• About
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    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 205 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


  • Welcome
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    Welcome to the BSYO!

    I am very excited about our new season and continuing the BSYO’s journey as part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand its reach artistically, musically and educationally.

    During our inaugural season last year, in addition to performing concerts in two amazing venues, the orchestras worked under BSO Music Director Marin Alsop, coached with musicians of the BSO, and collaborated with the artists from the Heifetz Institute. This past June, we had record numbers of auditions and membership in our orchestras has grown significantly both in numbers and talent. The BSYO will now have a total student body of 205 which represents counties in both the state of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

    In this second season, the BSYO will continue to be a cornerstone of BSO's education programs and provide wonderful concerts both at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. In addition to these outstanding performances, students will again have the opportunity to collaborate with world-class artists, perform chamber music concerts at the Meyerhoff, and be given the opportunity to attend exclusive BSO events.

    Please join me in celebrating our BSYO students, and I hope you enjoy this season of exciting music making!


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    Ken Lam
    BSYO Artistic Director

  • Faculty
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    Ken Lam, Artistic Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor
    Mary Poling, Concert Orchestra Conductor
    Nana Vaughn, String Orchestra Conductor
    Carol Bogash, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement
    Nicholas Cohen, BSYO Director of Administration, BSO Director of Community Engagement
    Alicia Kosack, BSYO Operations Manager
    Gina Kotowski, Librarian
    Jim Kotowski, Operations Assistant

  • Concerts
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    Don't miss out on these exciting BSYO concerts!

    Sunday, December 14 | 3:00 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, March 8 | 3:00 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, May 24 | 7:00 pm | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

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  • Auditions
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    Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the BSYO!

    Auditions for the 2014-2015 season have passed. However, 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.


  • 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.

    Please note that this offer is only valid for select concerts listed on this page, September 2014 to June 2015. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.


    Available Concerts:
    Jack Everly

    Jack Everly

    Broadway Standing Ovations
    Fri, October 10, 8:00 PM

    Jack Everly, conductor

    Jack Everly brings you a Wicked good evening of Broadway showstoppers when Ben Crawford, Christina Bianco and Broadway's "Phantom," Ted Keegan, join the BSO SuperPops to perform selections from The Phantom of the Opera, Once, Les Miserables, Wicked and more!

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    Arild Remmereit

    Arild Remmereit

    Tchaikovsky " Mozart
    Sat, October 18, 8:00 PM
    Sun, October 19, 3:00 PM

    Arild Remmereit, conductor
    Emily Skala, flute

    Andrée: Concert Overture in D major
    Mozart: Flute Concerto in G Major
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, "Polish"

    It is in the 'Polish' that Tchaikovsky first achieved his signature sound so beloved in the final three symphonies. Arild Remmereit makes a fascinating discovery in the music of Elfrida Andrée, a Swedish contemporary of Tchaikovsky. Mozart dazzles in the hands of BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala.

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    Marin Alsop

    Marin Alsop

    Ein Heldenleben: A Hero's Life
    Thu, October 23, 8:00 PM

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Christopher Rouse: Rapture
    Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy
    R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

    In his grandiose, tongue-in-cheek, autobiographical tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, Richard Strauss expresses his devotion to his wife Pauline in lush melodies and orchestral writing, while waging war with his nemeses, the music critics! Both Rouse's Rapture and Scriabin's most famous and transcendent Poem of Ecstasy are bathed in spiritual intensity. Indulge yourself!

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    Marin Alsop

    Marin Alsop

    Off the Cuff: Ein Heldenleben
    Sat, October 25, 7:00 PM

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    R.Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

    If musicians have a favorite orchestra showpiece, this just might be it. Richard Strauss' tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) is a masterpiece for the ages. Who is the hero portrayed in this stunning work? What journey must he overcome? It might take some serious brass to create the sounds of battle, bravery and heroism, but Strauss' score exploits the full instrumental range of the BSO in one epic punch.

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    Hannu Lintu

    Hannu Lintu

    Brahms' Symphony No. 2
    Fri, October 31, 8:00 PM
    Sat, November 1, 8:00 PM

    Hannu Lintu, conductor
    Conrad Tao, piano
    Andrew Balio, trumpet

    Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
    Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2

    The youthful sardonic humor of Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto contrasts with the sunniest of Brahms' four symphonies, written in one idyllic summer vacation. The impressive Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu returns to lead this program.

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