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Festival Focus

December 2017
Welcome to the new format of the Festival Focus. This format is intended to draw you to our website with details of each article. We hope that you enjoy reading our newsletter.

2017 Fall Conference and AGM

The theme for the October 27 & 28, 2017 Conference & AGM was “In Musical Style”, as representatives from 23 of the 47 affiliated District music festivals gathered at the Manitou Springs & Resort, Manitou Beach, to receive information, network, and share experiences. Twelve volunteers were recognized for their service to SMFA's mission of promoting music. Two new board members were elected by acclamation, Dianne Gryba of North Battleford and Jeri Ryba of Moose Jaw. Sponsors of the event were SaskEnergy and Watrous Mainline Motors. For details visit

Adjudicator Boot Camp

Where: University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Convocation Hall (Peter MacKinnon Building)
When:  January 20, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:30pm
Admission is FREE and open to all interested parties
Please RSVP by January 8, 2018 to Karen Klassen at

This workshop will explore the philosophy behind music festival adjudicating as well as plenty of practical advice about constructive adjudication, assigning marks and awarding scholarships, as well as working with local festival committees. The workshop will be facilitated by Cherith Alexander who has more than twenty years of experience adjudicating throughout Western Canada at festivals large and small. More information can be found at

Wallis Opera Competition

Where: University of Regina, Riddell Theatre
When: February 24 & 25, 2018 | Time to be confirmed
Entries Close: January 19

Entry Form
Opera Competition Rules

In July 1999, prior to his death, Gordon Wallis established an opera competition to encourage and assist young Saskatchewan singers in furthering their vocal studies in opera. Held every two years under the administration of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association, its $5,000 first-place prize is one of a kind in Canada. In addition to the prize money, the winner may be featured as guest artist with the Regina and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras.


2018 Calendar of Events
Adjudicator Boot Camp (Saskatoon) - Jan. 20
Wallis Opera Competition (Regina)  - Feb. 24 & 25
47 District Music Festivals (Various Locations) - March to May
SMFA Provincial Final Competitions (Saskatoon) - June 1, 2, & 3
National Music Festival Competition (Sackville, NB)- Aug. 12-18
Conference and AGM (TBC) - Oct 26 & 27

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