BSO High School Open Rehearsals

High School Open RehearsalThe BSO's High School Open Rehearsals program offers students in grades 8-12 an opportunity to observe first-hand the rehearsal experience of a professional orchestra, building their relationship with and ownership of the BSO and orchestral music, and leaving the experience with a greater understanding of the professional rehearsal process.
High School Open Rehearsals include an opportunity for students to hear and view the conductor from the point of view of the orchestra through a special on-stage screen.

The day begins at 9:30am with a discussion about the music to be performed by a BSO musician. Speakers for the season's pre-rehearsal talks will be listed in the Fall.

This program involves a working rehearsal, and is thus highly recommended for students who have an appreciation and understanding of performance settings. Due to the nature of the opportunity, it is imperative that students are prepared to engage as observers in an attentive and respectful manner. 

Please note: while High School Open Rehearsals are scheduled from 10:30am-1pm, the length of the rehearsal is at the conductor's discretion and may end before 1pm; rehearsed repertoire may not include all pieces listed for the rehearsal date. We ask that all high school groups include an adequate number of chaperones to ensure appropriate group conduct throughout the program experience.

2017-18 High School Open Rehearsals

High School Open Rehearsals are appropriate for school groups grades 8-12. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Ken-David Masur, conductor
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor
Bill Barclay, stage director
Cristina Todesco, set designer
Kathleen Doyle, costume designer
BEETHOVEN Incidental music to Egmont
GRIEG Incidental music to Peer Gynt
Pre-rehearsal talk with Bill Barclay, led by Robert Kirzinger.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor
Children's Chorus
MAHLER Symphony No. 3
Pre-rehearsal talk with Andris Nelsons, led by BSO Collegiate Ambassadors.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
John ADAMS Scheherazade.2, for violin and orchestra
Pre-rehearsal talk with Elita Kang, led by Robert Kirzinger.

All rehearsals begin at 10:30am.
Schools are invited to arrive at 9:30am for a 30 minute pre-rehearsal talk from stage with a BSO Musician (optional).

Tickets are $10.  Call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200, or purchase at the Symphony Hall Box Office (for orders under 25 tickets).  A $1.50 handling fee per transaction applies.  >For group orders for more than 25 tickets, please call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200.  A 20% deposit is required.  One complimentary ticket is offered for every 20 tickets purchased (limit 6).

Students and teachers from the Boston Public Schools are invited to attend any performance listed above for free, subject to availability and with advance reservation. Reservations must be made through SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200.  For more information about BPS tickets and to make BPS reservations, email