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Festival Focus

June 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.

Provincial Finals Virtual Competition - June 3 to 6, 2021

Congratulations to Alice Li of Saskatoon, winner of the Beckett/Gustin House Senior Piano Scholarship for the most promising performer in Senior Piano, 20 years of age or younger. Learn more about the Beckett/Gustin House Senior Piano Scholarship donated by the L. J. Fournier Family of Prince Albert.
485 virtual performances were heard by judges Darryl Friesen, Winnipeg (Senior Piano); Alison Kilgannon, Sherwood Park, AB (Intermediate/Junior/Elementary Piano); Monica Huisman, Winnipeg (Voice); Leanne Zacharias, Brandon, MB (Strings/Guitar); Richard Gillis, Winnipeg (Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion); and Marion Abbott, Brampton, ON (Musical Theatre/Speech Arts). Awards Presentations were held over Zoom, where the judges shared their expertise with competitors and awarded 133 scholarships, valued at more than $35,000 in total.
Press Release - Results
Thank You to our Sponsors & Scholarship Donors

SMFA 50/50 Lottery Fundraiser
Congratulations to the lucky winner, Melissa Raschke of Biggar, SK! Melissa's prize was $1,275 and the remaining 50% will support SMFA programs.
Thank you for supporting music festivals in Saskatchewan!

Employment Opportunity with SMFA - Teacher Recruitment/Mentor Liaison
The SMFA is seeking a Teacher/Mentor Liaison to recruit teachers and mentors in communities where our 47 affiliate music and speech festivals operate. The position is a 10-month contract position and reports directly to the Executive Director.
Teacher Recruitment/Mentor Liaison

Please send cover letter and resume to Carol Donhauser, Executive Director ( on or before
July 15, 2021. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be notified.
SMFA 2022-2024 Syllabus

Stay tuned to our website for the 2022-2024 SMFA Syllabus to be released later this summer.

SMFA Annual General Meeting - November 6, 2021

Two three-year positions are available on the SMFA Board of Directors. For more information, contact Sherry Sproule at
Board Nomination Form

Canada West Performing Arts Festival - Saskatoon in 2022

The provincial performing arts associations of Western Canada (Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) have partnered to present the Canada West Performing Arts Festival!
The CWPAF will be held in rotation with Saskatchewan hosting in 2022, Alberta hosting in 2023, and British Columbia hosting in 2024.
Event Press Release

With deepest appreciation...

We close with a shout out to all our District Festival committees and volunteers, adjudicators, students, teachers and festival supporters! This year of Covid-safe festivals has been rewarding...and a tremendous amount of work. SMFA is grateful for each and every person who contributed to keeping festivals alive during challenging times. Enjoy a well-earned break this summer!

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
SMFA Annual General Meeting - November 6, 2021
2022 Wallis Opera Competition - TBD
2022 SMFA Musical Theatre Competition - TBD
District Festivals - March through May, 2022
2022 Provincial Finals - TBD

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