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Festival Focus

April 2022
Welcome to Festival Focus, the official newsletter of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. This format is intended to draw you to our website with details of each article. We hope that you enjoy reading our newsletter.

2022 Wallis Opera Competition - February 25 - Virtual Format

SMFA President, Tammy Villeneuve, is pleased to announce that the 2022 Gordon C. Wallis Memorial Opera Competition was won by Angela Gjurichanin. Angela was awarded the scholarship of $5,000 toward further study in opera and the opportunity to be a featured artist with the Regina and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras.
Media Release

2022 SMFA Musical Theatre Competition - February 26 - Virtual Format

Brooke Zarubin is the winner of the 2nd biennial SMFA Musical Theatre Competition, and recipient of the $1,000 prize. The runner-up prize of $750 was awarded to Forrest Hiebert.
Media Release

Update on the 2022 District Festival Season
With the removal of Covid-19 restrictions by the Province of Saskatchewan, District Festivals have been able to return to a more normal version of their local festival. Thirty-four District Festivals will take place this year, with the latest festivals wrapping up by the end of the first week in May. Five District Festivals chose to run fully virtual events, with several other festivals offering the virtual option in some disciplines. Congratulations to the District Festival committees and volunteers for your fine work in navigating through another challenging year. We all look forward to "business as usual" in 2023!

SMFA Provincial Finals Competition - LIVE at the U of S Campus, Saskatoon - June 2 to 5

Regulations & Information
Entry Form Entries close Sunday, May 15 at midnight.
Tentative Schedule-Overview as of April 13. Subject to change depending on entries received. Check our home page frequently for updates.
Programs will be available for pre-order at until May 25. More information will be available on our home page.


Canada West Performing Arts Festival - U of S, Saskatoon - July 21 to 23

Event Press Release
Team Saskatchewan, chosen by the adjudicators at the Provincial Finals Competition, will have the opportunity to compete at the Canada West Performing Arts Festival. Consult the 2022-2024 SMFA Syllabus (Canada West/Excellence Classes for the maximum number of representatives per province and awards available.

Please help us raise Funds for Festival

Proceeds support SMFA programs. Thank you for your support!

SMFA Teacher Recruitment

Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association - Duet Challenge

For the upcoming 2021/2022 festival season, the CMFAA continues their "Duet Challenge" bursary in their search to find the Duet Capital of Canada. Any Music Festival in Canada is eligible to participate. Two pieces of information are required:
the total number of solo piano entries, and the total number of duet entries in the Festival for a calendar year. The festival with the highest ratio of duet entries to solo entries will be awarded the Duet Capital of Canada and receive a $500 scholarship.
For more information, visit Deadline for submissions is May 15.

The Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association is a national organization of experienced performers and/or teachers with a proven record of success. With the aid of our Directory, which contains biographical and contact information of each of our members, festival committees will be able to select adjudicators best suited for their needs. CMFAA also provides resources for adjudicators and festivals and offers monetary assistance such as the Duet Prize and the Adjudicator Travel Assistance Bursary.
Volunteer Appreciation Week

Provincial Office Address

SMFA programs and services reach lands covered by Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10, the traditional lands of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, Nakota and Saulteaux peoples,
as well as homeland of the Métis.

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

Mail to:
PO Box 37005
Regina, SK   S4S 7K3

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2021-2022 Calendar of Events
District Festivals - March through May, 2022
2022 Provincial Finals - June 2 to 5, U of S, Saskatoon
Canada West Performing Arts Festival - July 21 to 23, U of S, Saskatoon
SMFA Annual Conference & AGM - TBA

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Contact information:
PO Box 37005 | Regina, SK  S4S 7K3  |  306-757-1722  |  |

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