walker, flute

    Shostakovich: Festive Overture
    Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto - East Coast Premiere
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

    The Fifth, the second masterpiece of Tchaikovsky’s great final symphonic trilogy, takes us on a passionate journey from self-doubt to seeming triumph, embracing in a moment of inner repose the slow movement’s famous, wistful, horn solo. An extraordinary talent, Adam Walker makes his BSO debut with the East Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto.