2016 Academy Fees & Schedules

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BSO Academy Week: Saturday, June 18 – Saturday, June 25, 2016

“Although I do not make my living as a professional musician, I do consider myself a musician. I enjoy playing while alone, or in a small group, and certainly with a larger orchestra or ensemble. For me, playing is my passion - it's what I do to reflect, recharge, and renew. I have had issues that have shaped my life and many professional decisions; however, playing has remained the constant source of strength and energy for me; and as such, as helped me regain a healthier mind, body, and spirit. The BSO Academy is my ‘therapy’ that keeps me focused, passionate, and ever-evolving.... truly transformative.” – 2015 Academy Participant (Anonymous)

2016 Academy Week Tentative Schedule
Please note that all classes, content, locations, and faculty are subject to change. Schedule link opens a PDF in a new window. 

Full Week Complete Schedule (Includes All Tracks & Add-On Activities) (Large Print Version)

BSO Academy Tuition & Fees

Application Fee: $50
Orchestral Track: $1,900
Full Chamber Track: $1,750
Chamber Track Express: $1,300
Chamber Music Alone: $700
Chamber Orchestra Alone: $700
Music Educator Track: $1,900
Music Educator Track for participants seeking UMBC credit: $1,900*
Music Educator Track for UMBC Students: $1,000
Music Educator Track for Undergraduates: $1,200
Arts Administrator Track: $950

*UMBC tuition for Music Educators is a separate cost from the BSO Academy tuition. Participants enrolled for graduate credit through UMBC are billed directly by the university. After earning UMBC credit, participants will receive a $300 tuition rebate. CLICK HERE to learn more about UMBC credit!

Solo with Piano: Participants rehearse and perform a solo piece with pianist and BSO violist Mary Woehr. Limited space available.  

  • $50, 10 minute rehearsal with piano (5 minute piece maximum)  
  • $100, 20 minute rehearsal with piano (10 minute piece maximum)

Private Lessons*: 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 on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.

  • $130, 1 hour lesson (Purchased before April 1, 2016)
  • $170, 1 hour lesson (Purchased between April 2, 2016 – June 1, 2016)
  • $200, 1 hour lesson (Purchased after June 2, 2016)  

*Scheduling private lessons after April 1 is nearly impossible and causes major distruptions to the program schedule. Sign up early and get a great rate!

Chamber Music: Participants rehearse and perform in side-by-side chamber groups with Baltimore Symphony members.  Chamber groups are quartets or larger. 

  • $650, 1 chamber music group; Four 1.5 hour rehearsals and one concert

Academy Chamber Orchestra (ACO):  Participants play chamber orchestra works in a smaller ensemble conducted by BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney with string sections led by BSO members and wind sections coached by BSO musicians.

  • $650; Four 1.5 hour rehearsals, one 1.5 hour sectional, and one concert

Additional Orchestra (Play in Group 1 & Group 2 Orchestras): As space allows, participants may request to play in both Academy full orchestras. Please note that this option is only available as space allows and would require participants to miss other Academy activities.

  • $750, Four extra full orchestra rehearsals, one extra sectional session, one extra participants-only rehearsal, and one extra full orchestra performance

Scholarships & Tuition Discounts

Scholarships: A limited number of full and partial scholarships are awarded to qualifying participants on the Orchestral or Music Educator Tracks. Click the link below for more details. All scholarship applicants must pay the $50 application fee when applying to the Academy for scholarship and admission consideration.

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NEW in 2016! Tuition Discounts

Bring-A-Friend: Bring a new friend to participate in the Academy Week!*

1 new friend: $100 off tuition and one entry in the Academy Raffle
2 new friends: $250 off tuition and two entries in the Academy Raffle
3 new friends: $350 off tuition and three entries in the Academy Raffle
4 new friends: $500 off tuition and four entries in the Academy Raffle
5 new friends: FREE ACADEMY TUITION (up to $1,900 value)

*”New” friend must be new to the BSO Academy Week and pay full tuition on full track of the Academy (includes Orchestral Track, Full Chamber Track ($1,750 level), Music Educator Track ($1,900 level), and Arts Administrator Track). Free tuition includes base tuition only and does not include optional add-on activities. Tuition discounts only apply to the participant inviting the new participant(s).  

NEW in 2016: Academy Raffle For each new participant that you bring to the Academy, we will enter your name into a raffle drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive a full tuition rebate* for the 2016 Academy! *Tuition rebate include base tuition only and does not include optional Academy add-on activities. 

Tuition Payment Schedule

November 3, 2015 Registration Opens for all tracks and Academy activities
December 4, 2015 Application deadline for best consideration (Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 20, 2016)
December 18, 2015 Participants notified of application decision (or 1-2 weeks after the application is received for applications submitted after December 4)
January 8, 2016 Deposit Due (or one week after acceptance for applications submitted after December 4)
January 22, 2016 Tuition Balance Due (or three weeks after acceptance for applications submitted after December 4)


Official BSO Academy Hotel Accommodations:

Home2Suites by Hilton, June 17-26, 2016 $99/night; Includes free breakfast, free wifi, in-suite kitchens, laundry and gym facilities, and other great amenities. Discounted valet parking is available for the Academy group at $16/night. Academy transportation is provided to and from this location at regular intervals throughout the week. Limited rooms available.

Lord Baltimore Hotel, June 17-26, 2016 $119/night; Includes on-site restaurant, free wifi, laundry and gym facilities, and other great amenities. Academy transportation is provided to and from this location at regular intervals throughout the week. Limited rooms available.

Refund Policy: All fees (i.e. application fee, deposit, tuition, parking, private lessons, etc.) are NON-REFUNDABLE. We highly encourage participants to insure Academy fees and payments immediately following tuition payment. According to the Travel Guard regulations, trip insurance is only available to participants whose primary residence is at least 100 miles from Baltimore. NEW in 2016: Sign up for Travel Guard trip insurance with your Academy tuition payment and receive a $50 rebate on tuition!


 The BSO Academy is supported in part by funding from

Mellon Foundation

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