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Saskatchewan Music Festival Association

Competitive Festivals

The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (established in 1908) is committed to promoting excellence in music and speech arts by providing performance and educational opportunities through competitive music festivals in the Province of Saskatchewan. In addition to the production of 47 district music festivals, SMFA provides a provincial Syllabus, entrance to the annual Provincial Competitions, Concerto Competition and Opera Competition, as well as the National Level of Music Festival competition. Member festivals are organized by local volunteers and judged by qualified professional musicians.


Areas of competition for musicians include: voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, pipe and electronic organ, choir/school music including special education, multicultural, speech arts (individual verse and speech therapy classes, storytelling), small ensembles, as well as band and orchestral classes. Entrance to SMFA festivals is accessible to all ages, all ethnic groups and people of all religions across the province. Participants may enter any classes for “adjudication only” and forego marks and scholarships. SMFA hires over 170 qualified professional musicians to serve as adjudicators each year.

SMFA Conference and AGM        

October 27 & 28 –  Manitou Springs Hotel & Mineral Spa, Manitou Beach (near Watrous, SK)

Hosted by Watrous & District Music Festival Association. Join us for a weekend of networking “In Musical Style”.


Conference Registration Form


Shurniak Concerto Competition

February 25, 2017 –  Regina, SK

The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association’s Concerto Competition was held in conjunction with the Regina and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras, and sponsored by William Shurniak.


1st Place – Godwin Friesen
2nd Place – Rebecca Weger
3rd Place – Sophie McBean

The first place winner receives a $2,000 scholarship and has the opportunity to appear as a guest artist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Second-place and third-place scholarships of $750 and $500 were also awarded.

Concerto Competition Press Release


Provincial Finals

2018 Provincial Finals
June 1 – 3 (U of S, Saskatoon)


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The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association

receives funding from the SK Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport,Culture and Recreation.