• About
    BSYO Concert 1

    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 235 of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s most talented musicians. The BSYO serves as ensemble-in-residence at the state-of-the-art George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland.

    In addition to weekly rehearsals, BSYO students have opportunities to collaborate with and be mentored by BSO musicians and Maestra Marin Alsop, including:

    • Side-by-Side rehearsals with the BSO
    • Coaching from BSO musicians
    • Master classes with world-renowned guest artists
    • Access to exclusive BSYO events at the Meyerhoff
    • Intensive chamber music classes and performance opportunities


  • Faculty
    BSYO Concert 6

    Nicholas Hersh, Artistic Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor
    Mary Poling, Concert Orchestra Conductor
    Nana Vaughn, String Orchestra Conductor
    Nicholas Cohen, Director of Education and Community Engagement
    Alicia Kosack, BSYO Operations Manager
    Gina Kotowski, Librarian
    Jim Kotowski, Operations Assistant

  • Concerts
    BSYO Concert 2

    2016-2017 Concert Dates Coming Soon!

  • Auditions
    BSYO Concert

    Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the BSYO!

    At this time, all spots are filled for our 2016-2017 auditions.

    If you would like to be contacted should a spot become available, or if you would like to be contacted about future auditions, please complete the audition application.

    If you have any further questions please contact BSYO Operations Manager Alicia Kosack at AKosack@BSOmusic.org.

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    Please click here for the exciting announcement of our new BSYO Artistic Director and BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh.

  • BSYO Members Only

    Buy the exclusive BSYO Access Pass!

    For $25 your BSYO student can have unlimited access to select BSO concerts throughout the season. The BSYO Access Pass can be presented at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall ticket window for one concert ticket. Parents can attend as well by taking advantage of the 20% discount offered to BSYO families or by purchasing Rush Tickets. Available concerts will be listed on this page and updated as the season progresses.

    Passes may be purchased at weekly BSYO rehearsals.

    Please note that this offer is only valid for select concerts listed on this page. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.

    Angela Hewitt Dvořák Symphony No. 8
    Friday, October 21, 8 pm

    Hannu Lintu, conductor
    Angela Hewitt, piano

    Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus (BSO Premiere)
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Listen Now
    Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 Listen Now

    Hannu Lintu is joined by a close collaborator, 2006 Gramophone “Artist of the Year” Angela Hewitt, to perform Beethoven’s joyful Piano Concerto No. 1. In a natural mode, the program opens with Finnish composer Rautavaara’s evocative blending of taped birdsong recorded at the Arctic Circle with symphony orchestra. Listen for the songs of birds and feel the sunlight warming the fields in Dvořák’s pastoral Eighth Symphony, which conjures country walks in his native land.

    Nightmare Before ChristmasMovie and Music:
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Saturday, October 29, 8 pm

    Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

    ElfmanThe Nightmare Before Christmas

    What's this, what's this?! — the wildly inventive world ofTim Burton's macabre classic. Danny Elfman's rambunctious, colorful score will roar into life in the hands of the BSO as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King's quest to seize Christmas.

    Nicole CabellMusic from The Nutcracker

    Thursday, November 3, 8 pm

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor
    Nicole Cabell, soprano

    John Adams: The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
    Ravel: Shéhérazade Listen Now
    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Overture Miniature Listen Now
    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II Listen Now

    Newly appointed BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh embraces love and longing in this program. He opens with John Adams’ witty musical depiction of Chairman Mao and his future wife joining in a humorous, slightly amorous foxtrot. The sights and sounds of dream-like Arabian Nights are conjured in Ravel’s ravishingly beautiful song cycle. And what better way to be transported to the Land of Sweets than through the glorious, joyous music of Tchaikovsky’s second act from The Nutcracker?

    Please note: There is no dance accompanying this program.

    Nicholas HershOff the Cuff:
    Music from The Nutcracker

    Saturday, November 5, 7 pm

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor

    Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker Listen Now

    Maestro Hersh demonstrates how the lively music of The Nutcracker delivers such powerful imagery that it can stand alone as concert music without the ballet in a fun-loving Off The Cuff.

    Marin AlsopMahler Symphony No. 6

    Friday, November 11, 8 pm
    Saturday, November 12, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Mahler: Symphony No. 6 Listen Now

    An acknowledged Mahler authority, Maestra Alsop is passionate about this composer — a man who grappled mightily with his own nature and that of all mankind, illuminating the human condition with every note he wrote. The Sixth Symphony is a massive undertaking— for the composer, for the conductor, for the orchestra and for the audience. Big, dramatic and life-affirming, it packs into one masterpiece Mahler’s lifelong efforts to succeed against the inevitable blows of fate. Not heard at the BSO since 1992, this is a rare opportunity to experience this extraordinary work.

    Elizabeth DeShongThe Ninth Symphony

    Friday, November 18, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Katie Van Kooten, soprano
    Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
    Joshua Guerrero, tenor
    Reginald Smith, Jr., bass
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director
    St. Lawrence String Quartet

    TJ Cole: Double Play (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
    John Adams: Absolute Jest (BSO Premiere)
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" Listen Now

    The 2016 Centennial year reaches its finale with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. No other work creates such breathless excitement, whether you're hearing it for the first time or returning to it as a familiar favorite. Remarkably, Beethoven was completely deaf when he conducted its 1824 premiere performance. He had to be turned around to face the audience after the final notes had died away to recognize the waving handkerchiefs and hats in hands, a tribute to a man who could not hear the applause.

    Doc SeverinsenSuperPops:
    Doc Severinsen and Friends: The Art of the Big Band

    Friday, November 25, 8 pm
    Saturday, November 26, 8 pm

    Doc Severinsen, host and trumpet 

    Heeeeeere’s Doc and his big, bad band! Known worldwide for his thirty years at the helm of The Tonight Show Band, the gutsy trumpeter and his equally stupendous lineup bring you an evening of hard-swingin’ favorites from the Basie and Ellington repertoire as well as pop and jazz standards. You’ll hit a high note — and Doc will hit tons — in this unstoppable show. 

    Please note: The BSO will not be performing in this concert.