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BSYO Auditions

posted Apr 15, 2015, 5:35 AM by Towson High Music

Audition registration for the BSYO 2015-2016 season is in full swing! It is not too late to register. However, as of May 1st, the application fee will increase. If you have students planning to audition that have not yet registered, please encourage them to do so sooner than later.


Audition information is available online at Click on the “Auditions” tab for dates, requirements, and excerpts.  Students wishing to audition should complete the online application.


Also, I would like to invite you and any of your students interested in auditioning with us to stop by and visit one of our Sunday rehearsals to see and hear our orchestras in action. If interested, email me and we can arrange a time.


Thank you for sharing this wonderful opportunity with your students. Should you or your students have any questions, please feel free to email me at



Alicia Kosack

BSYO Operations Manager

Towson University Band Concert - May 6, 8:15 PM

posted Apr 14, 2015, 6:41 AM by Towson High Music

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Towson University Symphonic Band’s Spring Concert. The concert will be held on May 6, 2015 at 8:15 pm in Kaplan Hall at Towson University’s Center for the Arts.  This concert is the final concert for Director of Bands Dana Rothlisberger, who will retire at the end of the semester after 32 years at Towson University.  At the concert, he will be honored to receive the Maryland Music Educators Association Hall of Fame award.

Dr. Luis Engelke, Towson University Professor of Trumpet, is the soloist for Joseph Turrin’s The Sounding of the Call.  Towson University’s Department of Music was a member of the consortium of twelve universities and the International Trumpet Guild that commissioned Joseph Turrin to compose The Sounding of the Call for the 2012 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. 

The evening’s program will feature two student soloists.  Elizabeth Dumm, a freshman music education major, will perform the third movement of Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band. Ross McCool, a senior music trumpet performance major, will perform Donald Hunsberger’s arrangement of J.B. Arban’s Le Carnaval de Venise.

Brian Balmages, a good friend of the Towson University Symphonic Band, will be the guest conductor for the evening.  He will conduct his composition Evocatio, written in 2014.

The concert’s concluding selection, Phantasticke Spirites by Donald Grantham, is a set of six Elizabethan madrigals from England’s late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. This piece retains the original music’s character, but employs Grantham’s unique musical viewpoint.

We sincerely hope that you and your students will be able to attend this extraordinary night of music at Towson University. If you have any questions, please contact us.  Tickets are available at:



Dr. Dana Rothlisberger

Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education


Towson High Students perform with Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras

posted Feb 27, 2015, 5:16 AM by Towson High Music

The BSYO will be performing our second concert of the season in just another week. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our many talented BSYO members, and we would like to offer you a complimentary ticket to this event.


The performance will take place on Sunday, March 8th, at 3:00 pm, at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology (938 York Road, Towson, MD, 21204).


The program will feature all three outstanding ensembles of the BSYO:


Youth Orchestra – Ken Lam, conductor

Selections by Sibelius and Mahler

Featuring BSYO YO Concerto Competition winner Kenneth Yoon, violin


Concert Orchestra – MaryAnn Poling, conductor

Selections by Borodin, Copland and Beethoven


String Orchestra – Nana Vaughn, conductor

Selections by Seitz and Bartók

Featuring BSYO SO Concerto Competition winner Kyle Shuler, violin


Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the BSO ticket office at 410-783-8000.


I am also including a link to the flyer for this performance to share with your students: CLICK HERE!


We hope to see you at the concert!

Solo and Ensemble Times and Information

posted Feb 18, 2015, 8:45 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 5:29 PM ]


Please note, every effort was made to accommodate schedule requests and to place students with multiple performances with in close proximity of each other, however, in some cases (due to the complexity of some of the accompanist schedules) it was not possible to honor some requests.  Additionally, due to the limited time we have to prepare the materials for this event, change requests will not be honored.

I have attached a time cover sheet for you to copy and distribute to students that includes performance information, directions to Dumbarton Middle School, and tips to help make their performance a positive experience. 

Finally, teachers are reminded (and please share with your students) of the following:

Scales for the graded performance (does not apply to ensembles or vocal events)

All soloists are required to perform a major scale and a chromatic scale as part of the graded performance (ensemble members will not be required to play scales). Students performing grade level 1 through grade level 3 solos will be responsible for scales up through 2 flats and 2 sharps – one octave only. Judges will allow the student to choose the rhythm and to elect to perform the scales before or after the solo. A one octave chromatic scale will also be required.

Students performing grade level 4 through grade level 6 solos will be responsible for scales up through 4 flats and 4 sharps – one octave except flutes, clarinets and violins, who will do two octaves. The chromatic scale will also be required; again one octave except for flutes, clarinets and violins, who will do the scale two octaves. Judges will allow the student to choose the rhythm and to elect to perform the scales before or after the solo.

Percussion Instruments Available in the Percussion Room

  • Timpani
  • Snare Drum
  • Concert Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone
  • Bells 
  • Items not listed will have to be the supplied by the individual schools/student performer(s).

Music for Judges

Judges must be provided with an original copy of the music to be performed with the measures numbered.  An illegal copy given to the judge will result in the overall rating being lowered one grade.  If the judge is not provided with any reference music, the performance will be for comments only. 

State Festival Requirements

Only students who have earned a rating of “I” on a Grade II – VI selection at the Baltimore County Solo & Ensemble Festival may apply for the State Festival. 

Thanks in advance for your assistance and best wishes to all participants.

Lebanon Valley College, Summer Music Camp Information

posted Feb 9, 2015, 6:59 AM by Towson High Music

Lebanon Valley College will host its 29th Annual Summer Music Camp from July 5–10, 2015. The Summer Music Camp enables junior high and high school students to explore a variety of musical ensembles and classes in a fun, exciting environment taught by distinguished Lebanon Valley College faculty. While the deadline for registration and fees is May 15, early registration is recommended, as space is limited. To register, visit

Students can customize their camp experience to suit their own goals and interests by selecting a primary and secondary concentration, electives, and private lessons. Both a Junior High School Day Camp (grades six through eight) and Senior High School Camp (grades nine through twelve) are offered, with the Senior High School Camp offering commuter or residential options.

Camp fees are:

  • Junior High Day Camp: $295
  • Senior High Camp
    •  Resident Campers: $595
    •  Commuter Campers: $395

Private lessons cost $25 per half-hour lesson and the optional evening at Hersheypark costs an additional $35, which includes transportation and ticket.

Please visit for additional information about the Summer Music Camp and its programs. You can also contact Cherie Van Zant, assistant to the chair of the Music Department, at 717-867-6383 or

Towson/Patapsco High School Students perform Vivaldi's 'Gloria'

posted Feb 6, 2015, 10:55 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 7:00 AM ]

You are cordially invited to the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts annual Major Works Concert to be held on Tuesday, February 10 at Patapsco High School/CFA and Wednesday, February 11 at First and St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Towson. Both concerts will begin at 7:00 pm. This year’s concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria presented by the combined choirs of Patapsco HS/CFA and Towson High School. The choirs will join forces with the orchestra comprised of BCPS music teachers, alumnae and current students. Patapsco’s Wind Ensemble will perform Robert W. Smith’s The Divine Comedy.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this special event!
Major Works Concert
Presented by
Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
With the
Towson High School
Antonio Vivaldi
Divine Comedy
Robert W. Smith
Mikayla Joseph, Kayla Wittman, Eva Hill,
Nicole Okundaye, Kiana Cobb
Michael Britt, Organist
String Orchestra with BCPS Music Teachers, Alumnae and Students

February 10, 2015 at 7: 00 PM
Patapsco High School/CFA
February 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
First and St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ
~Tickets are $5 at the door~
Jeffery S. Beyers
Vocal Music Teacher
Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
8100 Wise Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland, 21222
Phone: 410-887-7068
Twitter: @patapscovocal
"Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold."
~Ludwig van Beethoven~

BCPS Side-by-Side Audition Results

posted Feb 6, 2015, 7:20 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 12:14 PM ]

The following THS students were accepted into the BCPS Side-by-Side Orchestra. They will perform with the side-by-side with the Baltimore Symphony on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. Congratulations!!! 

Naomi Element, violin
Rey Sasaki, violin
Rose Alon, viola
Yuzhu Shi, flute
Leo Sarbanes, oboe
Anne Saba, oboe
Sylvie Hullinger, clarinet
Luke Powers, trumpet

- Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol 
- Tchaikovsky March Slave
- Brahms Symphony No. 2 – Mvt. 4 

3rd Annual UMD Clarinet Day, March 29

posted Feb 5, 2015, 9:13 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 9:14 AM ]

See attached picture flyer.

Towson High Students to Perform at the Kennedy Center, Feb 6

posted Jan 30, 2015, 6:58 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 12:14 PM ]

The following Towson HS students are participating in a performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as a member of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra on Friday, February 6th.

This is a unique opportunity and honor for a select number of our BSYO members to participate in a collaborative performance along with OrchKids and special guest artist Chi-chi Nwanoku.

We would like to invite you to tune in to the performance and support all of these talented students. In addition to having a live audience, the Kennedy Center will stream this performance live on their website starting at 6:00 pm, and it will be archived for future viewing. The performance can be watched at


Daniel Zipin, flute

Daniel Schuck, clarinet

Andrew Schuck, horn

Christina Tancredi, viola

Sophia Amberger, violin

Olivia Goodrich, violin

Shepherd University's Spring Music Visitation Day

posted Jan 30, 2015, 6:57 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 12:02 PM ]

Greetings from Shepherd University!

I hope your school year has been going well.

We would like to invite your students to Shepherd University's Spring Music Visitation Day on Monday, February 16, 2015, open to all high school juniors and seniors who are considering pursuing a degree in music at Shepherd University. On this day they will attend classes, meet the music faculty and current students, visit with representatives from the Admissions Office, hear ensemble rehearsals and performances, have lunch on us in the Dining Hall and take a guided campus tour. It will be an opportunity for them to live a "day in the life" of a Shepherd University music student and learn about the audition and application process. Interested parents are also welcome to attend Visitation Day.

Shepherd University offers three degrees: a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Performance, a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music with concentrations in Composition, Music Theater, and  Piano Pedagogy. Shepherd University Department of Music has a mission to challenge its students to reach their potential by providing extraordinary experiences. Music majors have myriad performance opportunities, including four choirs, wind ensemble, wind symphony, orchestra, chamber groups, two jazz bands, an opera every fall, musical theater every spring, and the best small-school marching band in the country. Shepherd Music students have the opportunity to study with the region's most experienced performers and educators. Master classes are regularly offered with nationally acclaimed guest artists while touring the region.

As a result of the high quality ensembles, Shepherd's students are invited to perform at a number of exciting venues. Invitations have been accepted from Giant's Stadium, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, in cathedrals around the world, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York. The Jazz Ensemble and members of the vocal ensembles toured England in 2007, and the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir toured Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in May 2009 and Spain in 2011. The Wind Ensemble and Chorus most recently traveled to Paris, the C�te d'Azur and Monte Carlo in May 2013, and plans are underway for travel to Northern Italy in May of 2015 for the Alba Music Festival.

Attached is a flyer with the schedule and registration form. Please fell free to make copies, post and distribute to interested students. This information is also available on our website at

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for passing this information along to your students!

Esperanza Alzona

Operations Manager
Shepherd University Department of Music

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