• 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
    BSYO Concert 6

    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
    BSYO Concert 2

    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 | 3:00 pm | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

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  • Auditions
    BSYO Concert 3

    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:
    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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    Boris Giltburg

    Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich
    Thur, November 13, 8:00 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Boris Giltburg, piano

    Tchaikovsky: Marche slave
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

    Known for his “intuitive, powerful performances” (Daily Telegraph), Israeli pianist and 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition Winner Boris Giltburg performs Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto. Marin Alsop leads this sumptuous Russian program also featuring Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, in which the composer walks a tightrope between his own artistic statement and Stalin's socialist realism.

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    Shostakovich 5: Notes for Stalin
    Sat, November 15, 7:00 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Didi Balle, Playwright-In-Residence
    Jared McLenigan, actor
    Richard Poe, actor
    Tony Tsendeas, actor

    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

    More than 75 years ago, Shostakovich set out to write his now legendary Fifth Symphony. The result was an appealing and triumphant score full of contradictions and hidden messages. Is it a tribute to the greatness of the Soviet virtues or a parody of its leadership? How could an artist create a work of such power and optimism under such harsh and restrictive conditions?

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    Jennifer Johnson Cano

    Bernstein & Beethoven
    Fri, November 21, 8:00 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
    Cathedral Choral Society
        J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director

    Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
    Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah”
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

    Beethoven's great Seventh Symphony anchors two contrasting works by Bernstein, Marin Alsop's inspirational mentor. Both pieces occupy the fascinating nexus between Christian and Judaic liturgical traditions, the introspective First Symphony, and Chichester Psalms, with its catchy melodic and rhythmic appeal.

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    Classical Mystery Tour
    Fri, November 28, 8:00 pm
    Sat, November 29, 8:00 pm

    Relive the magic of the Fab Four with a thrilling Beatles retrospective that features chart-topping tunes complete with original arrangements. From early Beatles favorites through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is an authentic concert experience with hits such as “Penny Lane” and “Yesterday”.

    Note: The BSO does not perform on this program.

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