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


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.



Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

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

See Felix Cavaliere’s 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.


This Is Your Life John M. Hall Auditorium

Jul 17, 2015
Time: 07:30 PM

 “This Is Your Life John M. Hall Auditorium” is a special presentation in honor of the 100 year anniversary of John M. Hall Auditorium. 

PHOTO: Plaster crew inside John M. Hall Auditorium adding the finishing touches. Bay View Archives

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

Fundraising Event with world famous mountain climber, Lou Kasischke

Jul 30, 2015

Come to the Petoskey/Bay View Country Club on Thursday, July 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 for a memorable evening with world famous mountain climber, Lou Kasischke. Lou was a part of the infamous Mt. Everest climb in 1992, chronicled in John Krakauer's bestseller Into Thin Air that ended in disaster for nearly everyone but Lou. With less than a couple hundred feet from the summit, Lou decided to turn back as the winds and weather intensified; everyone else went on and paid the price with their lives.

Lou will tell the story of the five minutes that saved his life and the love that enabled him to make the decision he did. His story is so compelling that Lloyd Carr had Lou tell it in the locker room before the Wolverines took the field in the 1997 Rose Bowl game, when they won the national championship!

Lou will have his new book available that night for purchase and signing - After the Wind. Tickets are $30 per person and 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to support Bay View Education.

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.

Tenor Franc D'Ambrosio Sings Broadway's Best

Aug 7, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM

Thursday, August 6 at 10 a.m.

Free Public  Master class  with Tenor Franc  D'Ambrosio  
(Crouse Visiting Artist Series) in Hall Auditorium.  Free Admission thanks to Crouse Visiting Artist Fund. 


You've seen him in a free master class (Thur. Aug. 6 at 3 p.m.), now come hear an entire evening of a Broadway hit parade in music from Kander and Ebb, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Our first event of its kind in years, get your seats early to see a legend. (Crouse Visiting Artist Series)