• 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

    MORE

  • 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

    Sunday, December 11: Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 2:30 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 5:30 pm

    Buy one performance, get one free! Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

    Buy Tickets button

    Sunday, March 12: Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 2:30 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 5:30 pm

    Buy one performance, get one free! Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

    Buy Tickets button

     

    Sunday, May 14: Meyerhoff
    String, Concert and Youth Orchestra: 3 pm

    Buy Tickets button

  • 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.


    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.


    Edward PolochickHoliday:
    Handel's Messiah

    Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm

    Edward Polochick, conductor and harpsichord
    Jennifer O’Loughlin, soprano
    Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano
    Nicholas Phan, tenor
    Luca Pisaroni, bass baritone
    Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

    Handel: Messiah Listen Now

    From the sheer joy and magnitude of the “Hallelujah” chorus to the delicate beauty of the arias, it’s no wonder this beloved work has crowned holiday celebrations for centuries. The BSO’s annual complete performance of the Messiah, led from the harpsichord by the dynamic Edward Polochick, is a musical tradition you’ll want to make your own.


    Step Afrika!Holiday:
    Swingin' Nutcracker a la Ellington featuring Step Afrika!

    Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm
    Saturday, December 10, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor
    Step Afrika!, dancers

    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, composed and arranged by Ellington/Murtha

    STEP into the holiday season with this fully realized jazz version of the timeless Nutcracker. Riffing off of Ellington’s dazzling reimagining of a portion of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created an entire “Swingin Nutcracker” with both an Act 1 and Act 2.

    This semi-staged production features the vibrant and percussive dancing of Washington based company, Step Afrika! Join the BSO for this very special world premiere.


    It's a Wonderful LifeMovie & Music:
    It's a Wonderful Life

    Thursday, December 15, 7 pm
    Friday, December 16, 7 pm

    Justin Freer, conductor
    Handel Choir of Baltimore

    George Bailey’s extraordinary Christmas Eve journey with an Angel Second Class is a story we turn to year after year. As the BSO performs the score live to accompany the film, you’ll experience the warmth of this cinematic classic as never before.


    Storm LargeHoliday:
    Holiday Pops with Storm Large

    Saturday, December 17, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
    Sunday, December 18, 2 pm

    Timothy Myers, conductor
    Storm Large, vocalist
    Baltimore City College Choir
    Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers

    Vocal sensation Storm Large of Pink Martini joins the BSO for a sparkling holiday celebration! Bring the whole family to get in the spirit of the season with this special program of carols, classics and lots of surprises. Plus — back by popular demand, the Tap-Dancing Santas are comin' to town!


    Star TrekMovie & Music:
    Star Trek

    Thursday, December 29, 8 pm

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor

    Director J.J. Abram’s thrilling reboot is touching down at the Meyerhoff! The BSO performs Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live for two nights of warp-speed blockbusters. On Thursday, join Kirk and Spock in an alternate-reality battle to stop Romulan Nero from destroying the Federation. Come back Friday for the action-packed second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness, in which a devastated Starfleet contends with a threat to Earth from within its own ranks.

    ©2009 Paramount Pictures. ™ CBS Studios Inc.


    Star Trek Into DarknessMovie & Music:
    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Friday, December 30, 8 pm

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor

    Director J.J. Abram’s thrilling reboot is touching down at the Meyerhoff! The BSO performs Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live for two nights of warp-speed blockbusters. Join us for the action-packed second installment in which a devastated Starfleet contends with a threat to Earth from within its own ranks.

    ©2009 Paramount Pictures. ™ CBS Studios Inc.