• About

    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 250 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

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

  • Concerts

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

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

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

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  • Auditions

    Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the BSYO!

    At this time, all spots are filled for our 2017-2018 auditions.

    If you would like to be contacted should a spot becomes 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. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.

    Ray ChenSymphonie fantastique
    Fri, Apr 7, 8 pm

    Ludovic Morlot, conductor
    Ray Chen, violin

    Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 Listen Now
    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Listen Now

    Violinist Ray Chen brings his extraordinary talents to the concerto by Paganini, a consummate showman whose works of astounding virtuosity and flashy style lead to rumors he had sold his soul! And if that isn’t enough, Berlioz’s richly orchestrated Symphonie fantastiqueconjures a tale of obsessive love leading to madness, an opium dream and a dance with the Devil. French conductor Ludovic Morlot makes a welcome return for this pyrotechnic program.

    BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a Q&A session on Friday, April 7 with Ray Chen and Ludovic Morlot.

    The Doo Wop ProjectSuperPops
    The Doo Wop Project
    Fri, Apr 21, 8 pm
    Sat, Apr 22, 8 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor

    This is the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner. The Doo Wop Project is history you can dance to! Stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical join the SuperPops and harmonize the classics of The Crests, The Flamingos, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, as well as newer hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.

    Marin AlsopRachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
    Fri, Apr 28, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, director BSO Late Night

    Arvo Pärt: Credo (BSO Premiere) Listen Now Podcast Symbol
    Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms Listen Now Podcast Symbol
    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 Listen Now Podcast Symbol

    Maestra Alsop presents a program of spiritual reflection and sacred inspiration from the Eastern Orthodox Church. Influenced by Bach’s cantata Es ist genug and by Latin mass text, Credo is Arvo Pärt’s merging of the worlds of love and hate to offer healing. Stravinsky’s austerely beautiful and moving Symphony of Psalmsemploys a large chorus and orchestra (without violins and violas) to recreate the dark, mysterious ritual atmosphere of the church. Finally, Rachmaninoff’s lush Symphony No. 2 was prompted by his exile from Russia as he grappled with history and faith.

    BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: New this season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, April 28, featuring the University of Maryland Concert Choir.

    Golden Dragon Acrobats
    Sat, Apr 29, 8 pm

    The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

    Please Note: The BSO is not a part of this performance.

    Stravinsky's Firebird
    Thu, May 4, 8 pm

    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Juho Pohjonen, piano

    Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete) Listen Now BSO Podcast

    Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz gives us a rare opportunity to hear the color and brilliance of Stravinsky’s complete score for The Firebird, the commission from Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes that catapulted him to fame in pre-WWI Paris. Years later, Paris was again the setting for Ravel’s popular jazz-inflected concerto, perfect for the intense, thoughtful and fearless musical conviction of Juho Pohjonen, who makes his BSO debut.

    Off the Cuff: Stravinsky Firebird
    Sat, May 6, 7 pm

    Markus Stenz, conductor

    Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete) Listen Now BSO Podcast

    Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz reveals the genesis of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet score The Firebird.

    Saturday at the Meyerhoff: Join us for our inspired Off the Cuff series — an hour-long performance by the Baltimore Symphony plus an after-party!

    It's fun. It's laid back. It's Off the Cuff.

    Explore the backstories of classical music’s greatest works and discover their secrets, scandals and twists. Each conductor will lead us through an entertaining exploration of each work, followed by a full performance of the piece.

    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
    Fri, May 12, 8 pm

    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Andrew Balio, trumpet

    Mozart: Symphony No. 29 Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Haydn: Trumpet Concerto Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Detlev Glanert: Frenesia (BSO Premiere) BSO Podcast
    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Listen Now

    Maestro Stenz is a master of both the classic and modern Austro-Germanic repertoire. Mozart’s graceful Symphony No. 29 is modeled after Haydn, who Mozart often called his teacher. Haydn’s own humorous and virtuosic trumpet concerto showcases Principal Trumpet Andrew Balio performing a set of three cadenzas by Kristof Penderecki, the prominent living Polish composer. Transforming the orchestral palette, Stenz introduces fun and frantic Frenesia, an ironic homage to Richard Strauss, whose own whimsical tribute to the medieval trouble-maker, Till Eulenspiegel, makes for a rousing finale.

    Movie and Music: E.T. The Extraterrestrial In Concert
    Fri, May 19, 8 pm
    Sat, May 20, 3 pm
    Sat, May 20, 8pm

    Jack Everly, conductor

    Soar through the stars with Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece as you’ve never seen or heard it before! Jack Everly conducts John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score live as the classic film is projected on a giant HD screen. Bring the whole family to experience the magic of Elliott and his friend from far, far away.

    Kids 50% off! (12 and under)

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