2018 BSO Academy General Information 

BSO ACADEMY WEEK June 23 – June 30, 2018

Orchestral Program: June 24 – June 30

Chamber Music Program: June 23 – June 27


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.

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM (Sunday, June 24- Saturday, June 30)

Nicholas Hersh, BSO Associate Conductor & Academy Conductor 

RACHMANINOFF, Isle of the Dead, op. 29
TCHAIKOVSKY, Suite from Sleeping Beauty

TCHAIKOVSKY, Waltz from Swan Lake
RACHMANINOFF, Symphonic Dances, op. 45  

*Repertoire is subject to change.   

CHAMBER PROGRAM (Saturday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 27)
Chamber Music Add-on: $650
Chamber Music Only: $700


Private Lessons (1 hour)*: Participants take private lessons with BSO faculty members of their choosing to work on solo, chamber, orchestral repertoire, tone, technique or other musical agendas, for an additional fee of $130/hr. After 6/1, lessons will cost $150/hr. Please see the BSO faculty listing for teacher selection. Faculty list coming soon.

*Private lessons are scheduled individually at times that are mutually convenient for the Academy participant & BSO faculty member that do not conflict with provided meals or other Academy activities, and when space is available. Participants may request a preferred time while registering for private lessons after acceptance. However, most private lessons will need to be scheduled on June 23 and 24 due to space availability.

Solo With Piano Rehearsal* & Performance: Recital for Solos and Chamber Music with Piano -(Saturday, June 23 – Monday, June 25): 

Participants rehearse* and perform a solo piece with pianist and BSO violist Mary Woehr. Up to 2 pre-formed groups with a maximum of 4 instrumentalists will be considered for a maximum performance length of 15 min per group. Each group member must sign up for a 10 min /$50 time slot. (for example, a group with 4 instrumentalists would get 40 min of rehearsal and up to 15 min of performance time). Soloists should sign up for 10 min. rehearsal + 5 min performance for $50 or 20 min. rehearsal + up to 10 min performance for $100. 

Additional rehearsal time may be available as a private lesson with Mary Woehr, depending on her schedule. If interested in this option please sign up for a private lesson and select Mary Woehr. Private lessons will be limited to one per person/group.

Participants are encouraged to suggest at least two or three repertoire choices in order of their preference. All repertoire is subject to approval by Mary Woehr.

*Solos and Chamber Music with Piano rehearsals are scheduled in blocks at times that do not conflict with provided 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 passes cost $45 for an 8-day pass & $30 for a 5-day pass. Transportation is provided between JMSH and Hotel Indigo for the entire Academy Week (June 23 – June 30).


February 1, 2018- Email notification of acceptance

February 15, 2018- Deposit due

  • $500 deposit- Orchestral Program
  • $50 deposit- Chamber Music Program
  • $550 deposit- Orchestral Program plus Chamber Music Program add-on

March 1, 2018- Email notification of Chamber Music Group assignments 

March 15, 2018- Balance Due (Orchestral parts available around March 1, and sent upon full payment)


Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
1212 Cathedral Street 
Baltimore, MD 21093

As of 2018, all Academy activities will take place at JMSH and in the surrounding area for the entirety of the Academy Week (Saturday, June 23 through Saturday, June 30). All Orchestral Program rehearsals with the BSO are held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.


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. Financial assistance may also be available to fill program instrumental needs.

2018 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 participants. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable. 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 51, but in 2017 participants ranged from 18 to 78 years of age. Special consideration for participants under age 18 might be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 2017 Academy Week participants represented 22 states stretching from Maine to Hawaii!             Past years have included participants from Canada, France, Austria, and Russia.

Is there a requirement for playing ability? The BSO Academy does not require an audition to be accepted. However, a basic knowledge of reading music is required and 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. Many participants are not able to play every single note in a difficult passage. You don’t have to! The entire BSO is sitting with you and will cover the parts that are beyond your ability. The BSO faculty will guide you with suggestions on how to simplify or otherwise make it though a tough passage. We welcome a short recording of your playing if you are not sure if this program is right for you and would like our advice.

Where can I practice by myself during the Academy Week?  Practice spaces at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall are shared and communal. A limited number of private practice spaces may be available on a first come, first served basis.

2018 BSO Academy Hotel Accommodations:

HOTEL INDIGO BALTIMORE: Official Hotel of the 2018 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 22 – Saturday June 30, 2018. Transportation is provided between JMSH and Hotel Indigo for the entire Academy Week (June 23 – June 30).

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:

  • $119/night early bird discount before 3/26/18. Full rates apply thereafter.
  • 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