“The mission of Saginaw Choral Society is to provide meaningful and creative musical experiences that reflect the talent of our singers and the diversity of our audience.”
Entering its 81st concert season, Saginaw Choral Society originated in 1935 with a grant from the C.K. Eddy Family Fund. SCS obtained its 501(c)(3) IRS tax designation in 1980 and filed Articles of Incorporation with the State of Michigan in 1986.
With offices in the beautiful Temple Theatre Complex of the Shaheen Performing Arts Center, Saginaw Choral Society provides audiences in the Great Lakes Bay Region with performances ranging from classical masterworks to popular favorites. Subscriptions consist of three to four concert hall and several small stage events. Each season a December holiday concert is featured. The annual Member Showcase and SCS’ resident men’s sextet, Ah Tempo! concerts round out each season with more intimate options.
Saginaw Choral Society has enjoyed the conducting leadership of seventeen directors since its inception.The 81st season is under the baton of Music Director Jeremiah Kraniak,a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University’s Department of Music and currently enrolled as a Graduate Assistant in Choral Conducting under the mentorship of Dr. Nina Nash Robertson at Central Michigan University.
The chorus consists of 85 volunteer singers. Members from all walks of life representing counties throughout the Great Lakes Bay region rehearse Monday evenings from September through May at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saginaw. Concerts are held in the magnificent Temple Theatre in Saginaw as well as in smaller venues in region: First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Castle Museum of Saginaw County, and the State Theatre in Bay City.
Singers are selected by audition; audition forms can be downloaded from this website or obtained by contacting the SCS office at 989-753-1812.
Over its long history, the award-winning Saginaw Choral Society has performed with nationally renowned artists, including the Boys Choir of Harlem, jazz great Dave Brubeck and popular favorites Doc Severinson, Judy Collins, Michael Feinstein, The Canadian Brass, as well as countless local artists and professional musicians. Major works performed with orchestra include Carmina Burana with Dr.Jerry Blackstone on the podium, Verdi’s Requiem with Robert Page directing and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the late William Warfield as soloist.
SCS enjoys frequent collaborations with musical colleagues and regional high school choirs. Joint endeavors have included reciprocal exchanges with Michigan’s Holland Chorale and Midland Music Society Chorale, and hosting choruses from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and choirs from Midland and Heritage High, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy and White Pine Middle School.
Through the philanthropic generosity of a community couple, a scholarship for summer vocal study has been instituted in perpetuity through an endowment fund at the University of Michigan School of Music, named after former Artistic Director, Glen Thomas Rideout. Other scholarships include the Joanne Robertson Memorial Scholarship, administered through Saginaw Community Foundation, created to perpetuate the memory of Joanne’s devotion to helping others and her love of music.