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Festival Focus

June 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.

SMFA Provincial Finals Competition - Saskatoon - June 2 to 5

The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA), now in its 114th year, presented the annual Provincial Finals Competitions and the Provincial Level of Canada West Excellence Competition at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from June 2 to 5, 2022. Adjudicators for the competitions were: Piano: Greg Caisley, Vancouver, BC; Voice: Valdine Anderson, Winnipeg, MB; Strings: Frank Ho, Edmonton, AB; Brass/Percussion/Woodwind: Gareth Jones, Calgary, AB; Musical Theatre: Ron Long, Edmonton, AB; Spoken Word: Carrie Pengilly, Yorkton, SK; Choral: William Brown, Toronto, ON.
From Thursday to Sunday, 435 performances by winners from District Music Festivals across Saskatchewan were heard. On Saturday evening, June 4, competitors chosen from each discipline in the 28 years & under division competed in the Grand Awards Competition.

Congratulations to the Grand Award Winners in the 28 years & under division!
Sister Boyle Senior Gold Award of $1,000 & Trophy: Alice Li, Piano (right); Wallis Memorial Senior Silver Award of $750 & Trophy: Grace Liu, Classical Voice, mezzo-soprano (centre);
Blanche Squires Memorial Bronze Award of $500 & Trophy: Declan Hewitt, Musical Theatre, bari-tenor (left)
Press Release - Results
Provincial Finals Program with Results

Photo credit: Stephen Nicholson

Garth Beckett/Gustin Piano Scholarship awarded at Provincial Finals

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!

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

The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA), in partnership with Alberta Music Festival and BC Performing Arts Festival, invites you to attend the first Annual Canada West Competitions, on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Event Press Release
The Event Schedule can be found on our home page at The Competition Program will be posted on our home page when available.
Venues & Parking
Accommodations and Food Services

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

Forty-one competitors, their collaborative artists, and one choir have earned the right to represent Saskatchewan at the first annual Canada West Performing Arts Festival. Click here for the complete list of SK competitors performing at Canada West. Come to Saskatoon, July 21 to 23, and support our young musicians and speech artists!

Kennedy Siba with collaborative artist Sofia Mycyk.
Photo credit: Stephen Nicholson

Please help us raise Funds for Festival

Proceeds support SMFA programs. Thank you for your support!

Fill Your Cup/SMEA (an intensive pedagogical experience for private & classroom teachers) - July 25 to 27, North Battleford


Thank you to our Festival Friends!

To all our dedicated volunteers, donors and sponsors, teachers, participants, collaborative artists and supportive audience members: we thank you for your support and wish you a very pleasant summer!
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
Canada West Performing Arts Festival - July 21 to 23, U of S, Saskatoon
SMFA Annual General Meeting - TBA

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

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