• About
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    OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost. OrchKids is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, the music program that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most impoverished areas. Currently OrchKids works with five public schools in Baltimore City, serving close to 750 children from Pre-K through the 8th grade.


    Read More:
    Mission & Goals
    Letter from Marin
    OrchKids Staff
    Community Partners

    Click here to access our OrchKids instrument drive!

    OrchKids Newsletter- July Edition


  • Sites
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    OrchKids is currently based in both West and East Baltimore at five Baltimore City Public Schools serving children in grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Each site is led by a site coordinator that is based in the school and works closely with parents and families, community organizations, and school administration to reflect the needs of the community and implement the OrchKids program. Through the OrchKids program, each site receives a wide variety of music instruction and concert opportunities with frequent field trips to many of Baltimore’s cultural institutions.

    Current Sites:

    Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School
    Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School
    New Song Academy
    Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #215
    Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts 

  • Book Us!
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    Book Us!

    Book OrchKids for Your Next Event
    Interested in having OrchKids perform at an event?  Want to find out more about having the OrchKids Artistic Staff speak at an event or lead an educational workshop?   Read below for more information.

    About OrchKids Performers and Artistic Staff
    Artistic Offerings
    Performance Request Form
    Artistic Blog



  • Events
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    Upcoming Events

    OrchKids Holiday Concert  Wednesday, December 10th, 6:00 pm
    Booker T. Washington Middle School

    Ensembles from across OrchKids’ five participating schools will perform an hour-long program celebrating the season and demonstrating the work they’ve accomplished this fall.

    Tis the Reason for the Season  Sunday, December 21st, 10:00 am
    Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church

    OrchKids students will perform for morning worship at the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in celebration of the holidays.





  • Get Involved
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    Get Involved

    Help us continue planting seeds for a brighter future! Get involved TODAY!

    Interested in volunteering for OrchKids? Please contact:
    Khandeya Sheppard | ksheppard@BSOmusic.org

    Instrument Donations
    For all instrument donations please contact:
    Nick Skinner | nskinner@BSOmusic.org

     Visit OrchKids
     If you would like to visit the OrchKids program, please contact:
     Nick Skinner | nskinner@BSOmusic.org

    Employment/Internship Opportunities
    Click here to learn about our current employment opportunities.

    General Questions  
    For general questions about OrchKids, please contact