Taking center stage for its 79th
concert season, Saginaw Choral Society continues to entertain, educate and excite audiences with classical, contemporary and popular choral concerts.Saginaw Choral Society originated in 1935 with a grant from the C.K. Eddy Family Fund and has progressively grown to a chorus of over 80 active members whose passion is choral performance. Under the leadership of its charismatic Artistic Director, Glen Thomas Rideout, the ensemble continues to maintain its position as one of Michigan’s most respected and accomplished choral organizations. Housed in Saginaw's historic Temple Theatre, the award-winning chorus has welcomed a host of the world's greatest artists to its stage, including:
| Dave Brubeck || The Boys Choir of Harlem || Rosemary Clooney || Tony Bennett || Andy Williams |
| Mel Torme || The Canadian Brass || Doc Severinson || Kathy Mattea || William Warfield |
The Choral Society is proud to welcome world-class conductors as guest artists. Their 60th anniversary season featured nationally-renowned conductor Dr. Robert Page
for a monumental performance of Verdi's Requiem
. In their 70th season, the Saginaw Choral Society welcomed Midland Music Society Chorale and joined voices for exciting performances of Carl Orff’s thrilling Carmina Burana
, led by the University of Michigan's Dr. Jerry Blackstone
. The late, Detroit-born conductor Brazeal Dennard
, among the nation's greatest pioneers of early African- American music, has also led the choral society in concert.
SCS believes that artistic collaboration is a vital element of the musical experience. Recent collaborations include:
Saginaw Choral Society promotes choral education in schools through workshops, mentoring, and guest appearances onstage. Artistic Director Glen Thomas Rideout also makes guest appearances at high schools in the region. The Choral Society annually awards the Joanne Robertson Memorial Scholarship to a graduating Saginaw County high school senior majoring in music at a college/university, and the Glen Thomas Rideout Scholarship for MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institute at the University of Michigan.