• About
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    OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost. OrchKids is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, the music program that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most impoverished areas. Currently OrchKids works with five public schools in Baltimore City, serving close to 750 children from Pre-K through the 8th grade.


    Read More:
    Mission & Goals
    Letter from Marin
    OrchKids Staff
    Community Partners

    OrchKids Newsletter- July Edition


  • Sites
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    OrchKids is currently based in both West and East Baltimore at five Baltimore City Public Schools serving children in grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Each site is led by a site coordinator that is based in the school and works closely with parents and families, community organizations, and school administration to reflect the needs of the community and implement the OrchKids program. Through the OrchKids program, each site receives a wide variety of music instruction and concert opportunities with frequent field trips to many of Baltimore’s cultural institutions.

    Current Sites:

    Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School
    Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School
    New Song Academy
    Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #215
    Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts 

  • Book Us!

    Book Us! 

    Book OrchKids for your next event!
    Interested in having OrchKids perform at an event?  Want to find out more about having the OrchKids Artistic Staff speak at an event?   Read below for more information.

    About OrchKids Performers
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program has performed for over 250,000 audience members since the program’s inception in 2007. Our students have performed at major venues across the United States, including the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, DiMenna Center (NYC), Verizon Center.
    OrchKids inspires its over 750 students to explore all genres of music and its orchestral, choral, drumming, and mixed genre ensembles have performed with a range of artists, from Roger Waters, Renee Fleming and Matisyahu to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, beat boxer Shodekeh, Pink Martini, and Hillary Hahn.

    Artistic Offerings

    • OrchKids Artistic Ensembles: The ensembles listed below can be presented in various combinations to create a more varied performance and longer program.
    • Jazz Band: OrchKids Jazz Band will turn your event into the coolest gathering around with tunes like "Blue Train" and "Calypso." 
    • Orchestra:  Our full orchestra performs a range of repertoire, from classical staples such as Dvorak’s New World Symphony to pop hits such as Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.”
    • Performance Bucket Band:  This group is sure to have your audience on its feet and dancing with rhythms and grooves of their own creation.
    • Performance Choir:  Harnessing the power of each child’s voice, the choir presents moving performances of a wide range of repertoire, from Handel to Pharell’s Happy.
    • Chamber Music Groups:  Choose a string quartet, woodwind trio, brass ensemble or harp ensemble to class up your party or conference with the likes of Mozart, Bach or even the popular hit, “La Cucaracha.”
    • Speaking Engagements by OrchKids Administration:  Passionate advocates of social change through music education, OrchKids administrative staff have presented at a multitude of events throughout the US and internationally.  Organizations and conferences at which the administration has lectured include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yale University, Mozarteum, American Visionary Arts Museum, Urban Music Education Conference, the South Banke Center, and TEDx Baltimore.As skillful presenters, OrchKids staff can tailor their lectures and topics in order to best connect with a variety of audiences.  Please contact our staff here in order to discuss possibilities for future engagements. 

    To Book An Event:
    For more information on booking an event, please contact Lisa Philip, OrchKids Artistic Coordinator.Please include in your email your:

    • Name, email, and phone number
    • Sponsoring Organization
    • Event information (date, time, location, event schedule)
    • OrchKids artistic offering in which you are interested booking (group type, speaking engagement, etc.)








  • Events
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    Upcoming Events

    2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference September 9th , 5:00-5:30pm|U.S.Chamber of Commerce
    OrchKids will be performing at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference.


    2014 BSO Celebration Gala September 20th, 2014 8:30pm|Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
    In celebration of the 200th birthday of our national anthem, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra invites you to a special Gala concert showcasing quintessential American music, artists and Maryland's musical roots. OrchKids will be doing a special appearance.  
    Tickets can be purchase here



  • Get Involved
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    Get Involved

    Help us continue planting seeds for a brighter future! Get involved TODAY!

    Interested in volunteering for OrchKids? Please contact:
    Rafaela Dreisin | rdreisin@BSOmusic.org

    Instrument Donations
    For all instrument donations please contact:
    Nick Skinner | nskinner@BSOmusic.org

     Visit OrchKids
     If you would like to visit the OrchKids program, please contact:
     Nick Skinner | nskinner@bsomusic.org

    Employment/Internship Opportunities
    Click here to learn about our current employment opportunities.

    General Questions  
    For general questions about OrchKids, please contact