• About
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    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


  • Welcome
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    Welcome to the BSYO!

    I am very excited about our new season and continuing the BSYO’s journey as part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand its reach artistically, musically and educationally.

    During our inaugural season last year, in addition to performing concerts in two amazing venues, the orchestras worked under BSO Music Director Marin Alsop, coached with musicians of the BSO, and collaborated with the artists from the Heifetz Institute. This past June, we had record numbers of auditions and membership in our orchestras has grown significantly both in numbers and talent. The BSYO will now have a total student body of 205 which represents counties in both the state of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

    In this second season, the BSYO will continue to be a cornerstone of BSO's education programs and provide wonderful concerts both at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. In addition to these outstanding performances, students will again have the opportunity to collaborate with world-class artists, perform chamber music concerts at the Meyerhoff, and be given the opportunity to attend exclusive BSO events.

    Please join me in celebrating our BSYO students, and I hope you enjoy this season of exciting music making!


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    Ken Lam
    BSYO Artistic Director

  • 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
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    Don't miss out on these exciting BSYO concerts!

    Sunday, December 14 | 3:00 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, March 8 | 3:00 pm | Carver Center for Arts and Technology

    Sunday, May 24 | 3:00 pm | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

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  • Auditions
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    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.

    Please note that this offer is only valid for select concerts listed on this page, September 2014 to June 2015. Premium seating and concerts are excluded.


    Available Concerts:
    Lukas Vondracek

    Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto

    Fri, May 8,  8 pm

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Lukáš Vondráček, piano

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

    Once deemed “worthless” and “impossible to play,” by critics, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is now regarded as one of classical music’s most enchanting solo works. Marin Alsop leads remarkable young Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček in this timeless concerto.

    Mario Venzago

    Debussy & Don Juan

    Fri, May 15, 8 pm

    Mario Venzago, conductor
    Oliver Schnyder, piano

    Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
    Haydn: Harpsichord Concerto in D Major
    R. Strauss: Don Juan
    Debussy: La Mer

    Shimmering and evocative, rich but subtle, Debussy’s La Mer has endured as one of the composer’s most admired works. Mario Vengazo conducts the thrilling and passionate Don Juan – strength and daring that leaps off the stage.

    Heidi Melton

    Strauss' Four Last Songs

    Thu, May 21, 8 pm
    Fri, May 22, 8 pm

    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Heidi Melton, soprano

    Weber: Der Freischütz Overture
    R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
    Schumann: Symphony No. 2

    Guest conductor Markus Stenz brings panache and musical depth to signature German repertoire, including Schumann’s vibrant Second Symphony and the return of impressive rising star Heidi Melton in Richard Strauss’ last great outpouring for the soprano voice.

     A Tribute to John Williams

    A Tribute to John Williams

    Fri, May 29, 8 pm
    Sat, May 30, 3 pm

    Jack Everly, conductor

    Behind every great film is a compelling score, and the works of noted film composer John Williams are nothing short of brilliant. Join us for a celebration of this iconic contemporary composer and hear your favorite themes from blockbusters such as Schindler’s List, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Empire of the Sun.

     Christoph Koenig

    Beethoven's 5th Symphony

    Fri, Jun 5, 8 pm

    Christoph König, conductor
    Alban Gerhardt, cello

    Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
    Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

    Power, simplicity, beauty. Christoph König conducts the most famous symphony of all – Beethoven’s Fifth. Also, Alban Gerhardt pours heart and soul into one of Shostakovich’s most difficult pieces, the Cello Concerto No. 1.