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In addition to its commitment to artistic excellence, BMOP has upheld a mission to educate and cultivate a new generation of composers through its commissions, artist residencies, and community outreach. In 2004, BMOP founded the Codman Academy's Hip-Hop Opera Project, which seeks to foster interest among youth for classical music and opera through the integration of hip-hop music. Produced by BMOP along with the help of BMOP's Composer Mentor Lou Bunk, the annual Hip-Hop Opera Project consists of year-round classes and workshops culminating in a performance by the high school students of the Codman Academy Charter Public School (Dorchester, MA).

In the 2010-2011 season, the orchestra joined forces with Bowdoin College, Wellesley College, and Tufts University to present concert series which broaden the exposure of promising young composers and musicians to a collection of important 20th- and 21st-century compositions. BMOP has also been awarded two prestigious Music Alive residencies, which encourages the commissioning and performance of music by living composers.

In addition to its community outreach, BMOP is dedicated to educating its audiences through its unique programming and innovative approach to audience development. Each of BMOP's Jordan Hall concerts offer scholarly pre-concert talks curated by the evening's featured composers, discussing their creative vision and processes behind their music. BMOP's annual Club Concert series offer brand new music in informal settings, showcasing exceptional musicians and curated by members of The Score Board, a group of New England-based composers serving as BMOP's vanguard of composer-advocates.