HISTORY OF THE SBSO
The SBSO was created as a project of the Saginaw Department of Parks and Recreation in 1935 and has performed an annual concert series ever since. It was incorporated as a separate nonprofit corporation in 1953. At this time it also became one of the 50 orchestras who were named charter members of the American Symphony Orchestra League.
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The Orchestra is a fully-professional ensemble which draws its members from throughout Michigan. In addition to its classical concerts, the Orchestra has produced a wide variety of chamber, pops, educational and historical concerts, as well as opera, ballet and modern dance. Nearly 5,000 community performers, over half of whom are children, have shared the stage with the Orchestra in performances over the years.
The SBSO has established a proud legacy of superb musicianship, innovative programs and comprehensive educational experiences for the residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble which draws its members from throughout Michigan. Musicians are selected by stringent peer review/audition process by principal players and the Music Director.
The music selections for each season, chosen by the Music Director, in consultation with the musicians, the audience, and the Board of Directors, combine and contrast challenging signature orchestral works with the best contemporary compositions. World premiers by regional composers have been featured most seasons.
The SBSO has established a proud legacy of providing quality musicianship, innovative programming and excellent educational experiences to the people of Mid-Michigan.