A National Historic Landmark Est. 1875

A Chautauqua on Lake Michigan

Calendar of Events


All performances, seminars and activities are open to the public. Our 2014 season events have concluded, however here are a few important dates to mark in your calendars for 2015. Additional events will be added to our calendar as they are confirmed. 

Opening Day
April 24, 2015

Assembly Season 2015
June 21 - August 16

Boys' and Girls' Club Session
June 22 - August 14


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2015 Sunday Vespers

Jun 21 - Aug 16, 2015
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

June 21 - The Great Film Composers (celebrating John Williams and more)
Open your summer experience with us as the faculty, and the students, and the community come together for a fantastic night of great music from favorite films and their famous composers.

June 28 - In God We Trust (A Sacred Vespers Experience for All People)
A perennial favorite, this nod to our roots gently links music from the sacred repertoire with the Scriptures in a meditation for all. You'll hear everything from Schubert to Handel to Mozart, all woven together in a seamlessly bound evening celebrating the divine gift of music.

July 5 - Musical Legacies: From Bach to the Jackson 5
Whether it was baroque superstar J.S. Bach or the soulful siblings in the Jackson 5, there have been numerous musical families that have brought memorable hits to generations of concertgoers, wedding guests, and dance parties. This musical triptych  covers over 300 years in a light, fun summer evening.

July 12 -Sci Fi Night: Star Wars and Shining Stars (featuring the winners of the Boyer Competition with 50 piece orchestra!)
Whether the well-known favorites by John Williams or the rousing scores to such movies as Star Trek, you'll love the thrills, chills, and trills in this Pops Orchestra concert. BONUS: You'll hear our featured winners of the concerto and aria competition.

July 19- 100 Years of Music and Memories (Centennial Celebration of John M Hall Auditorium).
As we celebrate the centennial of this historic hall, we continue our celebration of the entire Little Traverse region and this rich cultural landscape in which Bay View has existed for the last hundred years. Come tonight to hear great hits from the popular music of 1915 to 2015 and a world premiere composition commemorating the event.

July 26 - Special Feature: The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Divine Illuminance
We host our neighbor arts organization in a first-of-its-kind event... a guest ensemble on a vesper performance! Featuring our own Kelly Hale and the 100-voice strong festival choir on the Mozart Organ Mass, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for orchestra. 

August 2 - Sentimental Journey: A Tribute to the Greatest Generation
After the tremendous success of last years concert paying respect to the courage and bravery of this generation of women and men, we return to another set of musical hits and memories associated with them and their sacrifice that we continue to live in freedom. You'll hear everything from "I'll Be Seeing You" to hits from the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Aaron Copland.

August 9 - The Faces of Broadway (from Phantom to Wicked)
With Friday night as an appetizer, the main course occurs on Sunday, August 2 when we present music from some of the greatest musicals ever written, both from yesterday's songbook and today's. The evening will be jam-packed with songs you know from Tony-award winning musicals that have rocked the Great White Way and the world touring stage for decades. An annual tradition at Bay View.

August 16 - Beatles and Beethoven (Talkin' 'bout a Revolution!)
Copy: The final official concert of the summer will take a different shape this year. The same great faculty artists in their final performances this year will perform the music of John, Paul, George, Ringo, Ludwig, in an hour-long explosion of talent on as we wrap up the 100th year of John M. Hall Auditorium. Tonight's repertoire who were revolutionary genre-busters in their music, as well as timeless in their reach. Come celebrate the end of summer in a magical musical tour from the 19 century to today.



The Legacy of Jenny Lind

Jun 25 - 26, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: Voorhies Hall

A World Premiere featuring Kelly Hale and Risa Renae Harman

A brand new, two-person play about the American tour of the most famous singer in the mid-19th century world. Harman stars as Ms. Lind and Hale, as author, pianist, and musician extraordinaire, accompanies and takes on multiple characters in her life.

Bay View's BIG Read

Jul 1, 2015
Time: 07:30 PM
Location: Voorhies Hall

Bay View’s Big Read - Chautauqua Guest Author Lecture/Reading

July 1 at 7 p.m. Voorhies Hall

Best selling author, Daniel James Brown, will be discussing his book Boys in the Boat (current and long time New York Times Best-Seller in Non-fiction).


Jul 4, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

The region's best patriotic blow-out, featuring a night of patriotic themes, stirring melodies and student artists. These college students studying at Bay View are the next wave of talent you'll see at Carnegie Hall and the great stages of the world. Hear them perform your favorite patriotic songs, military service songs, and works by distinctly American composers, all finished well in advance of the fireworks display.

The Rascals

Jul 11, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

See Felix Cavaliere’s The Rascals on stage for the 100 year celebration of John M. Hall Auditorium!  Hear hits such as Good Lovin’, The Midnight Hour, Groovin’ and more!

Proceeds to benefit Bay View music scholarships and the First Tee of Northern Michigan.

TICKETS: 888-596-1027 or ONLINE

Bay View Cottage Walk 2015

Jul 14, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM To 04:00 PM

Presented by the Bay View Woman’s Council and The Morning Council

Explore beautiful, historic Bay View!  Our walking tour features nine private cottages and four campus buildings.  Musical and dramatic performances throughout the day.

Advance Ticket Sales

Parking:  Free guest parking at Petoskey High School.  Free shuttle to and from Bay View.  No guest parking in Bay View.


The Second City Hits Home

Jul 18, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

(A Comedic Evening of Laughter Based on Regional Quirks & Quips)

Chicago's world famous sketch comedy nearly sold out last time it was here, so we're bringing it back five years later with a twist... we've asked the comedians to put together a night of improvisational sketch material in which we spoon-feed them material about Petoskey, Little Traverse Bay, Bay View, and this place called "Up North."

Youth Theatre presents "Peter Pan"

Jul 18 - 19, 2015
Location: Voorhies Hall

The classic children's tale comes to life in Voorhies Hall for 4 performances designed for the whole family to enjoy. Special vouchers will be issued for seating, so please check the box office for availability. 

Shows at 2pm and 4pm in Voorhies Hall

Musical: Ragtime

Jul 23 - 25, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

This award-winning show garnered all kinds of recognition and it's time on Broadway. Packed with memorable songs, singable melodies, touching ballads, effervescent production numbers with the whole company, the storyline is oddly similar to the social issues we feel today.

TICKETS: 888-596-1027 or bayviewfestival.org

“Ragtime” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel.:(212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

The Soul of the 70's

Aug 1, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

Featuring Jerome Collins & Mike Luginbill of Straight No Chaser

Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, Elton John, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Marvin Gaye... a veritable who's who of the 1970's rock, soul, R&B, all performed by two rising stars in the vocal band Straight No Chaser, a six-piece band, and backup vocalists in the world premiere of a new show. Bring the kids or leave them at home...either way you'll experience the heart and soul of this turbulent decade.