• About


    OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school, music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, the music program that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most impoverished areas. 

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  • Sites


    OrchKids is currently based in both West and East Baltimore at six Baltimore City Public Schools serving children in grades pre-kindergarten through 10th grade. Each site is led by a Site Manager or Coordinator that is based in the school and works closely with parents and families, community organizations, and school administration to reflect the needs of the community and implement the OrchKids program. Through the OrchKids program, each site receives a wide variety of music instruction and concert opportunities with frequent field trips to many of Baltimore’s cultural institutions.

    Current Sites:

    Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School
    Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School
    New Song Academy
    Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #215
    Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts
    Patterson Park Public Charter School

  • Book Us!

    Book Us!

    Book OrchKids for Your Next Event
    Interested in having OrchKids perform at an event? Want to find out more about having the OrchKids Artistic Staff speak at an event or lead an educational workshop? Read below for more information.

    About OrchKids Performers and Artistic Staff
    Artistic Offerings
    Performance Request Form

  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    Help us continue planting seeds for a brighter future! Get involved TODAY!

    Interested in volunteering for OrchKids? Please contact:
    Khandeya Sheppard | ksheppard@BSOmusic.org

    Instrument Donations
    For all instrument donations please contact:
    Judson Deitrich Jdeitrich@bsomusic.org

     Visit OrchKids
     If you would like to visit the OrchKids program, please contact:
     Nick Skinner | nskinner@bsomusic.org

    Employment/Internship Opportunities
    Click here to learn about our current employment opportunities.

    General Questions  
    For general questions about OrchKids, please contact