SBSO & Our Youth

The Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra

SBSO Youth Orchestra

The Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra is the Great Lakes Bay Region's only community youth orchestra serving the Region and the Thumb. It is geared toward advanced middle & high school aged string players and high school wind, brass, and percussion players. It has members from Vassar to Mount Pleasant, from Unionville to Frankenmuth, and everywhere between! Rehearsals are on Sundays from 2-5 pm at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw.

Membership in the SBYO is decided through an audition process and is open to all enthusiastic and hard-working young musicians throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. SBYO follows the orchestral practice of auditioning for chairs that are open.

SBYO reserves the right to hold seating hearings at the beginning of each session in order to seat students appropriately within the section. The prescribed scale(s) and selected excerpt(s) are distributed at least one week prior to the hearing. When seating hearings are scheduled, all students are required to play privately for a 2-to-3-member committee; non-adherence to this policy may be terms for dismissal.

Audition for concertmaster (violin) is held in the fall of each season. Selected excerpts are distributed via email on the Monday prior to the audition. Students may be asked to play a short solo of their choosing. This blind audition is heard by the conductor(s) and available string specialists.

2018-19 Dates

Fall Session

September 16 - November 4
CONCERT: November 11


Winter Session

January 6 - February 24
CONCERT: March 3


Spring Session

March 10 - April 14 & April 28

Concerts are held at 3pm at the Temple Theatre, unless otherwise noted above.

Interested in auditioning?

SBYO is looking for all strings as well as flutes, clarinets, French horns and trombones.

Either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the SBSO Office at 989-755-6471.

Audition Guidelines

Audition Excerpts

SBYO Handbook

SBYO Intern

We're looking for an intern to join us!

Intern Responsibilities


SBYO Specialists

Don Belcher, brass specialist/librarian/SBYO manager
Roderick Bieber, conductor and violin
Ruth Ann Robinson, violin specialist/SBYO administrator
Anna Mamassian, cello
Mary Demand, bass
Mike Curtiss, percussion
Dick Jensen, arranger
Dr. Townes Osborn Miller, woodwind specialist

In partnership with the Temple Theatre


Click below to pay DEPOSIT - $25.

Click below to pay BALANCE - $155.

Click below to pay FULL TUITION - $180.


Click the link above to register.


Click the link above to apply for tuition assistance.