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.

The Mission of the SBSO Youth Orchestra

The mission of the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra is to provide a rich and rewarding educational experience for students wishing to expand their knowledge of music.

– 2021 & 2022 DATES –

Fall Session

September 19 – November 7
November 14, 2021

Winter Session

January 9 – February 20
February 27, 2022

Spring Session

March 6 – April 24
May 1, 2022

Interested in auditioning?

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

Either email 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
Norm Wika, co-conductor & brass specialist
Ruth Ann Olorunlowo, violin specialist/SBYO administrator
Mary Demand, bass
Mike Curtiss, percussion
Dr. Townes Osborn Miller, woodwind specialist

In partnership with Temple Theatre

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