• 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 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 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. 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.

    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Fri, Feb 16, 8 pm

    Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor
    Joyce Yang, piano

    Price // Dances in the Canebrakes
    Prokofiev // Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major Listen Now
    Mussorgsky/Ravel // Pictures at an Exhibition Listen Now 

    There are few pieces of music as visually evocative as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Written in memory of artist Viktor Hartmann, the piece is a musical depiction of an art exhibition. Composer Florence Price was the first African American female recognized as a symphonic composer and the first to have a work premiered by a major symphony orchestra. Witness Joyce Yang push the piano to its limits with her performance of Prokofiev’s colorful Piano Concerto No. 3. 

    Rite of Spring
    Thu, Feb 22, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director
    Branford Marsalis, saxophone

    Anna Clyne // Abstractions
    Ibert // Concertino da camera Listen Now 
    Milhaud // Scaramouche Listen Now 
    Stravinsky // Rite of Spring Listen Now  

    A piece of music so wild, so barbaric and so brilliant, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is considered one of the most influential works of the 20th century. Branford Marsalis, who belongs to one of the greatest American musical dynasties, joins the BSO for two melodic French pieces for saxophone and orchestra. 

    Off the Cuff: Rite of Spring
    Sat, Feb 24, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, Music Director

    Stravinsky // The Rite of Spring Listen Now  

    Stravinsky pushed the boundaries of classical instruments to evoke earthy and bestial sounds in his awe-inspiring The Rite of Spring. Join Marin Alsop and the BSO for a performance of the composer’s galvanizing masterpiece. Join us after the concert for a conductor-led Q&A session.

    *The Saturday, February 24 performance will be followed by a ‘Single Malt Stravinsky’ after-party featuring live music from Elon, food specials from The Local Oyster and $6 whiskey specials! 

    Schubert the Great
    Fri, Mar 15, 8 pm
    Sat, Mar 16, 8 pm

    Lahav Shani, conductor
    Nikolai Lugansky, piano

    Prokofiev // Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Listen Now
    Schubert // Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great” Listen Now

    Lahav Shani, winner of the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition and newly appointed Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic, leads Schubert’s Great C Major Symphony. The BSO is joined by Prokofiev specialist Nikolai Lugansky for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a piece of herculean virtuosity, emotional intimacy and extreme difficulty.