Mission and Vision

...And More!

Our Mission

Creating magical and memorable experiences through the power of symphonic music.

Our Vision

Extraordinary Music Experiences that Inspire.

About the SBSO

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 providing quality musicianship, innovative programming, and excellent educational experiences for the residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Our History

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.

Did you know?

Musicians are selected by stringent peer review/audition process by principal players and the Music Director.

The music selections for each season are chosen by the Music Director, in consultation with the musicians, the audience, and the Board of Directors to combine and contrast challenging signature orchestral works with the best contemporary compositions. World premieres by regional composers have been featured most seasons.

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