• 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

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  • 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, February 25: 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.


    Pinchas ZukermanPinchas Zukerman Performs Bach
    Fri, Nov 10, 8 pm
    Sat, Nov 11, 8 pm

    Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin

    Bach // Violin Concerto in A Minor Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Schoenberg // Verklärte Nacht (1943) Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Beethoven // Symphony No. 2 in D Major Listen Now BSO Podcast

    A phenomenon in the world of music as both violinist and conductor, the legendary Pinchas Zukerman performs Bach’s A Minor Concerto. Verklärte Nacht’s lush and passionate melodies make it one of Schoenberg’s most famous works. The program closes with Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. 


    Andre WattsAndré Watts Returns for Rach 2
    Fri, Nov 17, 8 pm

    Robert Spano, conductor 
    André Watts, piano

    Christopher Theofanidis // Dreamtime Ancestors
    Elgar // Falstaff Listen Now
    Rachmaninoff // Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Listen Now

    André Watts burst onto the music scene when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. The now legendary artist performs Rachmaninoff’s most popular Piano Concerto. Christopher Theofanidis, one of the most performed living composers, honors fellow composer Stephen Paulus in a new work.


    Marin AlsopMozart's Requiem
    Thu, Nov 30, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director
    Alisa Jordheim, soprano
    Diana Moore, alto
    Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
    Michael Dean, bass
    University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, Director of Choral Activities

    Christopher Rouse // Berceuse Infinie (World Premiere Commission)
    Mozart // Requiem Listen Now

    The power and mystery of Mozart’s final masterpiece has inspired audiences for centuries. Experience the Requiem and the World Premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Berceuse Infinie. Maestra Marin Alsop has praised Rouse's work as "relevant, visceral, moving and thrilling — music that can change people, music that makes time stop.”


    UMD School of MusicOff the Cuff: Mozart's Mysterious Requiem
    Sat, Dec 2, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director
    Alisa Jordheim, soprano
    Diana Moore, alto
    Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
    Michael Dean, bass
    University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, Director of Choral Activities

    Mozart // Requiem Listen Now

    An ‘unknown, gray stranger’ knocked on Mozart’s door requesting a Requiem Mass on the condition that the composer would not seek to learn the identity of his patron. Mozart threw himself obsessively into the composition, but fell ill and was unable to finish the score. Join Maestra Alsop and explore the mystery behind the Mass.