The Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra

SBSO & Our Youth

The Great Lakes Bay Region's only community 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.

The SBYO 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 in 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.

– 2021 & 2022 DATES –

Fall Session

September 19 – November 7
CONCERT DATE:
November 14, 2021

 

Winter Session

January 9 – February 20
CONCERT DATE:
February 27, 2022

 

Spring Session

March 6 – April 24
CONCERT DATE:
May 1, 2022

Interested in auditioning?

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

Either email SBYOactivities@gmail.com 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
Application

SBYO Specialists

Don Belcher, brass specialist/librarian/SBYO manager
Roderick Bieber, conductor and violin
Ruth Ann Robinson, violin specialist/SBYO administrator
Mary Demand, bass
Mike Curtiss, percussion
Dr. Townes Osborn Miller, woodwind specialist
Nathan Bieber, assistant conductor
Tetyana Clarke, cello specialist

In partnership with Temple Theatre
Tuition

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