The Kennedy Center

Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras & Baltimore Symphon


About the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras
Under Artistic Director Ken Lam, the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras (BSYO) comprises three orchestral ensembles of 210 elementary, middle, and high school students from across Maryland and Pennsylvania. Students commit to weekly rehearsals and have opportunities to collaborate with and be mentored by BSO musicians and Music Director Marin Alsop, including side-by-side rehearsals with the BSO, coaching from BSO musicians, master classes with world renowned artists, intensive chamber music classes and performance opportunities, and access to exclusive BSYO events at the Meyerhoff. The BSYO serves as ensemble-in-residence at the state-of-the-art George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland.
About OrchKids
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. In partnership with the Baltimore City Public School system, OrchKids provides students with instruments, academic instruction, positive role models, field trips, daily healthy meals, and more. Marking its seventh year in 2014-2015, OrchKids serves 825 students spanning pre-kindergarten through ninth grades across five Title I schools in West and East Baltimore.
Under Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is a cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand the Orchestra’s relevance within the City’s broad and diverse community. In 2008, Maestra Alsop directed $100,000 of her MacArthur Genius Prize as seed money to launch the program, and remains an active participant as a mentor to the students, in joint public performances, and in advancing community and funding partnerships. Extraordinary sustaining support for the OrchKids program is provided by Robert E. Meyerhoff & Rheda Becker. In November 2013, OrchKids was awarded a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/6/2015: Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids

Students from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during- and after-school music program perform.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids