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Welcome to the
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 Strategic Plan

COVID-Safe Festivals in 2021

Festivals in 2021 will look very different as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. SMFA is adapting, in order to offer the best possible experience for our participants.

  • Guidelines to Hosting Festivals in 2021 (updated January 16). Watch for further updates.
  • Visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information, self-assessment took, testing information and risk level in Saskatchewan. All current safety protocols issued by Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) must be followed.
  • 2021 District Festivals – live and virtual. This information is updated frequently, as festivals adjust to situations in their area. Please check daily for possible changes in dates and/or format.

Provincial Office – New Address

The Provincial Office of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association is now located at:
1600 MacPherson Avenue
Regina, SK   S4S 4C9

Mailing address remains the same at:
PO Box 37005
Regina, SK   S4S 7K3

Shurniak Virtual Concerto Competition
February 20, 2021

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Shurniak Concerto Competition will be held in virtual format. Entries close February 12, 2021 at midnight. Judges’ comments and the announcement of winners will be shared via Zoom on February 20.


Entry Form

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!


SMFA Teacher Directory

The SMFA Teacher Directory is intended to help connect teachers with students in communities where there is a need. Teachers accepting new students are invited to submit their information to for inclusion in the directory.

SMFA Teacher Directory

Use of this resource does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SMFA.

SDA & SMFA Spoken Word e-Festival

The Saskatchewan Drama Association (SDA) and the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA) Spoken Word e-Festival is for Saskatchewan students, ages 5 to 17 years and any level. This program seeks to allow students to prepare, perform and develop their ability to speak with purpose to an audience. Entering the Festival will give you a chance to work towards a goal, improve your public speaking skills, perform and have fun!

Deadline for the next Spoken Word e-Festival EXTENDED to January 31, 2021.

Classes Offered & Entry Information

Entry Form


Provincial Finals

2020 Provincial Finals
Press Release-Results-2019

Contact Us

The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association

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