• 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
    • Collaboration with world-renowned guest artists
    • Access to BSYO events at the Meyerhoff
    • Chamber music classes and performance opportunities


  • Faculty

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

  • Concerts

    Sunday, December 17 (NEW DATE AND TIMES!): Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 4:00 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 7:00 pm

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    Sunday, March 18: Carver Center
    String and Concert Orchestra: 2:30 pm
    Youth Orchestra: 5:30 pm

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    Friday, May 25: Meyerhoff
    String, Concert and Youth Orchestra: 7 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 2018-2019 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.


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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. For each eligible concert, the BSYO Access Pass allows you one concert ticket at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall ticket window. Family and friends 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.

    Mozart and Brahms
    Fri, May 18, 8 pm

    Mario Venzago, conductor
    Kit Armstrong, piano

    Liszt // Les Préludes Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Mozart // Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Brahms // Symphony No. 3 in F Major Listen Now BSO Podcast

    Guest conductor Mario Venzago directs Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem Les Préludes. “He gets a refinement of tone and dynamics from the BSO that no one else has quite matched” (Baltimore Sun). Brahms’ Third Symphony spans the full range of human emotion from excitement to despair. Mozart’s vivacious Piano Concerto No. 22 is matched by young virtuoso Kit Armstrong. 

    Gershwin's Piano Concerto
    Fri, Jun 1, 8 pm
    Sat, Jun 2, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director
    Kirill Gerstein, piano

    Stravinsky // Suite from The Firebird (1919) Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Gershwin // Concerto in F Listen Now BSO Podcast
    Schumann // Symphony No. 2 in C Major Listen Now BSO Podcast

    Under Marin Alsop’s baton, Stravinsky’s dazzling Firebirdconcludes with one of the most exalted finales in all of music. Gershwin’s Concerto in F is a blend of traditional classical forms and the freedom of American jazz. After a year without writing music, Schumann’s incredibly personal Second Symphony expresses his triumph over darkness.

    Bernstein and Shostakovich
    Thu, Jun 7, 8 pm
    Fri, Jun 8, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director
    Jon Kimura Parker, piano

    Bernstein // Slava! A Political Overture
    Bernstein // Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" Listen Now
    Shostakovich // Symphony No. 5 in D Minor Listen Now

    Join us for the BSO Season Finale concert. The piano plays the protagonist Bernstein's sentimental tone poem, "The Age of Anxiety," performed by acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Hear Shostakovich's tremendous Symphony No. 5, which received an overwhelming public response and half hour standing ovation at its premiere.