“Congratulations! After careful review of your application, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is pleased to offer you admission to the second annual BSO Academy …”
After trading e-mails with Academy Coordinator Lindsay Gomes, who found this blog a few months back, I am going to be playing violin with members of the BSO in June. I’ll be sharing the trip with one of my local orchestra companions – a retired teacher who plays viola. (Ironically, my husband Chuck will be at Interlochen that same week, playing at the New Horizons national band camp.)
The BSO Academy of rusty musicians will be an intense week, filled with rehearsals, private lessons, chamber music, and yoga for musicians. And, oh yes, a concert – on Saturday, June 19th, conducted by Marin Alsop.
There are enough musicians that there will be two separate groups at the academy – one playing Bernstein, Ravel, and Mahler, while the other group plays Rimsky-Korsakov and Hindemith. I won’t know my assignment (Group 1 or Group 2? First or Second Violin?) for several more weeks. Meanwhile, at last word, Lindsay was still hoping to find some more players: viola, bass, oboe, bassoon and trombone. You can check out the site at www.BSOAcademy.org.
Stay tuned. I’ll be sharing stories as I go.