BSO Academy Chamber Music Festival @ Artscape

Information about the 2019 Chamber Music Festival will be available in Spring 2019. Please contact to be added to the mailing list. 

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

Note: the registration fee of $50 must be paid before the application form can be submitted.

The BSO Academy brings together passionate adult instrumental musicians from all over the United States to perform with musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, America’s Largest Free Arts Festival. The Academy Chamber Music Festival participants will have multiple opportunities to engage with BSO musicians in a unique ensemble experience.

Chamber Orchestra: $650

Strings, winds, brass and percussion are invited to perform challenging symphonic masterpieces conducted by BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney. Participants are guided by BSO musicians who sit as the principal players in each string section.

Brahms // Tragic Overture, Op. 81 
Dvořák // Symphony No. 9, Op. 95  (“From the New World”)

Large Brass Band with Percussion (20-30 musicians): $650

Brass and percussion players are invited to explore British Brass Band style contest pieces and other smaller brass and percussion ensembles under the direction of Jim Olin, BSO Principal Trombone (retired). Repertoire coming soon.

Instruments needed:

  • Cornets/Flugel Horns/Trumpets: 6-10
  • French Horns (or Alto/Tenor Horns): 3-4
  • Euphoniums/Baritones: 3-4
  • Trombones: 3-4
  • Tubas: 2-4
  • Timpani/Percussion: 3+

Small Chamber Groups with BSO player/coach: $650

All instrumentalists are invited to participate in a chamber ensemble, quartet or larger, with a BSO musician serving as a playing member of the ensemble, and the group’s coach. Pre-formed groups are welcomed and encouraged to apply in full, for coaching, or with an open slot to be filled by a BSO musician. 

Note: Depending upon your instrument, it is possible to participate in 1, 2 or all of these offerings, if space is available.

Special discounts: Two groups - $1,000
Three groups - $1,300

Registration fee: $50, non-refundable

April 30, 2018- Full Payment Due

  • $650 per group
  • $1,000 for two groups
  • $1,300 for three groups

All participants must be age 18 or older. Younger string players may be considered a case-by-case basis. Please contact BSO Education at 410-783-8051 or

 The BSO Academy is supported in part by funding from:

Mellon Foundation

Questions? Contact us at: │(410) 783-8051