The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra isn’t letting a pandemic get in the way of bringing unique musical experiences to students.

During a typical year, the BSO hosts over 25,000 students at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for educational programming connected to their curriculum. COVID, of course, paused those in-person experiences. But just before Thanksgiving, they launched Midweek Concerts: BGE Broadcasts. The new series, designed with elementary school aged students in mind, streams the BSO’s beloved field trips directly into students’ homes and provides supplementary educational materials and activities to parents and teachers.  

Best part? It’s free!

The four part series investigates different sections of the orchestra and includes introductions from the conductors and composer.  Each program includes an Early Listener’s Guide, which provides a snapshot of the concert experience as well as a variety of activities to explore in conjunction with the concert. Guide were created with guidance from Maryland educators who specialize in Music, Drama, Science, English/Language Arts, and Visual Arts and led by award-winning curriculum writer and editor, Richard McCready. Each activity in the guideaims to encourage students’ natural sense of creativity and exploration and include a mix of areas including science, movement, art, storytelling, and role-play.

The first episode, entitled Strings, is now online via BSO OffStage. Access is free, simply visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage, to create a login. New episodes and guides will be launched in December (Brass), February (percussion) and April (woodwinds).