• Overview

    10th Anniversary BSO Academy Week

    Sunday, July 14, 2019 – Saturday, July 20, 2019

    REGISTER FOR ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM    REGISTER FOR CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAM

    "The Academy refreshes my inspiration and drive to continue to make music despite my job, family and life obligations. It brought back my belief in myself as a musician." - BSO Academy Participant

    Please contact education@bsomusic.org to be added to the mailing list for 2019 Academy Week information.

    The BSO Academy brings together passionate adult instrumental musicians from all over the United States and the world, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Academy participants play side-by-side with the BSO in rehearsals and performances, and experience musical enrichment classes, lectures, chamber music coachings, sectionals and other special events led by BSO musicians and experts in the field. The Academy provides an immersive experience for adult non-professional musicians who desire an intensive learning experience.

    New as of 2019:

    • A component of Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival
    • 2 sectionals
    • Orchestra rehearsal for participants only with Maestro Hersh
    • Class on practice techniques specific to your instrument
    • Class on using tech tools to enhance practice

    The Academy week will include an anniversary celebratory dinner and a catered lunch with the BSO Musicians. Please note the following differences: the BSO Academy Week will no longer include the Large Ensembles, option to participate in the Solo with Piano concert, transportation to/from Hotel Indigo or catered daily lunches. The lunchtime breaks will be extended so that participants will have time to enjoy the local food scene! Because of this reduction in services provided, the tuition has been reduced to $1,600.

    Meet the BSO Musicians


    Tuition and Fees

    Application Fee: $50

    The $50 application fee is non-refundable and required for all participants, including participants who are requesting scholarship support or financial assistance. Click here to pay the application fee if you are not redirected to a payment page after completing an application.

    Tuition Fees:

    Orchestral Program

    Additional Group (on space available basis)

    $1,600

    $750

    Chamber Music Program Only

    Chamber Music Program add-on

    $700

    $650

     

    Acceptance and Payment Timeline:

     

    Chamber Music Only

    Orchestra Only

    Orchestra and Chamber Music

    April 3

    Registration Opens

    April 24

    Email Notification of Acceptance

    May 8 – Deposit 

    $50 (click here to pay deposit)

    $500 (click here to pay deposit)

    $550 (click here to pay deposit)

    May 22

    Email notification of chamber assignments

    June 5 – Remaining Balance

    $650 (click here to pay balance)

    Click here to pay for add-ons

    $1,100 (click here to pay balance)

    Click here to pay for add-ons

    $1,700 (click here to pay deposit)

    Click here to pay for add-ons

    Total payment

    $700

    $1,600

    $2,250


    *If space allows for participation in both orchestral groups, an additional fee of $750 will be due on June 5th


    The Academy Campus

    Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
    1212 Cathedral Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    All Academy activities will take place at JMSH and in the surrounding area for the entirety of the Academy Week (Sunday, July 14 – Saturday, July 20). All Orchestral Program rehearsals with the BSO are held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. 


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the age requirement for the Academy Week? All participants must be 18 years old by the first day of the Academy Week. The average age for Academy Week participants is about 56, but in 2018 participants ranged from 22 to 75 years of age. Special consideration for participants under age 18 might be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Where do participants come from? Approximately 70% of Academy Week participants are from the Mid-Atlantic region of the US (Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, etc.) but many participants come from much further. The 2018 Academy Week participants represented 19 states stretching from Maine to California! Past years have included participants from Canada, France, Austria, and Russia.

    Is there a requirement for playing ability? The BSO Academy does not require an audition to be accepted. However, a basic knowledge of reading music is required, and the program is most enjoyable for participants who can comfortably play or follow along with the level of the selected repertoire and contribute to conversations about the techniques used to play the repertoire. Many participants are not able to play every single note in a difficult passage. You don’t have to! The entire BSO is sitting with you and will cover the parts that are beyond your ability. The BSO faculty will guide you with suggestions on how to simplify or otherwise make it through a tough passage. We welcome a short recording of your playing if you are not sure if this program is right for you and would like our advice.

    Where can I practice by myself during the Academy Week? Practice spaces at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall are shared and communal. A limited number of private practice spaces may be available on a first come, first served basis.


    Academy Hotel Accommodations

    Hotel Indigo Baltimore: Official Hotel of the 2019 BSO Academy Week

    A blend of downtown cool and uptown sophistication, the Hotel Indigo Baltimore sets a new standard for artsy, eclectic style in Baltimore’s cobblestoned Mount Vernon neighborhood. Limited rooms available Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 20.

    Hotel Amenities:

    • Poet's Modern Cocktails & Eats
    • Complimentary Wine Wednesday reception in the Library
    • 24-hour Front Desk
    • Fitness Center
    • Business Center
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Doorman
    • Dry cleaning service
    • Parking garage/self-parking

    Special Amenities for Academy Week Guests:

    • $119/night. To secure this rate, rooms must be reserved by June 12, 11:59pm.
    • 10% off in-restaurant dining purchases at Poet's Modern Cocktails & Eats (excluding alcohol and in-room dining)

    Please contact Hotel Indigo Baltimore directly for more information: 410-625-6200 (Ask for "Reservations," Group Code:B13

    Click here to be directed to the Hotel Indigo FAQ page for parking and other information

  • Orchestral Program

    2019 Academy Orchestral Program

    Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19
    (The Orchestral Concert is on Friday evening, July 19)

    REGISTER

    Note: The registration fee of $50 must be paid along with the application form.

    Developed by Music Director Marin Alsop and BSO English Horn Jane Marvine in 2010, the BSO Academy Orchestral Program is one of the country’s leading intensive orchestral experience for adult, non-professional musicians. This program allows musicians of all ability levels, including Music Educators, to leave their day jobs and everyday lives behind to sit side-by-side with the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to play extraordinary repertoire on stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

    Nicholas Hersh, BSO Associate Conductor & Academy Conductor

    Maestro Hersh has participated in the BSO Academy for four consecutive seasons and served as the Academy Conductor for three seasons.  His musical leadership, nurturing style and accessibility as well as his rapport with the BSO musicians has made him an exceptional choice to lead the Academy Orchestra.


    Orchestral Program Repertoire*

    Group 1:

    BERLIOZ Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust 
    DVOŘÁK Scherzo Capriccioso
    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9 Movements I, III, IV and V

    Group 2:

    HOLST “Jupiter” from The Planets
    STRAUSS Rosenkavalier Waltzes (arr. Doebber)
    BERLIOZ Romeo Alone and Festivities of the Capulets
    SAINT-SAËNS Danse Bacchanale

    *Repertoire is subject to change.   

    Follow the BSO Academy Programs (@BSOAcademy) on Facebook for updates and details.

    Group 1 & Group 2 Orchestras

    All Orchestral Program participants can request to play in either the Group 1 or Group 2 orchestras. Academy staff will work to create a balanced participant to BSO musician ratio so each participant can receive as much individual attention as possible. We will do our best to place you in the group you request but cannot guarantee it. Program participants also have the option to perform in both groups, if space is available, for an additional fee ($750). Note: participation in both groups will preclude attendance at some lectures and classes.

    The Orchestral Program includes:

    • Four orchestra rehearsals side-by-side with the BSO culminating in a public performance at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall during Artscape (America’s largest free arts festival)
    • Instrument sectionals led by BSO musicians to focus on preparation for the week’s repertoire
    • Class curriculum focuses on practice techniques and tools
    • Participant only rehearsal with Maestro Hersh prior to first Side-by-Side rehearsal with BSO
    • Musical insights on the week’s repertoire from music professionals
    • Enriching lectures from leading specialists about issues facing professional and non-professional musicians alike (previous topics have included music and the brain, vision challenges for musicians, Alexander technique)

    Fee: $1,600


    Program add-ons available for Academy Orchestral Program participants

    Click here to pay for program add-ons

    Private Lessons (1 hour) *: Participants take private lessons with BSO faculty members of their choosing to work on solo, chamber, orchestral repertoire, tone, technique or other musical agendas, for an additional fee of $130/hr. Please see the BSO faculty listing for teacher selection. Faculty list coming soon.

    *Private lessons are scheduled individually at times that are mutually convenient for the Academy participant & BSO faculty member that do not conflict with provided meals or other Academy activities, and when space is available. Participants may request a preferred time while registering for private lessons after acceptance.

    Chamber Music: Participants enrolled in Academy Chamber Music rehearse and perform in one ensemble, quartet-sized or larger, with a BSO musician serving as the group’s coach and a playing member of the ensemble. This experience includes one chamber music group, three 1.5-hour rehearsals, a dress rehearsal in the concert space, and one public performance. There is an additional fee of $650 for the add-on Chamber music group. Note: participants may choose to enroll in the chamber music program only, for $700.

    Parking: Purchasing a parking pass is a convenient option for commuters or participants who would like to avoid street parking or high daily parking rates at hotels. The BSO Garage (1311 Cathedral Street) is half a block away from JMSH and passes cost $45 for the duration of the Academy Week.


    Financial Assistance

    2019 Financial Assistance Form

    A limited amount of funding is available for participants that belong to historically underrepresented communities in classical music and/or are committed to the work of increasing diversity and inclusion in the arts and those who demonstrate financial need due to extreme circumstances or other financial hardship. Financial assistance may also be available to fill program instrumental needs.


    Refund Policy

    BSO Academy Week tuition and fees are non-refundable except in the case of a medical emergency or other extreme circumstance as determined by the BSO Director of Education & Community Engagement. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure.

  • Chamber Music Program

    2019 Academy Chamber Music Program

    Sunday, July 14 – Saturday, July 20
    (The Chamber Music Concerts are in the afternoon on Saturday, July 20)

    REGISTER

    The Academy Chamber Music Program appeals to a wide range of adult musicians with various chamber music backgrounds, seeking a more intensive experience playing alongside a BSO musician who also coaches the ensemble. For all participants, the Academy Chamber Music Program provides adult musicians with opportunities to develop and advance their chamber music skills.

    New in 2019, the BSO Academy will be sending out three chamber groups, selected by BSO Academy Faculty and Staff to perform free concerts in the Baltimore community! These groups will serve as Academy ambassadors to share the love of music with various organizations in our community.

    Note: Participation and group assignments are based on enrollment. Every effort is made to include everyone, however if that is not possible, a full refund will be granted.

    The Chamber Music Program offers the following:

    • A small ensemble quartet-size or larger with a BSO musician playing and coaching
    • Three 1.5-hour rehearsals
    • A dress rehearsal in the concert space
    • A public performance during Artscape (America’s largest free arts festival)

    Fee: $700

    Add-on: Orchestral Program participants who would like to play chamber music in addition to the components of the Orchestral Program may do so for $650.


    Program add-ons available for Academy Chamber Music Program participants:

    Click here to pay for program add-ons

    Private Lessons (1 hour) *: Participants take private lessons with BSO faculty members of their choosing to work on solo, chamber, orchestral repertoire, tone, technique or other musical agendas, for an additional fee of $130/hr. Please see the BSO faculty listing for teacher selection. Faculty list coming soon.

    *Private lessons are scheduled individually at times that are mutually convenient for the Academy participant & BSO faculty member that do not conflict with provided meals or other Academy activities, and when space is available. Participants may request a preferred time while registering for private lessons after acceptance.

    Parking: Purchasing a parking pass is a convenient option for commuters or participants who would like to avoid street parking or high daily parking rates at hotels. The BSO Garage (1311 Cathedral Street) is half a block away from JMSH and passes cost $45 for the duration of the Academy Week.


    Financial Assistance

    2019 Financial Assistance Form

    A limited amount of funding is available for participants that belong to historically underrepresented communities in classical music and/or are committed to the work of increasing diversity and inclusion in the arts and those who demonstrate financial need due to extreme circumstances or other financial hardship. Financial assistance may also be available to fill program instrumental needs.


    Refund Policy

    BSO Academy Week tuition and fees are non-refundable except in the case of a medical emergency or other extreme circumstance as determined by the BSO Director of Education & Community Engagement. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure.