• About
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    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 210 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, General Manager, BSYO and OrchKids
    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, November 22 | 1 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, December 13 | 3 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, March 13 | 2 & 5 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, May 1 | 3 pm | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

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

    At this time, all spots are filled for our June 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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  • 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, September 2015 to June 2016. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.

    Available Concerts:
    Olga Kern

    Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody

    Fri, Sep 18, 8 pm
    Sat, Sep 19, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Olga Kern, piano

    Anna Clyne: Masquerade (BSO Premiere)
    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

    Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff once declared, "I try to make my music speak simply and directly that which is in my heart.” The new season begins with the romanticRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Cliburn Competition winner Olga Kern. Plus, Marin Alsop conducts an orchestral blockbuster — An Alpine Symphony of Richard Strauss, composed at the very summit of the composer’s powers. Anna Clyne’sMasquerade, premiered at the London Proms by Marin Alsop, is a festive opening to these concerts — and the season!

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    Beethoven's Pastoral

    Fri, Sep 25, 8 pm

    Juanjo Mena, conductor
    Jonathan Carney, violin

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
    Glazunov: Violin Concerto
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

    This is Beethoven at peace, amid his beloved nature, which echoes and animates every measure of his Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral” Symphony. Plus, concertmaster Jonathan Carney plays the blistering Violin Concerto of Alexander Glazunov, a Russian romantic masterwork.

    Heidi Melton

    Don Giovanni

    Thu, Oct 1, 8 pm

    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Madeline Adkins, violin
    Lisa Steltenpohl, viola
    Morgan Smith, Don Giovanni
    Jennifer Black, Donna Elvira
    Angela Meade, Donna Anna

    Mozart: Symphony No.1
    Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
    Mozart: Scenes from Don Giovanni

    With his illustrious opera background, the BSO’s new Principal Guest Conductor, Markus Stenz, brings to life the dark humor and supernatural drama of Mozart’s libertine, woman-seducing anti-hero who ultimately receives his karmic undoing. Don Giovanni headlines this all-Mozart concert also featuring the solo debut of the BSO’s new Principal Viola Lisa Steltenpohl.

     Markus Stenz

    Off the Cuff: Don Giovanni

    Sat, Oct 3, 7 pm

    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Morgan Smith, Don Giovanni
    Jennifer Black, Donna Elvira
    Angela Meade, Donna Anna

    Mozart: Scenes from Don Giovanni

    Everyone loves an anti-hero, and Mozart’s titular libertine Don Giovanni — or Don Juan — seduces and preys upon women before ultimately receiving his karmic undoing. Don Giovanni is Mozart’s most Romantic opera. It deals in psychological and supernatural drama balanced with dark humor that would go on to inspire 19th-century composers and delight audiences long after.

     Jack Everly

    Classic FM: Five Decades of Radio Hits

    Fri, Oct 9, 8 pm
    Sat, Oct 10, 8 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor

    Hear your favorite radio hits across the decades in one fun concert. Relive memorable moments through this program that features blockbusters like “Graceland,” “I Will Survive,” “Happy,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Let It Be,” “Dancing Queen,” ”Sweet Caroline” and many more.

     Marin Alsop

    Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: In Concert

    Fri, Oct 16, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Edward Berkeley, stage director and concert adaptation

    Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

    Sebastian Stimman, Romeo
    Christina Sajous, Juliet
    Kelley Curran, Lady Capulet
    Lise Bruneau, Chorus, Tibalt, Lady Montague, Citizen, Servant, Masker, Balthasar, Father John, Watch, Page
    Louis Butelli, Friar Lawrence, Juliet's Nurse, Lord Montague
    Nehal Joshi, Benvolio, Paris, Prince Escalus
    Brad Koed, Mercutio, Lord Capulet

    Prokofiev’s sumptuous ballet music underscores the struggles of young love amidst violent tragedy like no other representation of Shakespeare’s classic play. Lush, romantic melodies contrast with music of the warring Montagues and Capulets. Edward Berkeley, who triumphed with his adaptation of A Midsummer’s Night Dreamfor the BSO, returns with a new concert adaptation of this love story and will stage direct an ensemble of actors with orchestra.                                                         

    Presented in association with Folger Theatre.

     Valentina Lisitsa

    Mozart and Mendelssohn

    Fri, Oct 23, 8 pm

    Joshua Weilerstein, conductor  
    Valentina Lisitsa, piano  

    Christopher Rouse: Prospero's Rooms (BSO Premiere)
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”          

    Making their BSO subscription debuts, two rising stars showcase their talents. YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa brings passion and drama to Mozart’s D-minor piano concerto. Joshua Weilerstein leads the BSO in Mendelssohn’s evocative musical reminiscence of the Scottish highlands and also Prospero’s Rooms, which channels the gothic energy of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” composed by Baltimore’s own Christopher Rouse.  

     Time Travel

    Time Travel

    Thu, Nov 5, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Jonathan Carney, violin
    BSO Soloists
    Scott Simon, narrator
    Brian Greene, special guest

    Philip Glass: "Into the Air" from Life: A Journey Through Time
    Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins and Cello, RV 580
    Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets
    Vivaldi: “Spring” from The Four Seasons
    Vivaldi: “Summer” from The Four Seasons
    Philip Glass: Icarus at the Edge of Time

    Separated by four centuries, Philip Glass’s upbeat minimalist style is a recognizable descendant of the Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s beloved, vivid depiction of the seasons contrasts with the collision of real science and science fiction in Brian Greene’s novella, Icarus at the Edge of Time. Glass’ intoxicating score accompanies video images of a young boy’s time-traveling journey towards a black hole.

     Jon Carney

    Off the Cuff: A Season of Vivaldi

    Sat, Nov 7, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Jonathan Carney, violin

    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

    How do notes on a page communicate an idea? Why do we hear a thunderstorm, winter’s chill or a bird song when we listen to an orchestra play? Vivaldi set out to show Baroque critics that ”program music” had its place among serious compositions. Those ideas he captures in music have made The Four Seasons a concert hall staple and a popular cultural touchstone.

     Lise de la Salle


    Fri, Nov 13, 8 pm

    Jun Märkl, conductor
    Lise de la Salle, piano

    Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
    Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Debussy: Images
    Ravel: Boléro

    Revel in the flamenco rhythms, colorful sounds and evocative scents of Spain as Falla, Debussy and Ravel each draw on a Spanish muse. The crowd-pleasing crescendo and orchestral textures of Ravel’s Boléro bring the program to a rousing conclusion.