• 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.

    CLIck here for more information

    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.

    Marin Alsop Carmina Burana
    Friday, September 30, 8 pm
    Saturday, October 1, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Anna Christy, soprano
    Matthew Plenk, tenor
    Elliot Madore, baritone
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director
    Peabody Children’s Chorus, Doreen Falby, director

    Lori Laitman: UNSUNG (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
    Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements Listen Now
    Orff: Carmina BuranaListen Now

    Soaring and gorgeous, earthy and bawdy, the epic Carmina Burana celebrates the ephemeral nature of life, the joys of spring, drinking, gambling, gluttony and lust — and also their cost. Filled with driving rhythmic changes and harmonies, its inventive, percussive score beckons to our primitive nature. It’s paired with Stravinsky’s first major work written in the US, inspired by his response to World War II. Stormy and edgy, it captures just how in touch Stravinsky was with the mood of a world emerging from the trauma of war.

    Jack Everly Broadway's Leading Men
    Friday, October 7, 8 pm
    Saturday, October 8, 8 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor
    Ron Remke, vocalist
    Ted Keegan, vocalist
    Ben Crawford, vocalist
    Kathy Voytko, vocalist

    Four of Broadway’s brightest stars take the stage with Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops for an evening of sizzlin’ showstoppers. All your favorites from “The Great White Way” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

    Vasily Petrenko Shostakovich Symphony No. 10
    Friday, October 14, 8 pm

    Vasily Petrenko, conductor
    Inon Barnatan, piano

    Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan Listen Now
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Listen Now
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 Listen Now

    Two revolutionary composers, both as musicians and as humanists, are explored by Vasily Petrenko, who made a strong impression on his last BSO visit. Written after the death of Stalin, Shostakovich’s pulsing and militaristic 10th Symphony is often called an “optimistic tragedy.” Beethoven complements the work with his tumultuous, war-like Coriolan Overture and the Third Piano Concerto, performed by emerging Israeli-born New Yorker Inon Barnatan, hailed as “superb” by The New York Times, and here making his BSO debut.

    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.