The Orchestra Today
The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra is one of more than 30 active mandolin orchestras in the United States today. The classical mandolin is currently enjoying a renaissance in our country, and the BMO is proudly riding that wave of popularity.
The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, 2012. (Photo by James Ferry Photography)
The aim of the original BMO, as stated in the program for one of its first concerts back in 1925, was "to play the best Mandolin Music and further the cause of fretted instruments." We strive to uphold that goal to this day.
The BMO's membership currently hovers around 35 players. We are primarily amateur musicians who have a deep affection for the mandolin and its music.
The BMO performs around 15 concerts per season (between September and May) in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and south-central Pennsylvania area.
Kristin Turner, Music Director of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra