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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.

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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.

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SMFA is one of the 12,000+ sport, culture and recreation groups funded by Saskatchewan Lotteries. Every time you purchase a lottery ticket in Saskatchewan, a portion of that revenue supports a wealth of organizations, including District Festivals across the province who are enriching their communities with performing arts. Help support the arts – Purchase your tickets TODAY!!

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SMFA Conference & AGM – November 18 & 19, Moose Jaw

Register for the Conference by October 18, as a voting or non-voting member, according to the number of entries in all classes published in the official program for the 2022 District Festival. District Festivals that did not hold a festival in 2022 are entitled to 1 vote.

  • Less than 150 entries – 1 vote
  • 150 to 299 entries – 2 votes
  • 300 entries or more – 3 votes
Conference Registration Form

Conference registration fee is $100 and includes the President’s Reception on Friday, and continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

A block of rooms is on hold at Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa.
Guest Room rate: $189/night + taxes/fees
Group Reservation SASK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Reserve before October 18, 2022 to guarantee room rate and availability.
PLEASE CONTACT THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO RESERVE GUEST ROOMS.

Conference Schedule
Friday:
6:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Session #1: Diversity and Inclusivity (Pronoun Usage and Meaningful Land Acknowledgements) – Krista Brost/Doug McCosh
8:00 p.m. Session #2: Care and Feeding of Your Adjudicator – Mariel Unger
9:00 p.m. President’s Reception & Entertainment
Saturday:
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast/Networking
9:00 a.m. Session #3: Syllabus Presentation – Sherry Sproule/Alisha Mann
10:00 a.m. AGM
11:30 a.m. Entertainment, Volunteer Luncheon/Award Presentations
2:00 p.m. Session #4: Open Mike: Q & A – Tammy Villeneuve/Claire Seibold
3:00 p.m. Session #5: Volunteer Recruiting – Dianne Gryba/Jeri Ryba


Canada West Performing Arts Festival – July 21 to 23, Saskatoon

Keegan Isaac, Saskatchewan – First place in Brass, 24 years & under. Photo credit Stephen Nicholson

Media Release – Results

Program – with Scholarship Winners

Post-event Evaluation
Competitors, accompanists, teachers, volunteers and audience members are encouraged to take a few moments to complete the survey. Thank you!


Saskatchewan competitors shine at Canada West!

Forty-one competitors, their collaborative artists, and one choir earned the right to represent Saskatchewan at the first annual Canada West Performing Arts Festival.

Saskatchewan sweep in Musical Theatre, 24 years & under! Congratulations to Forrest Hiebert (1st place), Declan Hewitt (2nd place) and Corie Groome (3rd place).

Congratulations to all the participants, and to these competitors who placed in their classes:
Classical Voice (12 years & under): Kathleen Booker (2nd place)
Classical Voice (17 years & under): Adam Brookman (3rd place)
Classical Voice (24 years & under): Elise Parsonage (1st place)
Piano (12 years & under): Shailynn Li (2nd place)
Piano (24 years & under): Jerry Hu (1st place); Connor Elias (3rd place)
Strings (24 years & under): Catherine McLellan (2nd place)
Brass (17 years & under): Olivia Florizone (1st place)
Brass (24 years & under): Keegan Isaac (1st place)
Speech Arts & Drama (12 years & under): Liné Linde (2nd place)
Speech Arts & Drama (17 years & under): Steyn Hoogstad (1st place); Emma Gillingham (3rd place)
Speech Arts & Drama (24 years & under): Allison Gordon (2nd place)
Musical Theatre (12 years & under): Sadie Gryba (1st place); Ruby Hickman (3rd place)
Musical Theatre (17 years & under): Rosette Caina (2nd place); Adam Brookman (3rd place)
Musical Theatre (24 years & under: Forrest Hiebert (1st place); Declan Hewitt (2nd place); Corie Groome (3rd place)


SMFA 2022 Provincial Finals – June 2 to 5, Saskatoon

Press Release – Results

Congratulations to the Grand Award Winners in the 28 years & under division!
Sister Boyle Senior Gold Award of $1,000 & Trophy: Alice Li (right)
Wallis Memorial Senior Silver Award of $750 & Trophy: Grace Liu (centre)
Blanche Squires Memorial Bronze Award of $500 & Trophy: Declan Hewitt (left)

Congratulations to all the participants in the Grand Awards Competition!
Standing (left to right): Allison Gordon (Spoken Word), Grace Liu (Classical Voice, mezzo-soprano), Catherine McLellan (Cello)
Seated (left to right): Alice Li (Piano), Declan Hewitt (Musical Theatre, bari-tenor), Garrett Schwab (Trombone)

In honour and appreciation of Garth Beckett, distinguished graduate of the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios, concert pianist and revered teacher, the L. J. Fournier Family of Prince Albert offers a scholarship of $1,500 at the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival for a pianist in the early levels of Senior competition. The scholarship is open to students between the ages 18 and 20 inclusive who are competing in senior level piano classes, and will be awarded to the performer who, in the opinion of the adjudicator, shows the most promise. This year’s recipient of the Garth Beckett/Gustin House Piano Scholarship is Leah Macfarlane. Congratulations!

Provincial Finals Program with results


FUNDS FOR FESTIVAL – Fundraiser


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 sask.music.festival@sasktel.net for inclusion in the directory.

SMFA Teacher Directory

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


Provincial Office – Address

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

Mailing address:
PO Box 37005
Regina, SK   S4S 7K3


 

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The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association

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