2017 BSO Academy General Information 

BSO ACADEMY WEEK June 24 - July 1, 2017


The $50 application fee is non-refundable and required for all participants, including participants who are requesting scholarship support or financial assistance. Click here to pay the application fee if you are not redirected to a payment page after completing an application.

Full Session Tuition: $1,800
Half Session Tuition: $1,250

Having trouble deciding? Check out our Program Comparison to see the different options side-by-side.

Nicholas Hersh, BSO Associate Conductor & Academy Conductor 

VERDI, Triumphal March and Ballet Finale from Aida
MAHLER, Symphony No. 1 in D Major, II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell, Recht gemächlich
R. STRAUSS, Death and Transfiguration (Tod un Verklarung), Op. 24

VERDI, La forza del destino, Overture
MAHLER, Symphony No. 2, III. In ruhig fließender Bewegung
R. STRAUSS, Don Juan, Op. 20 

*Repertoire is subject to change.   

Full Chamber Program Tuition: $1,750
Chamber Express Tuition: $1,300
Chamber Music Only: $700
Chamber Orchestra Only: $700

Having trouble deciding? Check out our Program Comparison to see the different options side-by-side.

Jonathan Carney, conductor

MOZART, Le nozze di Figaro Overture

SCHUBERT, Symphony No. 3 in D, D.200

BEETHOVEN, Symphony No. 7, Op. 92

*Repertoire is subject to change.


Private Lessons (1 hour)*: Participants take up to four private lessons with BSO members of their choosing to work on solo, chamber, or orchestral repertoire.

*Private lessons are scheduled individually at times and locations that are mutually convenient for the Academy participant & BSO faculty member that do not conflict with meals or other Academy activities. Participants may request a preferred time and/or location while registering for private lessons after acceptance.

Solo With Piano Rehearsal* & Performance: Participants rehearse and perform a solo piece with pianist and BSO violist Mary Woehr.

*Solo With Piano rehearsals are scheduled in blocks at times that do not conflict with meals or the participant's other Academy activities.

Parking: Purchasing a parking pass is a convenient option for commuters or participants who would like to avoid street parking or high daily parking rates at hotels. The BSO Garage (1311 Cathedral Street) is half a block away from JMSH and the JMSH Academy Shuttle stop.

As of September 1, 2016 the BSO Academy Music Educator and Arts Administrator Programs have been discontinued.


University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Performing Arts & Humanities Building
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
UMBC is the primary campus location for all Academy Week activities from Saturday, June 24 through Tuesday, June 27. UMBC is located approximately 20 minutes from JMSH. Transportation is provided to and from UMBC June 24 – 27. JMSH is the primary Academy Campus location from Wednesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 1. All Orchestral Program rehearsals with the BSO are held at the Symphony Hall. Transportation is provided to and from JMSH for the entire Academy Week (June 24 – July 1).


SCHOLARSHIPS*: For best consideration for an Academy scholarship, applicants must have demonstrated financial need, determined by employment status, education level, and/or filing at or below $35,000 per household based on the prior year's tax return. Applicants must verify income by submitting a tax return. Candidates that belong to historically underrepresented communities in classical music and/or are committed to the work of increasing diversity and inclusion in the arts are also encouraged to apply. Scholarships provided with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE*: A limited amount of support is also available for participants with demonstrated financial need due to extreme circumstances or other financial hardship not described by the criteria which would receive best consideration for an Academy scholarship, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2017 Academy Scholarship & Financial Assistance Form  

BSO Academy Week tuition and fees are non-refundable except in the case of a medical emergency or other extreme circumstance as determined by the BSO Director of Engagement & Education Programs. Approved refunds are only available to Orchestral Program Full Session and Chamber Program Full Session participants. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable. After June 1, the $500 tuition deposit cannot be refunded for any reason. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure.


What is the age requirement for the Academy Week? All participants must be 18 years old by the first day of the Academy Week. The average age for Academy Week participants is about 55, but in 2016 participants ranged from 18 to 85 years of age.

Where do participants come from? Approximately 70% of Academy Week participants are from the Mid-Atlantic region of the US (Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, etc.) but many participants come from much further! The 2016 Academy Week participants represented 18 states and four countries (USA, Canada, Switzerland, and Russia).

Is there a requirement for playing ability? The BSO Academy will not reject applicants due to playing ability; however the program is most enjoyable for participants who are able to comfortably play or follow along with the level of the selected repertoire and contribute to conversations about the techniques used to play the repertoire.

Where can I practice by myself during the Academy Week? Private practice rooms are most available 6/24 - 6/27 while activities are scheduled at UMBC. All practice spaces at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 6/28 - 7/1 are shared and communal.

2017 BSO Academy Hotel Accommodations:

HOTEL INDIGO BALTIMORE: Official Hotel of the 2017 BSO Academy Week

A blend of downtown cool and uptown sophistication, the Hotel Indigo Baltimore sets a new standard for artsy, eclectic style in Baltimore’s cobblestoned Mount Vernon neighborhood. Limited rooms available Friday, June 23 – Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hotel Amenities:

  • Poet's Modern Cocktails & Eats
  • Complimentary Wine Wednesday reception in the Library
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Parking garage/self parking

Special Amenities for Academy Week Guests:

  • $99/night group rate
  • 10% off in-restaurant dining purchases at Poet's Modern Cocktails & Eats (excluding alcohol and in-room dining)

Please contact Hotel Indigo Baltimore directly for more information: 410-625-6200 (Ask for "Reservations," Group Code: BSO).

 The BSO Academy is supported in part by funding from

Mellon Foundation

Questions? Contact us at: 
academy@bsomusic.org │(410) 783-8051