Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra


2014-15 to be Brett Mitchell's fifth and final season with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra

The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra's music director Brett Mitchell has released the following statement:


Several months ago, after much thought and careful deliberation, I informed our Board of Directors that the 2014-15 season would be my last as Music Director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. With my increasingly busy schedule as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and a growing list of guest conducting engagements, the time is right for me to move on to new opportunities, and for our audience to experience the fresh perspective of new artistic leadership.

The accomplishments we've achieved over our five seasons together will forever remain an immense source of pride for me:

  • Three dozen performances, including 19 classical subscription concerts, six Young People's Concerts, and our first-ever side-by-side performance with the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra
  • Record attendance, including the first sell-out in our nearly 80-year history
  • Collaborations with the Saginaw Choral Society, Midland Chorale, SVSU Cardinal Singers, Pit and Balcony Theatre, and over a dozen internationally renowned guest artists
  • Two world premiere multimedia projects with Saginaw artist Kellie Schneider
  • Performances of new works by 15 contemporary American composers
  • The founding of a new chamber orchestra series in Bay City

I am grateful to our board, staff, musicians, audience, and indeed our entire community for welcoming me with open arms over these five seasons. The opportunity to serve as Music Director of the SBSO has been an honor and a privilege. I look forward to celebrating a fantastic final season together, and to following the progress of this extraordinary orchestra for decades to come.


Dan McGee, SBSO Executive Director, stated "Brett's shoes will be tough to fill, and his legacy as one of the most influential people in the symphony's history is secure. Especially difficult to replace will be his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the music he selects, conveyed through his uniquely engaging and entertaining style."

Floyd Kloc, Chairman of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Association Board commented, "We will miss Brett.  We feel very fortunate to have had Brett be a part of the SBSO.  He has taken our orchestra to new musical heights and the patrons and the community have enjoyed the journey.  We knew when we hired Brett that he was on his way to bigger things; we are very happy with the way the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra has grown under his direction over the past several years.  As we move forward, we will continue to search for someone to direct the orchestra that will complement where we have been and continue to move us forward."

The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra shares a long history of providing classical music to the Great Lakes Bay Region. The start of the 2014-2015 season will mark the Orchestra's 79th year.


Single ticket purchases are now available for all concerts!

For tickets, call 989.754.SHOW.


2013-14 Season: Great Measures

  • 10/26/13: A Toast to Vienna
  • 12/10/13: A Tale of Two Nutcrackers
  • 2/15/14: Love is in the Air
  • 3/22/14: The Final Frontier
  • 4/05/14: SBSO & SBYO Side-By-Side Concert*
  • 4/26/14: Spring Landscapes

 * Not part of subscription series


Since 1935, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra has brought the people of the Great Lakes Bay Region together to experience great classical music. In our 78th season, we continue our mission to advance the appreciation of orchestral music to our diverse audiences through high quality performances and innovative educational programs.

The present-day Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) was created as a project of the Saginaw Department of Parks and Recreation and has performed an annual concert series ever since. It was incorporated as a separate non-profit corporation, the Saginaw Symphony Association, in 1953.

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 Music Director Brett Mitchell, 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.