• About
    BSYO Concert 1

    Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 235 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
    BSYO Concert 6

    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 BSYO!

    At this time, all spots are filled for our 2016-2017 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.

    CLIck here for more information

    Please click here for the exciting announcement of our new BSYO Artistic Director and BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh.

  • 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:
    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.

    Marin Alsop

    Carmen to Clyne: Women in Music

    Sun, May 8, 3 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Alexandra Soumm, violin (BSO debut)

    Joan Tower: Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (BSO Centennial Commission, World Premiere)*
    Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
    Anna Clyne: New Work (BSO Commission, World Premiere)
    Bizet: Selections from Carmen
              Chanson du Toréador
              Danse bohème
              Les Toréadors

    This program features Marin Alsop conducting the world premieres of BSO Commissions from two extraordinary women. The first is by legendary composer Joan Tower, who is currently writing the sixth of her fanfares for uncommon women in honor of our Centennial season, and the other is a brand new, full-length symphonic work from the up-and-coming Anna Clyne, who will use contemporary art from the Baltimore Museum of Art as her inspiration for the work. The celebration of women continues with the gifted violinist and humanitarian Alexandra Soumm in her BSO debut, and will conclude with selections from Bizet’s Carmen, a tribute to one of classical music’s most beloved heroines.

    John Adams

    Beethoven's Emperor

    Thu, May 12, 8 pm

    John Adams, conductor  
    Jeremy Denk, piano  

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
    John Adams: Harmonielehre

    Post-minimalist conductor-composer John Adams returns to the BSO podium to conduct Beethoven’s grandiose “Emperor” concerto and his own intensely expressive Harmonielehre, the symphonic essay that helped him become one of the most performed and important composers alive.

    Jeremy Denk

    Off the Cuff:
    Beethoven's Emperor

    Sat, May 14, 7 pm

    John Adams, conductor
    Jeremy Denk, piano 

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

    Post-minimalist composer John Adams directs renowned and award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk in Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto. Written while Beethoven was riding out the French siege of Vienna in the cellar of a friend, the composer’s fifth piano concerto is an affirmation of heroic spirit in the midst of what Beethoven called “Nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort!”

    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.

    Nicholas McGegan

    Bach's B Minor Mass

    Fri, May 27, 8 pm
    Sat, May 28, 8 pm

    Nicholas McGegan, conductor  
    Yulia Van Doren, soprano
    Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
    Thomas Cooley, tenor
    Dashon Burton, bass  
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director

    J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor

    Nicholas McGegan brings his mastery and affection for early music to Bach’s final crowning achievement, the great Mass in B Minor. These first BSO performances in 50 years are a fitting centennial season showcase for the BSO and Baltimore Choral Arts Society.