• 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
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    Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the BSYO!

    Auditions for the 2014-2015 season have passed. However, if you would like to be contacted should a spot become 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.


  • 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:

    Handel's Messiah
    Fri, December 5, 7:30 pm

    Edward Polochick, conductor/harpsichordist
    Sydney Mansacola, soprano
    Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano
    Ross Hauck, tenor
    Sidney Outlaw, bass-baritone
    Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

    Handel: Messiah

    Witness the magnitude and sheer joy of the “Hallelujah Chorus” as its sonorous chords echo throughout the concert hall. The BSO continues its tradition of ushering in the holiday season with Handel’s powerful and faith-filled Messiah.

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    Holly Jolly Pops
    Fri, December 12, 7:30 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society
        Tom Hall, music director
    Debbie Gravitte, vocalist
    Ted Keegan, vocalist
    Baltimore School for the Arts dancers
    Artists from Cirque de la Symphonie

    Jack Everly and the Tap-Dancing Santas are back! Experience this sparkling holiday celebration with full chorus, orchestra and guest vocalists. Carols, sing-alongs and artists from Cirque de la Symphonie will get you into the holiday spirit and deliver fun for the whole family!

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    Beethoven's 9th
    Fri, January 2, 8:00 pm

    Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Katie Van Kooten, soprano
    Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano
    Thomas Cooley, tenor
    Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society

    Beethoven: King Stephen Overture
    Haydn: The Storm
    Beethoven: Opferlied
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

    Ring in the New Year with the ultimate musical expression of brotherhood and humanity. BSO favorite Nicholas McGegan leads Beethoven’s final symphony with the ever-popular “Ode to Joy.”

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    The Rite of Spring
    Thur, January 8, 8:00 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Cristina Pato
    , Galician bagpipes
    Kayhan Kalhor
    , kamancheh
    David Krakauer
    , klezmer clarinet
    Michael Ward-Bergeman
    , hyper-accordian

    Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
    Osvaldo Golijov: Rose of the Winds
    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

    Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring headlines this program brimming with ritualism and ethnic flair. Golijov’s Rose of the Winds fuses together native music from around the globe and Barber delivers an eerie soundtrack for Greek mythology’s first femme fatale.

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    Off the Cuff: The Rite of Spring
    Sat, January 10, 7:00 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

    With its clashing harmonies and explosive rhythms, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was an historic turning point in modern music 100 years ago. Marin Alsop guides the audience through the complexities and elements that even today make this rambunctious work feel edgy. If there’s a riot like there was in 1913 Paris, won’t you want to be there?

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    Bruckner Symphony No. 8
    Fri, January 16, 8:00 pm

    Günther Herbig, conductor
    Alon Goldstein, piano

    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

    The composer's last complete symphonic statement is also his greatest in scale culminating in a blazing grand finale that resolves the work's underlying spiritual dilemma. Peabody alum Alon Goldstein makes his BSO debut in one of Mozart's most enchanting concertos.

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    Mahler's 3rd Symphony
    Thu, January 29, 8:00 pm
    Fri, January 30, 8:00 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women’s Chorus
    Peabody’s Children’s Chorus

    Mahler: Symphony No. 3

    No symphony ever written conveys a broader expressive range than Mahler's paean to the power of nature - from the frightening and the awesome to the tender and lovely. Marin Alsop and the BSO take you on an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

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