• 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
    Nicholas Cohen, Director of Education and Community Engagement
    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!

    Information for our 2017-2018 auditions will be posted at the end of March. Auditions will be in late May and early June.

    The information currently posted is from last year's auditions.

    If you have any further questions please contact BSYO 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.

    Yan Pascal TortelierPetrushka
    Fri, Mar 24, 8 pm

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
    Augustin Hadelich, violin

    Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Listen Now
    Chausson: Poème for Violin and Orchestra Listen Now
    Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra Listen Now
    Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947) Listen Now

    A superb music colorist and BSO favorite, Tortelier has conjured up an enchanting French-inspired program that has a hint of mystery and just a touch of the sinister. Dukas’ magicians pull the strings as apprentices reach too far, and Stravinsky’s puppets dare to dream of love. Violinist Augustin Hadelich’s fingers fly through two evocative works: gypsies tease in the flashy Tzigane, while a spurned lover has the last word in Poème. This is truly a program designed to show off the wizardry of the BSO!

    Jennifer KohScheherazade
    Thu, Mar 30, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Jennifer Koh, violin

    Barber: Adagio for Strings Listen Now
    Steven Mackey: Beautiful Passing (BSO Premiere)
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Listen Now

    Barber’s famous elegy, the quietly powerful and reflective Adagio for Strings is the perfect prelude for Jennifer Koh’s performance of Mackey’s Beautiful Passing, a tribute to his mother’s life and strength. The violin is once again the protagonist, this time weaving its sensuous melody as Scheherazade in Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful portrait of a sultan’s wife.

    Marin AlsopOff The Cuff:
    Sat, Apr 1, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Listen Now

    Maestra Alsop and the orchestra tell the tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in stories and music.

    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!

    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: New thie season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, April 7.

    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
    Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms Listen Now
    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 Listen Now

    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 thie 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.