• 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:
    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.

    Leon Fleisher

    Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

    Thu, Jan 7, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Joseph Young, conductor*
    Leon Fleisher, piano

    Shulman: A Laurentian Overture*
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4
    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3

    A formidable interpreter of Rachmaninoff, Marin Alsop taps into the composer’s vein of Romantic melancholy, nostalgic for the Russia of his youth. The Baltimore-themed first half opens with a 1952 overture by locally born Alan Shulman, conducted by Peabody alum Joseph Young. Piano giant Leon Fleisher performs one of his iconic pieces, the Piano Concerto for Left Hand by Prokofiev.

    Marin Alsop

    Off the Cuff:
    Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

    Sat, Jan 9, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Richard Kogan, piano

    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3

    Described as a “six-and-a-half-foot scowl” by his contemporary Stravinsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff was not what most would call a happy man. Part of that legendary sour outlook came from a life in exile after he and his family left Bolshevik Russia. Still, a connection to his homeland runs through much of his music, and his third symphony is filled with that Russian heritage, love and longing.

    Marin Alsop


    Fri, Jan 15, 8 pm
    Sat, Jan 16, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Katherine Needleman, oboe

    Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
    Christopher Rouse: Oboe Concerto
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

    Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony weaves struggle, tragedy and eventual triumph into a story that celebrates human possibility. BSO Principal Oboe Katherine Needleman expresses the lyrical themes and technical fireworks of Baltimore native Christopher Rouse’s genial and spirited oboe concerto.

    Pixar in Concert

    Pixar in Concert

    Fri, Jan 22, 8 pm
    Sat, Jan 23, 8 pm

    Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

    For the first time, Pixar presents a compilation of the music and imagery from Pixar’s 13 feature films, performed by the BSO SuperPops. Featuring visually stunning clips and memorable scores from all your favorite Pixar films including Toy Story, Up, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc. and more.

    Sergey Khachatryan

    Brahms' Symphony No. 4

    Fri, Jan 29, 8 pm

    Jakub Hrůša, conductor
    Sergey Khachatryan, violin  

    Janáček: Jealousy
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto
    Brahms: Symphony No. 4

    “You just never know when lightening will strike,” said the Baltimore Sun on Jakub Hrůša’s 2014 debut. In his welcome return, he is joined by the electrifying Armenian, Sergey Khachatryan, in Sibelius’s intense and thrilling violin concerto.  Brahms’ Fourth Symphony represents the capstone of the composer’s symphonic achievement, a profound expression of the complexity of the human spirit.

    Andre Watts

    André Watts Plays Mozart

    Fri, Feb 5, 8 pm
    Sat, Feb 6, 8 pm

    Mario Venzago, conductor
    André Watts, piano  

    Gluck: Selections from Armide
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme”
    Schumann: Symphony No. 4

    A lion of the piano and regular BSO guest soloist since his days as a student at the Peabody Institute, André Watts delights in Mozart’s first mature concerto, a masterpiece of wit and poignancy. Mario Venzago contrasts the elegance of late 18-century French opera with Schumann’s sunlit Symphony No. 4, written shortly after his marriage to Clara.

    Sutton Foster

    An Evening with Sutton Foster

    Fri, Feb 19, 8 pm
    Sat, Feb 20, 8 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor

    Sutton Foster has captured the hearts of audiences all over the globe with her dazzling on-stage performances. She has received twoTony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Reno Sweeny in Anything GoesIn addition to her work on stage, Foster is the current star of TV Land's “Younger” and can also be seen in hit shows such as “Bunheads,” “Psych” and “Royal Pains.”
    Colin Currie

    Enigma Variations

    Thu, Feb 25, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor  
    Colin Currie, percussion  

    Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
    James MacMillan: Percussion Concerto No. 2 (BSO Co-Commission & East Coast Premiere)                          
    Elgar: Enigma Variations

    The riddle that Edward Elgar built into his Enigma Variations remains unsolved, but no answer is needed to appreciate the spirit and inventions of Elgar’s masterpiece. Scottish solo percussionist Colin Currie brings power and musicality to James MacMillan’s new concerto in this all-British program.

    Marin Alsop

    Off the Cuff:
    Enigma Variations

    Sat, Feb 27, 7 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor 

    Elgar: Enigma Variations

    Inside Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a riddle that remains unsolved. The enigma theme that Elgar takes through many inventive and striking variations, each dedicated to someone in his life, is actually a companion melody written to a well-known tune.  Can you solve the mystery of Elgar’s riddle? Probably not, but no answer is needed to enjoy Elgar’s masterwork.

    Porgy & Bess

    Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

    Fri, Apr 8, 8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Kwame Kwei-Armah, director
    Morgan State University Choir, Eric Conway, director

    Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

    Derrick Parker, Porgy
    Laquita Mitchell, Bess
    Leah Hawkins, Maria
    Larry D. Hylton, Sportin' Life
    Lester Lynch, Crown

    The experiences and love story of the denizens of Catfish Row make Porgy and Bess one of the most beloved American operas. The concert version of Gershwin’s music offers humor, romance and tragedy in timeless songs now firmly established in the Great American Songbook.

    Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

    Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

    Fri, Apr 29, 8 pm

    Andrey Boreyko, conductor  
    Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello  

    Victoria Borisova-Ollas: The Kingdom of Silence (BSO Premiere)
    Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

    Prokofiev was called to write “a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit,” in the midst of World War II. The triumphant Symphony No. 5 churns with hope and joy in the face of horror. BSO Principal Cello Dariusz Skoraczewski performs Tchaikovsky’s cheerful and demanding cello showpiece, Variations on a Rococo Theme.

    The Planets

    The Planets

    Fri, May 20, 8 pm

    John Storgårds, conductor  
    Christopher Lamb, percussion  
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women's Chorus, Tom Hall, director

    Tan Dun: Water Concerto
    Holst: The Planets

    The natural world — on this planet and beyond — is on full musical display with Tan Dun’s Water Concerto and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Part composer, part shaman, Chinese-American composer Tan Dun uses the elemental force of water as both the subject matter and the instrument in this strikingly original concerto.