The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools has announced OrchLab, a music-in-schools program for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland’s Montgomery County.The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools has announced OrchLab, a music-in-schools program for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland’s Montgomery County. For the 2012-2013 academic year, OrchLab will be piloted in 23 of the schools located in the Downcounty and Northeast Consortia of the MCPS System. To launch the program, student musicians from the A. Mario Loiederman Middle and Wheaton High Schools had the unique experience this month of sitting onstage adjacent to their instrumental counterparts for the BSO’s rehearsal of Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8” under the direction of Maestra Alsop at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. In advance of this session, the BSO Library provided parts and scores to the students for study.

OrchLab is an outgrowth of BSO on the Go, the Orchestra’s education outreach program that has provided more than 12,000 students with classroom instruction and performances from BSO musicians since that program’s start five years ago.

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