Cornerstone of the BSO's Vision to Expand Relevance
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 music director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expland the Orchestra’s relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music eduation, 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 tranformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most impoverished areas in only 40 years.
Currently we work with 4 Public Elementary School in Baltimore City serving close to 600 children from Pre-Kindergarten thought the 7th grade.
Deepest Appreciation for Extraordinary Sustaining Gifts
Robert E. Meyerhoff & Rheda Becker
Marin Alsop BSO Music Director and OrchKids Founder
Early Education Sponsor
Official Instrument Partner
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Baltimore Symphony has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout the Maryland community.