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BSO Invites Amateur Musicians to Participate in the Third Annual BSO Academy

BSO AcademyBaltimore, Md. — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces its third annual BSO Academy, an immersive summer music program that gives approximately 110 amateur adult musicians the opportunity to perform alongside a top professional orchestra. The BSO Academy will convene in Baltimore, Maryland for eight days–from Saturday, June 23 to Saturday, June 30, 2012. Daily sessions of performance and educational activities will be held at the BSO’s primary venue, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) located just a few blocks from the Meyerhoff.

In addition to orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, master classes and personal lessons, the Academy also includes chamber music rehearsals and enrichment classes led by BSO musicians, activities with Maestra Alsop and lectures led by local experts. Chamber music groups created at the beginning of the week with Academy participants and BSO musicians will perform in an intimate concert on Friday, June 29th. On Saturday, June 30, Academy participants and BSO musicians will perform a final concert led by Music Director Marin Alsop, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Manuel de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2, Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Ravel’s Rapsodie Espanole, as well as selections from both Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Leadership support for the BSO Academy from 2010-2012 is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please see below for complete registration details.

The inaugural BSO Academy took place in June 2010 and drew 46 participants from both the local area and across the country. In its second year, the BSO Academy nearly doubled its enrollment, serving 88 participants from 16 different states and the District of Columbia. The program cultivated greater involvement with and from Academy participants, as alumni have continued to interact with BSO musicians through private lessons, Facebook, increased concert attendance at the BSO’s two venues and involvement in similar participatory events, including “Rusty Musicians with the BSO.” This program welcomes amateur musicians to rehearse and perform across one evening with the BSO under Maestra Alsop’s direction. Programs like the BSO Academy and Rusty Musicians exemplify the BSO’s mission to better connect with existing and new audiences through greater levels of active participation in creative music-making. Approximately one-third of Academy participants had previously attended a Rusty’s event.

BSO Assistant Principal Second Violin Ivan Stefanovic summarized the 2010 BSO Academy final concert, “[The Academy participants’] faces on stage say it all, even as they range from apprehension to elation and excitement. They are doing something that is very different from their daily lives, and it’s challenging them in that way in which human beings like to be challenged most: both emotionally and intellectually.”

“As an adult performer, I have participated in a few summer workshops, but never one so suited to my artistic growth,” said 2011 BSO Academy participant, D’Arcy Weinberger. “The thrill of working with the BSO musicians and Maestra Alsop is inexplicable.”

Registration Details

-Visit BSOAcademy.org to fill out an online application form and submit the $35 non-refundable application fee through the website, OR

-Print out the PDF application form found at BSOAcademy.org and write a check for the $35 non-refundable application fee made out to the “Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.” Mail your check and application to:

BSO Education Associate

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

1212 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

-Applicants must be at least 25 years old for consideration into the program.

-Registration opens Friday, December 16th. All applications, supplemental materials and the $35 non-refundable application fee must be received by 12 p.m. on February 1, 2012.

Base tuition for the BSO Academy is $1,750 with opportunities for chamber music and private lessons available at additional costs. See bsoacademy.org for more details.

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