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BCPS Summer Instrumental Music Camp

posted May 4, 2015, 7:06 AM by Towson High Music

Just a reminder that the applications for the 2015 Summer Instrumental Music Camp at Perry Hall HS are due to the Music Office by Friday, May 15thRegistration info is attached to this post. 

Marching Band Leadership

posted May 1, 2015, 12:04 PM by Towson High Music

Attention Students in Marching Band: if you are interested in becoming a Marching Band leader (section leader, librarian, drum major, etc.), you must attend the 4 leadership sessions. We will meet every Wednesday in May after school in room 255 from 2:30 – 4:00. The first session is Wednesday May 6th. A schedule and sign up sheet is posted outside of room 253, which is the music office. Please see Mr. Olin if you have any questions.

Side-by-Side Concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

posted Apr 30, 2015, 9:10 AM by Towson High Music

A partnership for more than 12 years, the Baltimore County Side-by-Side concert celebrates the most gifted and talented young musicians from Baltimore County Public Schools.

Click the link for BCPS-TV coverage of this event:

Band Concert New Date

posted Apr 29, 2015, 11:43 AM by Towson High Music

The Towson High School Band Concert originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, 2015 has been rescheduled for Monday, May 18th at 7:00 PM in the school auditorium. 

Band Concert Update

posted Apr 28, 2015, 11:22 AM by Towson High Music

Due to the cancellation of after school and evening activities, the Band Concert, scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th has been postponed. A make up date will be announced in the next few days. 

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

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