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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.

Adjudicator Boot Camp

Where: University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Convocation Hall (Peter MacKinnon Building)
When:  January 20, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:30pm
Admission is FREE and open to all interested parties
Please RSVP by January 8, 2018 to Karen Klassen at

This workshop will explore the philosophy behind music festival adjudicating as well as plenty of practical advice about constructive adjudication, assigning marks and awarding scholarships, as well as working with local festival committees.  The material presented will be helpful to anyone considering working as a music festival adjudicator in the future and may also be of interest to those already working in the field but looking for some new ideas or a refresher course. There will be plenty of time for questions and many specific challenges of adjudicating will be addressed. The workshop will be facilitated by Cherith Alexander who has more than twenty years of experience adjudicating throughout Western Canada at festivals large and small.


Wallis Opera Competition & Masterclass

Entries close January 19, 2018. Submit entries online at:


Entry Form

SMFA Conference and AGM        

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

Conference-2017-Press release

Complete the Conference Evaluation Form at:

Provincial Finals

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


Contact Us

The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association

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