2017 Academy Orchestral Program

2017 BSO ACADEMY WEEK June 24 - July 1, 2017

We are no longer accepting Orchestral Program applications for FLUTE, OBOE, and CLARINET.

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM

Developed by Music Director Marin Alsop and BSO English Horn Jane Marvine in 2010, the BSO Academy Orchestral Program (formerly the Orchestral Track) is the world’s leading intensive orchestral experience for adult, non-professional musicians. This program allows musicians of all ability levels to leave their day jobs and everyday lives behind to sit side-by-side with the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to play extraordinary repertoire on stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

2017 REPERTOIRE*

Nicholas Hersh, BSO Associate Conductor & Academy Conductor 

GROUP ONE
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 

GROUP TWO
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.

GROUP 1 & GROUP 2 ORCHESTRAS
All Orchestral Program participants are assigned to play in either the Group 1 or Group 2 orchestras to create a balanced participant to BSO musician ratio so each participant can receive as much individual attention as possible.

In 2017, the Orchestral Program features two distinct experiences, the Orchestral Program Full Session and Orchestral Program Half Session. Having trouble deciding? Check out our Program Comparison to see the different options side-by-side.

The ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM FULL SESSION includes:

  • Four orchestra rehearsals side-by-side with the BSO culminating in a public performance at the Joseph Meyerhoff  Symphony Hall
  • Sectionals led by BSO musicians to prepare participants for the on-stage experience
  • Musical insights on the week’s repertoire from Academy Conductor Nicholas Hersh
  • A collaborative class about the orchestral experience called Seeing, Listening, and Feeling led by the Academy Conductor and founding musician Jane Marvine
  • Instrument masterclasses led by BSO musicians to focus on solo repertoire, performance techniques, instrument-specific topics, and more
  • Enriching lectures from leading specialists about issues facing professional and non-professional musicians alike (previous topics have included performance anxiety and injury prevention)
  • Participation in the Academy String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Double Reed Ensemble, or Percussion Ensemble as additional performance opportunities included in tuition
  • The opportunity to customize the Academy Week experience through additional elective experiences
  • Availability of a partial to full tuition refund in the event of an emergency (see REFUND POLICY below)

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM FULL SESSION TUITION: $1,800
This rate also includes several meals throughout the week, transportation to and from Academy activities from central locations on the Academy campus, digital recordings of all Academy performances, and professional photography documenting the week.  

Apply
We are no longer accepting Orchestral Program applications for FLUTE, OBOE, and CLARINET. All applications received after January 20th will be reviewed and accepted as space allows.

Visit the General Information page to learn about scholarship and financial assistance options.


OPTIONAL ELECTIVES FOR ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM FULL SESSION PARTICIPANTS:

  • Chamber Music: $650; Participants rehearse and perform in side-by-side chamber groups led by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians in ensembles quartet-size or larger.  This experience includes one chamber music group, four 1.5 hour rehearsals, and one public performance.
  • Academy Chamber Orchestra (ACO): $650; Participants play chamber orchestra works conducted by BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney with string sections led by BSO members and wind sections coached by BSO musicians. This experience includes four 1.5 hour rehearsals, one 1.5 hour sectional, and one concert
  • Additional Orchestra: $750; This experience allows participants to play in both Orchestral Program Group 1 and Group 2 Orchestras. Please note that this option is only available as space allows and would require participants to miss other Academy activities.

 NEW in 2017: ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM HALF SESSION

To support the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to accessibility in classical music and to increase participation from adult musicians for whom participation in the BSO Academy is not possible due to the cost of tuition, the Orchestral Program Half Session provides participants with the core orchestral experience of the BSO Academy at a lower tuition level. 

For the on-stage orchestral experience, Full Session participants are given priority for group placement (Group 1 or Group 2) and part assignments (for example, Flute 1 or Flute 2) if there are multiple requests for a specific group or part. Please note that all applications will receive equal consideration for acceptance and we hope to find a place for every program applicant.

The ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM HALF SESSION includes:

  • Four orchestra rehearsals side-by-side with the BSO culminating in a public performance at the Joseph Meyerhoff  Symphony Hall
  • Sectionals led by BSO musicians to prepare participants for the on-stage experience
  • A collaborative class about the orchestral experience called Seeing, Listening, and Feeling led by the Academy Conductor and founding musician Jane Marvine

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE (click link to open PDF)

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

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM HALF SESSION TUITION: $1,250
The half session does not include any additional activities other than orchestral sectionals, on-stage rehearsals, Seeing Listening Feeling, and the final performance. Due to the program objective of this offering, participants cannot add electives (chamber music, chamber orchestra, additional orchestra) to the half session. However, program add-ons (private lessons, solo with piano, parking) are available to all Academy participants.  

Apply
We are no longer accepting Orchestral Program applications for FLUTE, OBOE, and CLARINET. All applications received after January 20th will be reviewed and accepted as space allows.

Visit the General Information page to learn about scholarship and financial assistance options.


PROGRAM ADD-ONS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

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.

  • $130 for lessons paid for on or before June 1, 2017
  • $200 for lessons paid for June 2, 2017 or later

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

  • $50 for 10 minutes of rehearsal and a performance (5 minute repertoire maximum)
  • $100 for 20 minutes of rehearsal (10 minute repertoire maximum)
  • Participants may also request a 1 hour private lesson with Mary Woehr at the applicable private lesson rate.

Parking: To be announced!


REFUND POLICY
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 Full Chamber Program 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.

 

 The BSO Academy is supported in part by funding from:

Mellon Foundation

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