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Festival Focus

December 2021
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.

SMFA Provincial Board - New Directors elected at Annual General Meeting

Three new board directors were elected, by acclamation, to the SMFA Board of Directors at the AGM on November 6. Clayton Braybrook and Doug McCosh were elected to 3-year terms, and Alisha Mann will fill a 2-year term.
Clayton Braybrook was nominated by Kindersley & District Music Festival where he has been a valued music educator, choir director and member of the local festival committee for many years. Clayton is Kindersley's "go-to person" for questions regarding the syllabus and regulations. He will be a great addition to the SMFA Board.
Doug McCosh is currently the Past President of Saskatoon Music Festival. Doug writes: "Music is a way of life in our family as my mother was a piano teacher and church organist.
I have been participating in music festivals most of my life, first as a performer and later as a director of elementary school bands. I have been on Music Festival committees in Swift Current, Weyburn and Saskatoon. I have had experience as a member of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association. The best part of working on these festival committees was the opportunity to work with dedicated volunteers who make these organizations function. I look forward to contributing what I can to the SMFA Board."
Alisha Mann is currently the Vice President of the Estevan & District Music Festival and serves on the scholarship committee, organizing the piano awards concert for the past five years. Alisha is active as a piano teacher, and teacher of Music For Young Children in Estevan.
AGM Press Release

Guidelines for COVID-Safe Festivals in 2022
In order to safeguard our stakeholders, Saskatchewan Health Authority Public Health Measures for live music or recorded events, venue policies and SMFA requirements must be followed. Visit the Government of Saskatchewan Public Health Measures for the most up-to-date information from SHA.
Requirements and Guidelines to Hosting Festivals in 2022 (as of December 9, 2021)
COVID Q&A (as of December 10, 2021)
Please visit our home page often, as these documents will be updated as needed.

SMFA 2022-2024 Syllabus

Visit for the most recent syllabus changes and corrections. Please note these important changes:
  • For the 2022 festival year, the Board of Directors has made the following exception for entries requiring accompaniment at the District Festival level:
    Non-professional recorded accompaniment is to be accepted in 2022 at the District level but will not be accepted for entry into Provincials. The piano is the instrument to be used for accompaniment except where other options are stated. Participants using recorded accompaniment should use their regular/local accompanist to make the recording.
  • For the 2022 festival year, the Board of Directors has made the following exception to ELIGIBILITY FOR ENTRY TO PROVINCIAL FINALS (page 11):
1.    Competitors must:
        iii.           obtain a mark of 88 or higher and place first in the class. In classes where two selections are performed, the combined mark must average 88 or higher. A mark of 88 or higher is also required in the Canada West Excellence Classes to be eligible to advance to the Provincial level. Alternates with qualifying marks will be contacted by Provincial Office.
 CHANGE: TWO (2) qualified entries (first and second place, with mark of 88 or higher) will be eligible to advance to Provincial Finals from each District Festival in every Provincial Scholarship Class.
Frequently Asked Questions
2022 Wallis Opera Competition & Master Class - February 25 & 26 in Saskatoon

Competition Regulations
Entry Form  Entries close January 15 @ midnight.

2022 SMFA Musical Theatre Competition - February 25 & 26 in Saskatoon

Competition Regulations
Entry Form  Entries close January 15 @ midnight. Entries will be limited to 16 competitors. SMFA reserves the right to close entries after 16 entries have been received.

Canada West Performing Arts Festival - Saskatoon in 2022

Event Press Release
Competitors interest in qualifying for the Canada West Performing Arts Festival must enter the Canada West Excellence Classes at the District level. Please consult the 2022-2024 SMFA Syllabus (Canada West/Excellence Classes tab.

SMFA Volunteer Award Recipients

Seven outstanding volunteers were honoured by their District Festivals at the 2021 SMFA Annual General Meeting. Read about their contibutions here. Heather Barnstable, Calla McLean, Penny & Mark Miles, Maxine Leschuk, June Fletcher and Margaret Caldwell - thank you for your service!

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

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.
Happy Holidays!

Provincial Office Address

The Provincial Office of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association is now 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
2022 Wallis Opera Competition & Master Class - February 25 & 26, Saskatoon
2022 SMFA Musical Theatre Competition & Master Class- February 25 & 26, Saskatoon
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

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