• About

    About OrchLab

    In partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the BSO’s OrchLab program works to enrich the instrumental music curriculum, enhance student performance skills and offer professional development to school music educators.  The OrchLab program is delivered at no cost at selected elementary, middle and high schools serving high numbers of students in poverty.

    Outside of Montgomery County, OrchLab’s elementary school programming expanded to Baltimore City in 2016 at the Commodore John Rogers School in Patterson Park. This initiative was funded by a grant from Transamerica.

    "Fourth grade students at Highland Elementary School have had the privilege of working with musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in their OrchLab program. Each spring, a team of musicians from the BSO works directly with our fourth grade students as they perform musical selections alongside them with recorders...Working in a school where nearly 80% of our students are living in poverty, opportunities like these are priceless. I can say, unequivocally, that working with the BSO is something all of our students look forward to as they approach the fourth grade...For all we know, the next Yo-Yo Ma could be sitting out in that audience, and this program could, literally, be the spark that lights their musical fire. Now, that’s exciting!" — Scott Steffan, Principal, Highland Elementary School (Silver Spring, MD)

    For more information, contact:
    Richard Spero
    Community Liaison, BSO at Strathmore
    rspero@bsomusic.org | 301.581.5212 

  • Middle/High Schools

    Middle/High Schools

    Up to 68 visits during the year by BSO musicians leading sectionals and full orchestras at these schools:

    A. Mario Loiederman
    Col. E. Brooke Lee
    Francis Scott Key
    Gaithersburg Middle
    Gaithersburg High
    John F. Kennedy
    Newport Mill
    Northwood
    Parkland
    Sligo
    Springbrook

  • Elementary Schools

    Elementary Schools

    Residency of five visits by a BSO woodwind trio:

    • Culminating in a side-by-side performance
    • BSO members coach 4th and 5th graders playing recorder
    • Original composition “Irish Fantasy” commissioned for this program by BSO musician Jonathan Jensen

    Selected schools include:

    Arcola
    Highland

  • BSO Concerts

    Free BSO Concerts for Participating Students

    All participating students from middle and high school schools experience a BSO subscription concert, often with the opportunity to “meet and greet” their respective BSO mentors at intermission. Tickets are provided free of charge.

    With transportation provided by MCPS, OrchLab students and their music teachers in 2015-16 had the opportunity to select from five different matinee or evening concerts performed by the BSO at the Music Center at Strathmore.

  • Professional Development

    Professional Development for MCPS Music Educators

    The BSO, in partnership with MCPS, will host a professional development day led by BSO musicians. All Montgomery County music educators will be invited to attend. MCPS educators will be awarded appropriate credit hours toward mandatory advanced professional certificate renewal.

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