• About
    BSYO Concert 1

    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 210 of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s most talented musicians. The BSYO serves as ensemble-in-residence at the state-of-the-art George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland.

    In addition to weekly rehearsals, BSYO students have opportunities to collaborate with and be mentored by BSO musicians and Maestra Marin Alsop, including:

    • Side-by-Side rehearsals with the BSO
    • Coaching from BSO musicians
    • Master classes with world-renowned guest artists
    • Access to exclusive BSYO events at the Meyerhoff
    • Intensive chamber music classes and performance opportunities


  • Faculty
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    Ken Lam, Artistic Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor
    Mary Poling, Concert Orchestra Conductor
    Nana Vaughn, String Orchestra Conductor
    Carol Bogash, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement
    Nicholas Cohen, General Manager, BSYO and OrchKids
    Alicia Kosack, BSYO Operations Manager
    Gina Kotowski, Librarian
    Jim Kotowski, Operations Assistant

  • Concerts
  • Auditions
    BSYO Concert

    Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the the BSYO!

    At this time, all spots are filled for our June auditions.

    If you would like to be contacted should a spot become available, or if you would like to be contacted about future auditions, please complete the audition application.

    If you have any further questions please contact BSYO Operations Manager Alicia Kosack at akosack@bsomusic.org

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  • BSYO Members Only

    Buy the exclusive BSYO Access Pass!

    For $25 your BSYO student can have unlimited access to select BSO concerts throughout the season. The BSYO Access Pass can be presented at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall ticket window for one concert ticket. Parents can attend as well by taking advantage of the 20% discount offered to BSYO families or by purchasing Rush Tickets. Available concerts will be listed on this page and updated as the season progresses.

    Passes may be purchased at weekly BSYO rehearsals.

    Please note that this offer is only valid for select concerts listed on this page, September 2015 to June 2016. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.

    Available Concerts:
     Lise de la Salle


    Fri, Nov 13, 8 pm

    Jun Märkl, conductor
    Lise de la Salle, piano

    Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
    Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Debussy: Images
    Ravel: Boléro

    Revel in the flamenco rhythms, colorful sounds and evocative scents of Spain as Falla, Debussy and Ravel each draw on a Spanish muse. The crowd-pleasing crescendo and orchestral textures of Ravel’s Boléro bring the program to a rousing conclusion.

    Hilary Hahn

    Hilary Hahn Plays Dvořák

    Fri, Nov 20, 8 pm
    Sat, Nov 21, 8 pm

    Hannu Lintu, conductor
    Hilary Hahn, violin

    Dvořák: Violin Concerto
    Sibelius: Four Legends

    Hilary Hahn, Baltimore’s own international star violinist, brings her unique flair to Dvořák’s lyrical and playful concerto. Sibelius’ Four Legends tells the saga of the mythological hero, Lemminkäinen.  Hannu Lintu offers Finnish authenticity in his commanding interpretation of this masterpiece.  


    Soulful Symphony: 15th Anniversary Concert with Special Guest Ledisi

    Fri, Nov 27, 8 pm
    Sat, Nov 28, 8 pm

    Darin Atwater, artistic director
    Ledisi, vocalist

    After 15 wildly successful seasons wowing audiences with their unique music, Soulful Symphony invites you to spice up your Thanksgiving Weekend and celebrate their triumphant return to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Featuring R&B and jazz artist Ledisi, the grammy nominated singer is sure to dazzle in a tribute to the iconic Nina Simone. This concert also highlights a full array of Soulful hits including excerpts from Song in a Strange Land, gospel favorites and the preview of The Audacity of Hope, a piece composed by Darin Atwater based on President Barack Obama’s political biography of the same name.

    Judy Collins

    Judy Collins with Ari Hest

    Sun, Nov 29, 4 pm

    Her voice is shining and true. For over five decades, Judy Collins has been singing and touching the soul. See Judy Collins sing the songs that have inspired three generations. "Both Sides Now," "Send in the Clowns," and more. One performance only!

    Edward Polochick

    Handel's Messiah

    Fri, Dec 4, 7:30 pm
    Sun, Dec 6, 3 pm

    Edward Polochick, conductor
    Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale
    Jennifer O'Loughlin, soprano
    Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano
    Sean Panikkar, tenor
    Soloman Howard, bass-baritone

    Handel: Messiah

    Composed in just 24 days of divine inspiration, Handel’s beloved and revered Messiah serves as one of the staples of the cherished choral canon and of the jubilant holiday season. Conductor and harpsichordist Edward Polochick performs and leads the BSO and the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale in an inspired performance of this treasured oratorio, exalted for its glorious “Hallelujah Chorus.”

    Brian Stokes Mitchell

    'Tis the Season with Brian Stokes Mitchell  

    Wed, Dec 9, 2 pm
    Fri, Dec 11, 2 pm & 8 pm
    Sat, Dec 12, 2 pm & 8 pm
    Sun, Dec 13, 3 pm

    Damon Gupton, conductor
    Brian Stokes Mitchell, host and vocalist

    Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the BSO SuperPops to warm your heart with traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. Best known for his many turns on “The Great White Way”  and for his numerous television appearances from “Frasier” to  “Glee,” the charismatic Brian Stokes Mitchell is sure to delight in this festive holiday treat featuring favorites like "Sleigh Ride" and "I'll be home for Christmas."

    Morgan State

    A Gospel Christmas with the Morgan State University Choir

    Thu, Dec 17, 7:30 pm
    Fri, Dec 18, 7:30 pm

    Eric Conway, conductor
    Morgan State University Choir
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor Eric Conway leads the Morgan State University Choir and the BSO in a selection of Christmas favorites culminating in a gospel cantata. The sweet harmonies of MSU’s chorus promise to lift the spirit and nourish the soul.

    Home Alone

    Home Alone: Movie and Music

    Sat, Dec 19, 3 pm & 7 pm

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director

    John Williams: Home Alone

    The score to Home Alone contains some of John Williams’ most instantly recognizable and beloved melodies in a career full of memorable soundtrack themes. Conductor Nicholas Hersh leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a live score accompaniment of the classic 1990 film.

    Cirque de la Symphonie

    Cirque de la Symphonie

    Thu, Dec 31, 8 pm
    Fri, Jan 1, 8 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor

    Ring in the new year as Cirque de la Symphonie pairs world-class acrobats and gymnasts with music by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind experience. Classical favorites take on new meaning in an aerial ballet that features jugglers, balancing acts, contortionists and symphonic sounds.