Welcome to the
Saskatchewan Music Festival Association
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 Fundraising Appeal
Like many artistic organizations, SMFA has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of our 47 District Festivals were cancelled for 2020. The Provincial Finals Competition, a wonderful celebration of inspiring performances by students within our District Festivals, could not go forward. Cancellation of festivals to this magnitude has not happened since World War II.
Despite the current disruption, SMFA is moving forward with programs to support and encourage young artists. Our resources are limited by the loss of income usually generated by local and provincial festivals. We don’t want the COVID -19 pandemic to weaken our support of young musicians and their teachers, who depend on the music festival organization.
Your financial assistance will help us through this difficult time. If able, please consider a donation by clicking on the button below. Thank you for your support!DONATE HERE
Important Notice for 2020 (as of March 15)
Effective March 15, 2020, the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association Board of Directors advises that all festivals be cancelled IMMEDIATELY for the 2020 festival season. This difficult decision was made in order to protect our stakeholders and general population from exposure to COVID-19, and to limit the spread of the disease. Due to the uncertainty of time lines, rescheduling of 2020 festivals will not be possible.
With the cancellation of the majority of our District Festivals, the SMFA Board of Directors also made the decision to cancel the 2020 Provincial Finals.
Please refer to the District Festival pages for cancellation confirmation for each festival.
SDA & SMFA Spoken Word e-Festival
The Saskatchewan Drama Association (SDA) and Saskatchewan Music Festival (SMFA) present the Spoken Word e-Festival for Saskatchewan students, ages 5 to 19 and any level. Students have the opportunity to prepare, perform and develop their ability to speak with purpose. Entering will give you a chance to work towards a goal, improve your skills, perform and HAVE FUN!
Entry deadline is June 15, 2020.
National Volunteer Week in Canada
We salute our volunteers, who keep Music Festivals alive in 47 locations across Saskatchewan! Each year we are proud to join our District Festivals in acknowledging individuals who have given above and beyond to their organizations. Thank you, and congratulations, to these recipients of the 2019 SMFA Volunteer Award.
The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association
receives funding from the SK Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport,Culture and Recreation.