BSO Academy Week 2024

Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 29, 2024


"The Academy refreshes my inspiration and drive to continue to make music despite my job, family and life obligations. It brought back my belief in myself as a musician." - BSO Academy Participant

The BSO Academy brings together passionate adult instrumental musicians from all over the United States and the world, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Academy participants play side-by-side with the BSO in rehearsals and performances, and experience musical enrichment classes, lectures, chamber music coachings, sectionals and other special events led by BSO musicians and experts in the field. The Academy provides an immersive experience for adult non-professional musicians who desire an intensive learning experience.

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Orchestral Track

BSO Academy Conductor, Nicholas Hersh


Group 1

Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini
Mahler - "I Have a Gleaming Knife" from Songs of a Wayfarer
Mahler - Symphony No. 4: I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen

Group 2

Mahler - Symphony No. 4: II. In gemächlicher Bewgung, ohne Hast, III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio, IV. Sehr behaglich
Tchaikovsky - Finale from Swan Lake

Repertoire subject to change

Chamber Track

BSO Academy Chamber Orchestra Conductor, Jonathan Carney


Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 1
Haydn - Symphony No. 104

Repertoire subject to change

All tracks include:

  • Welcome dinner with BSO musicians
  • Instrument-specific workshops
  • Classes led by BSO musicians
  • Special topics in musicology, wellness, and more led by guest lecturers
  • Lunches with BSO musicians
  • Performance on the Meyerhoff stage, free and open to the public
  • Opportunity to collaborate with BSO Pianist-in-Residence, Lura Johnson, as part of the Solo with Piano Recital
  • Take private lessons with BSO musicians for an additional fee
  • Perform in large ensembles (string orchestra, flute ensemble, clarinet ensemble, double reed choir, brass choir, or percussion ensemble) led by BSO musicians

Additional components of each track:

Orchestral Track

  • Side-by-side rehearsals with BSO musicians
  • Virtual workshops with BSO musicians prior to the Academy
  • Sectionals led by BSO musicians

Chamber Track

  • Perform and rehearse under BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney
  • String sections led by BSO principals
  • Perform in a chamber group alongside a BSO musician

Please note that you may elect to perform in a chamber group even if you are not in the chamber track. Placement in a chamber group is dependent on instrumentation needs and we cannot guarantee a spot to everyone who signs up.

Questions? Contact 410-783-8055