Attention, campers! BSO to open summer academy for amateur musicians
Elsewhere in today's Sun you'll find my story about the Baltimore Symphony's latest outreach project, the BSO Academy.
Adult amateur musicians are invited to apply for the week-long, intensive session starting June 13, working with BSO players and music director Marin Alsop, who will conduct a public concert featuring all of the participants on June 18 in
It sounds like a cool venture, one that sparks up a traditional dry part of the season, the time right after the subscription concerts finish and before the Fourth of July start of light summer fare. It's not cheap for the campers. Tuition starts at $1,650; add-ons, such as private lessons and chamber music sessions, would drive the per-person cost considerably higher. (One potential applicant I talked to said she hoped the BSO would consider turning the tuition into a tax-deductible contribution, to make the cost go down a little more smoothly.)
Even so, for folks who used to play, or still trot out, musical instruments, folks who would like a taste of the professional symphonic world and a chance to rub shoulders with first-class players and one of today's brightest conducting stars, this should be a rewarding experience.