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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.


August 1, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
Rex Schneider Auditorium,  University  of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway

Join us for a benefit concert and reception as the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association presents Team Saskatchewan. These talented young musicians will travel to Sackville, NB to represent our province at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF) National Music Festival Competition. All proceeds to the musicians’ travel costs.

Featuring: Kate Gray (piano), Abby Fuller (Brass), Louren Sazon (Musical Theatre) and Fiearro String Quartet (Chamber) – Eleanor Hector, Meika Sonntag, Mayson Sonntag, and Jonathan Craig Penner.


Provincial Finals Competition

SMFA President, Karen Unger, is pleased announce that the 2018 Sister Boyle Gold Award of $1,000 was won by Fraser Krips, Saskatoon (percussion). The most prestigious award of the Provincial Finals Competition was presented by Joanne Messer at the Senior Grand Awards Competition held Saturday, June 2 in Quance Theatre, University of Saskatchewan.

The Wallis Silver Award was won by Thomas Hu, Saskatoon (piano) and the Blanche Squires Memorial Bronze Award went to Dominic Ghiglione, Regina (trombone).

Nearly 300 participants from Saskatchewan’s 47 District Music Festivals were heard by seven judges. Choral entries were submitted by recording and judged prior to the weekend competition. On Friday evening, June 1, intermediate competitors chosen from each discipline competed in the Intermediate Grand Awards Competition. On Saturday evening, June 2, senior competitors chosen from each discipline competed in the Senior Grand Awards Competition. Prizes of over $25,000 were awarded over the weekend.


Team Saskatchewan off to the National Music Festival!

Congratulations to these musicians chosen to represent Saskatchewan at the National Music Festival in Sackville, New Brunswick, August 14th to 16th.

James Griffith, Lloydminster Festival (alto saxophone)
Kate Gray, Regina Festival (piano)
Jasmine Tsui, Regina Festival (percussion)
McKenzie Warriner, Estevan Festival (soprano)
Lauren Sazon, Moose Jaw Festival (musical theatre)
Fiearro String Quartet (Mayson Sonntag,
Jonathan Craig Penner, Meika Sonntag, Eleanor Hector),
Regina Festival (chamber)
Abby Fuller, Regina Festival (trumpet)


Campbell Chamber Choir (Russ & Deidre Baird, conductors), Regina Festival, was chosen to represent Saskatchewan in the Paul J. Bourret Choral Competition. The choral and percussion competitions will be judged by recording.



SMFA Fall Conference & AGM

Mark your calendars for the SMFA Annual Fall Conference & AGM, October 26 & 27, in the City of Melfort (Canalta Inn and Kerry Vickar Centre). Join us as we kick off this celebration of 110 years of Saskatchewan Music Festivals!

Preview of Conference Sessions:

  • Points of Interest (Introducing the 2019-2021 Syllabus)
  • Roadside Assistance (Celebrating Volunteers)
  • Nuts & Bolts (Roundtable Discussions)
  • Pit Stop (Mini Sessions: Emergency Planning/Risk Management/Diversity/Festival Reporting/Conflict Resolution/Creating an Impactful Festival Program)
  • Fundraiser – Car Raffle Launch (Driven by Passion)

Annual General Meeting: Saturday October 27; Kerry Vickar Centre, 206 Bemister Avenue East, Melfort SK
At our last AGM, SMFA announced plans to launch a fundraiser to host the National Music Festival in August 2019. The following notice of motion is in support of the Car Lottery Fundraiser. SMFA will purchase a car to raffle and we are asking for support from the District Festivals.

Notice of Motion – RE: SMFA Car Lottery Fundraiser: Each District Festival will sell 2 books of 12 tickets each ($480).

Note: There will be two (three-year) positions available on the SMFA Board of Directors. Consider running for one of these two positions. Contact Karen MacCallum (SMFA Past President and Nominating Chair) for more details at


Provincial Finals

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




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