BSO Academy Orchestral Program
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Developed by Music Director Marin Alsop and BSO English Horn Jane Marvine in 2010, the BSO Academy Orchestral Program (formerly the Orchestral Track) is the world’s leading intensive orchestral experience for adult, non-professional musicians. This program allows musicians of all ability levels 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.
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
- Sectionals led by BSO musicians to prepare participants for the on-stage experience
- Musical insights on the week’s repertoire from music professionals
- A collaborative class about the orchestral experience led by BSO Associate Conductor and Academy Conductor Nicholas Hersh and founding musician Jane Marvine
- Instrument masterclasses led by BSO musicians to focus on solo repertoire, performance techniques, instrument-specific topics, and more
- Enriching lectures from leading specialists about issues facing professional and non-professional musicians alike (previous topics have included performance anxiety and injury prevention)
- Participation in the Academy String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Double Reed Ensemble, or Percussion Ensemble as additional performance opportunities included in tuition
- The opportunity to customize the Academy Week experience through additional elective experiences
PROGRAM ADD-ONS AVAILABLE FOR ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
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. After 6/1, lessons will cost $150/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. However, most private lessons will need to be scheduled on June 23 and 24 due to space availability.
- Recital for Solos and Chamber Music With Piano - (Saturday, June 23 – Monday, June 25): Participants rehearse* and perform a solo piece with pianist and BSO violist Mary Woehr. Up to 2 pre-formed groups with a maximum of 4 instrumentalists will be considered for a maximum performance length of 15 min per group. Each group member must sign up for a 10 min /$50 time slot. (for example, a group with 4 instrumentalists would get 40 min of rehearsal and up to 15 min of performance time).
Soloists should sign up for 10 min. rehearsal + 5 min performance for $50 or 20 min. rehearsal + up to 10 min. performance for $100. Additional rehearsal time may be available as a private lesson with Mary Woehr, depending on her schedule. If interested in this option please sign up for a private lesson and select Mary Woehr. Private lessons will be limited to one per person/group.
Participants are encouraged to suggest at least two or three repertoire choices in order of their preference. All repertoire is subject to approval by Mary Woehr.*Solos and chamber music With Piano rehearsals are scheduled in blocks at times that do not conflict with provided meals or the participant's other Academy activities
- 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 $4 per day. Transportation is provided between JMSH and Hotel Indigo for the entire Academy Week (June 23 – June 30).
THE ACADEMY CAMPUS
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
As of 2018, all Academy activities will take place at JMSH and in the surrounding area for the entirety of the Academy Week (Saturday, June 23 through Saturday, June 30). All Orchestral Program rehearsals with the BSO are held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
SCHOLARSHIPS*: For best consideration for an Academy scholarship, applicants must have demonstrated financial need, determined by employment status, education level, and/or filing at or below $35,000 per household based on the prior year's tax return. Applicants must verify income by submitting a tax return. Candidates that belong to historically underrepresented communities in classical music and/or are committed to the work of increasing diversity and inclusion in the arts are also encouraged to apply. Scholarships provided with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE*: A limited amount of support is also available for participants with demonstrated financial need due to extreme circumstances or other financial hardship not described by the criteria which would receive best consideration for an Academy scholarship, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Financial assistance may also be available to fill program instrumental needs.
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 Engagement & Education Programs. Approved refunds are only available to Orchestral Program Full Session and Full Chamber Program participants. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable. After June 1, the $500 tuition deposit cannot be refunded for any reason. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure.