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The OrchKids program was founded in 2008 with seed funding from Marin Alsop and Founding Donors Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff with 30 students at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School in West Baltimore. The program has “blossomed” to now include six public schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,200 children from Pre-K through 11th grade.  (Above) OrchKids students performing with Wynton Marsalis and Marin Alsop at the 2017 BSO Gala.

The OrchKids program was founded in 2008 with seed funding from Marin Alsop and Founding Donors Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff with 30 students at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School in West Baltimore. The program has “blossomed” to now include six public schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,200 children from Pre-K through 11th grade. (Above) OrchKids students performing with Wynton Marsalis and Marin Alsop at the 2017 BSO Gala.

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In collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools and several community partners, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts in Baltimore City.