National Music Festival
Saskatchewan wins at National Music Festival in Edmonton, AB
The 2016 National Music Festival took place August 11 to 13 at MacEwan University – Alberta College Campus & McDougall United Church, Edmonton, AB. Sixty-four amateur musicians from across the country ranging in ages 14 to 28 competed in nine disciplines: voice, piano, strings, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, chamber music, and musical theatre.
Saskatchewan was proudly represented by:
Spencer McKnight, Battlefords Festival – Voice (accompanied by Mark Turner)
Gloria Yu, Saskatoon Festival – Piano (accompanied by Kathleen Solose)
William Boan, Saskatoon Festival – Strings (accompanied by Bonnie Nicholson)
Stephen Davis, Saskatoon Festival – Classical Guitar (accompanied by Paul Zhao)
Vanessa Klassen, Kindersley Festival – Woodwinds (accompanied by Mark Gibson)
Abby Fuller, Regina Festival – Brass (accompanied by Maria Fuller)
Fraser Krips, Saskatoon Festival – Percussion *adjudicated via recording
BEAM Saxophone Quartet, Rosetown Festival – Chamber (Brendan Catalano, Eric Wong, Anna Wheeler, Megan Bauman)
Jake Heisler, Moose Jaw Festival – Musical Theater (accompanied by Jeri Ryba)
Choir Entries (judged by recording):
AVE (directed by Melissa Morgan), Regina Festival
Campbell Spirit Choir (directed by Russ Baird), Regina Festival
Competitors placing from Saskatchewan are as follows:
First Place Percussion ($1,500) – Fraser Krips
Second Place Brass ($1,000) & Special Brass Award ($100) – Abby Fuller
Second Place – Richard Cooke Choral Award ($250) – Campbell Spirit Choir
Third Place Voice ($500) & Special Vocal Award ($500) – Spencer McKnight
Special Musical Theatre Award ($100) – Jake Heisler
Spirit Awards – Male and Female ($50 each) – Brendan Catalano and Abby Fuller
Welcome to the
Saskatchewan Music Festival Association
Classical Competition 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.
We would like to sincerely thank all of our participants and volunteers for making Provincial Finals another success.
The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association
receives funding from the SK Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport,Culture and Recreation.