About OrchKids Performers
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program has performed for over 250,000 audience members since the program’s inception in 2007. Our students have performed at major venues across the United States, including the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, DiMenna Center (NYC), Verizon Center and in countless other venues in Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, California, and New York.
OrchKids inspires its over 750 students to explore all genres of music and its orchestral, choral, drumming, composition, chamber music and mixed genre ensembles have performed with varied artists, from Roger Waters, Renee Fleming and Matisyahu to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, beat boxer Shodekeh, Pink Martini, and Hillary Hahn.
In fulfilling its foremost mission of social change, the OrchKids have performed at Ted X Baltimore and Diversity Conferences. As a laboratory for other socially-minded music programs OrchKids has played host to over 100 El Sistema-inspired programs, countless universities, several major American orchestras and various city and state governments.
OrchKids has been recognized for its accomplishments on CBS’s 60 Minutes, the New York Times, PBS, and the Washington Post. In the fall of 2013, student Asia Palmer and Artistic Director Daniel Trahey traveled to the White House to represent the program and receive the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama.