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 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!!
DONATIONS are gratefully accepted and tax receipts will be issued. To donate to SMFA, please click on the button below.DONATE HERE
Thank you for your support!
SMFA Concerto Competition – February 25, 2023 – Regina
ENTRY FORM Entries close January 15, 2023 at midnight.
SMFA Conference & AGM – November 18 & 19, Moose Jaw
Carol Donhauser (Executive Director); Dianne Gryba (1st Vice President); Alisha Mann (2nd Vice President); Doug McCosh, Penny Miles, Heather Macnab, Clayton
Braybrook, Karen Frandsen (Directors); Tammy Villeneuve (Past President); Jeri Ryba (President)
Five volunteers were honoured by SMFA and their District Festivals for outstanding contributions to their festival: Angela Gent (Borderland @ Coronach), Sandra Bazin (Estevan),
Cindy Hayward (Rosetown), Terry Ross (Saskatoon), and Linda Sogbetun (Yorkton). Congratulations and thank you for your service!
Volunteer Award Recipients
Chelsea Mahan and Olivia Adams were awarded the SMFA Adjudicating Excellence Award. A scholarship will be awarded at the 2023 Provincial Finals Competition in honour of their
outstanding work. SMFA is grateful for the work of all of our adjudicators who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during our COVID festival years.
Adjudicating Excellence Award Recipients
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
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!
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 email@example.com 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
PO Box 37005
Regina, SK S4S 7K3
The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association
receives funding from the SK Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport,Culture and Recreation.