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.

2018-19 Open Rehearsals

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
James Burton, conductor

Maija EINFELDE Lux aeterna, for unaccompanied chorus
MAHLER Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Please join us for a pre-rehearsal talk with James Burton, BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, moderated by Robert Kirzinger at 9:30 am.

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9


Thursday, April 11, 2019
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Sergio Tiempo, piano
Aquiles Machado, tenor
Gustavo Castillo, baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus,
James Burton, conductor

Paul DESENNE El Caimán
GINASTERA Piano Concerto No. 1
ESTÉVEZ Cantata Criolla

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 special guest from the BSO.

Tickets are $10 each.

To purchase, 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.