2022 Academy Orchestral Program

Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 2, 2022
(The Orchestral Concert is on Friday evening, July 1)

Fee: $1700

Developed by Music Director Marin Alsop and BSO English Horn Jane Marvine in 2010, the BSO Academy Orchestral Program is one of the country’s leading intensive orchestral experience for adult, non-professional musicians. This program allows musicians of all ability levels, including Music Educators, to leave their day jobs and everyday lives behind to sit side-by-side with the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to play extraordinary repertoire on stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Introducing BSO Academy Conductor, Jonathan Rush

Emerging young conductor and Winner of the Respighi Prize in Conducting, Jonathan Taylor Rush brings passion, unique interpretation and refreshing energy to the orchestral experience. This will be Maestro Rush’s first year conducting the Academy Orchestra.



Orchestral Program Repertoire*

Group 1:
Berlioz Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust
Dvořák Scherzo Capriccioso
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 Movements I, III, IV and V

Group 2: Holst “Jupiter” from The Planets
Strauss Rosenkavalier Waltzes (arr. Doebber)
Berlioz Romeo Alone and Festivities of the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Saint-Saëns Danse Bacchanale

*Repertoire is subject to change.

Group 1 & Group 2 Orchestras

All Orchestral Program participants can request to play in either the Group 1 or Group 2 orchestras. Academy staff will work to create a balanced participant to BSO musician ratio so each participant can receive as much individual attention as possible. We will do our best to place you in the group you request but cannot guarantee it. Program participants also have the option to perform in both groups, if space is available, for an additional fee ($700). Note: participation in both groups will preclude attendance at some lectures and classes.

The Orchestral Program includes:

  • Three orchestra rehearsals for each participant, side-by-side with the BSO culminating in a public performance at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
  • New this year! Two Instrument sectionals led by BSO musicians to focus on preparation for the week’s repertoire
  • Participant only pre-rehearsals with Maestro Rush prior to first Side-by-Side rehearsal with BSO
  • Class curriculum includes
    • Workshops for all instruments focusing on reading ensemble music and instrument specific topics
    • Chamber music workshops with Lura Johnson, featuring works for piano and for woodwinds, piano, and strings
  • Enrichment presentations include:
    • Musical insights on the week’s repertoire with Caitlin Brown
    • Music, Aging and the Brain with Dr. Alexander Pantelyat
    • Vision for Musicians with Paul Alan Harris, OD
    • Meditation and Movement with Marcia McHugh




Registration for private lessons will be added later, as we approach the Academy dates.

Private Lessons (1 hour) *: Participants take private lessons with BSO faculty members of their choosing to work on solo, chamber, orchestral repertoire, tone, technique or other musical agendas, for an additional fee of $130/hr. Please see the BSO faculty listing for teacher selection. Faculty list coming soon.

*Private lessons are scheduled individually at times that are mutually convenient for the Academy participant & BSO faculty member that do not conflict with provided meals or other Academy activities, and when space is available. Participants may request a preferred time while registering for private lessons after acceptance.

Chamber Music: At Capacity for 2022
Participants enrolled in Academy Chamber Music rehearse and perform in one ensemble, quartet-sized or larger, with a BSO musician serving as the group’s coach and a playing member of the ensemble. This experience includes one chamber music group, three 1.5-hour rehearsals, a dress rehearsal in the concert space, and one public performance. There is an additional fee of $650 for to participate in chamber music.

Parking: Purchasing a parking pass is a convenient option for commuters or participants who would like to avoid street parking or high daily parking rates at hotels. The BSO Garage (1311 Cathedral Street) is half a block away from JMSH and passes cost $60 for the duration of the Academy Week




Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

All Academy activities will take place at JMSH and in the surrounding area for the entirety of the Academy Week (Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 2). All Orchestral Program rehearsals with the BSO are held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.


A limited amount of funding is available for participants that belong to historically underrepresented communities in classical music and/or are committed to the work of increasing diversity and inclusion in the arts and those who demonstrate financial need due to extreme circumstances or other financial hardship. Financial assistance may also be available to fill program instrumental needs.

2022 Academy Scholarship & Financial Assistance Form


BSO Academy Week tuition and fees are non-refundable except in the case of a medical emergency or other extreme circumstance as determined by the BSO Director of Education & Community Engagement. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure.




The BSO closely monitors federal, state, and local guidelines and will update these policies as needed. In addition to pledging regular communication, we also ask patrons to please check back prior to attending to confirm current protocols.

While the BSO is following recommended practices, these protocols do not offer absolute protection against contracting COVID-19. Those purchasing tickets or attending BSO events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. In accordance with the BSO’s code of conduct, the BSO reserves the right to require attendees who do not follow our guidelines, or who are disrespectful to staff, artists, volunteers, or other patrons, to leave an event immediately without a refund.

COVID-19 remains a concern for the 2022 Academy, and we will be subject to all state and local requirements. Health and Welfare for everyone is our top priority.

In the event a participant tests positive for COVID-19, and is required to quarantine, all fees and tuition will be reapportioned towards attendance for next year’s Academy program.


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Questions? Contact us at:
education@bsomusic.org │(410) 783-8051