Why we need your support

OrchKids is funded entirely outside of the BSO’s operating budget. This means our students and our program truly rely on the generosity of donors, like you! Please consider making a gift that will help our OrchKids thrive!

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All donations to OrchKids are fully tax-deductible within the limits established by the Internal Revenue code.


In early 2016, OrchKids was awarded a generous 5-year, $500,000 challenge grant from the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation. The terms of the grant stipulate that the BSO and OrchKids must raise $100,000 annually through December 2020 from Baltimore’s African-American community; all dollars are matched by the Brown Family Foundation with the goal to raise $1,000,000 to support OrchKids. If you would like to be a part of this amazing challenge, please click below.

Donate to the Brown Family Challenge

Dorrie’s Dream Fund

Dorothy Zenilman loved music and volunteered much of her time escorting school age children to opera performances and concerts in New York City. She visited her family in Baltimore often, and was a great fan of Maestra Marin Alsop. In her younger years, Dorrie also cherished her summers away at camp, in Maine. To honor her memory and incorporate all of the things Dorrie loved, Jonathan (Dorrie’s son) and Carol Zenilman have created a special fund that helps send OrchKids students to the prestigious summer music program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan. If you would like to be a part of making an OrchKids’ dream come true, please click below.

Donate to Dorrie’s Dream Fund

Ways to give

In Honor Or In Memory Gifts

OrchKids creates customized contribution cards (memorial, birthday, anniversary, etc.) to acknowledge special occasions. Cards include the names of both the recipient and the donor. A minimum donation of $10.00 is requested for a gift of this type.

Information for Stock Transfer Gifts

Please call the BSO Members Office at 410.783.8124 and we will get you our up-to-date stock transfer information 

In-Kind Gifts

In-kind gifts can include everything from musical instruments to donated services (e.g., printing, photography, etc.) to items for use by our OrchKids students (school supplies, arts and crafts supplies, etc.). Please contact OrchKids at orchkids@bsomusic.org with any questions. All donations to OrchKids are fully tax-deductible within the limits established by the Internal Revenue code.

can help purchase one day of snacks for children in our after-school program

can help host a community reception for students, parents, teachers to learn about OrchKids

can help pay for new OrchKids T-shirts, worn during performances

can support the costs of one student to attend our in-school program for a year

can support the costs of one OrchKid student to attend our summer program

can pay for one year of private music lessons to help enhance learning and promote better social skills OR can support the costs of an OrchKids community performance (including transportation to and from a venue, food and drinks, etc.)

can support the costs of one student to attend our after-school program for a year

can pay for a week-long OrchKids workshop at a school with no existing arts program

can support costs of providing academic tutoring and homework assistance to OrchKids in our after-school program

We thank you for your support!

For questions or additional information on how to help our OrchKids grow,
please contact April Dodge in our Development office at
410-783-8061 or email: adodge@bsomusic.org

Founding Donors

Robert Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker

Thank you for your continued generous support of the OrchKids Program!