Saskatchewan Choral Federation

Saskatchewan Music Conference


Saskatchewan Music Conference - November 17-19, 2016
Saskatoon Inn, 2002 Airport Drive, Saskatoon

Dr. Kirby Shaw
Dr. Shaw will be directing the SMC Delegate Choir in the performance of a variety of his musical compositions and arrangements including:
  • California Dreamin'
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • When I Fall in Love
  • Plenty Good Room
He will also be presenting several Delegate Sessions and the Keynote Address at the Conference.

Scat Singing: You Can Do It! - How to get your Be to Bop! and while you’re at it, create your own blues lyric! Step by easy step you’ll gain more confidence learning the basics of jazz improvisation.

nstant Soul Clinic: Singing from the Soul - Dr. Shaw has been empowering people of all ages to sing more soulfully for more than 40 years. Now his no-fail techniques can be yours in this fun workshop. No music theory is required...just your ears, a song to sing and giving yourself permission to play with the melody.

So Many Styles, So Little Time!
Gain important stylistic tips as we sing through Dr. Kirby Shaw's latest selection of popular choral arrangements.


Dr. Brendan Lord
Dr. Lord is recognized for his unique blend of artistic and administrative abilities, and works frequently in both capacities.  Artistically, Dr. Lord has worked with choirs of varying ages and abilities including the Sherwood Park Festival Singers, the Edmonton Public School Board’s All-City Children’s Choir, and Sangkor Women’s Ensemble.  He has been a regular Sessional Instructor at the University of Alberta where he has taught courses in the areas of conducting, music theory, and musicianship.

Choral Reading Session – Mixed Choirs
Find out what’s new and recommended in choral music for mixed choirs including high school, youth and community choirs. A complimentary reading packet will be available to the first 40 participants courtesy of Long & McQuade.

O Canada
Begin your Canada 150 celebrations early with this all-Canadian session of choral music by 20 of our country’s outstanding composers and arrangers. We’ll sing, listen to recordings, and watch short videos of composers providing insight about their music. A variety of voicings – unison to SATB – and genres – everything from motets to cowboy songs – have been included. A limited number of music packets will be provided for both the published and unpublished pieces.

Rehearsal Lab
See how they do it, and share how you do it. Facilitator Brendan Lord and conductor Shaun Bzdel join forces in an open rehearsal setting with St. Joseph High School Choir. Throughout the session, Brendan and Shaun will “pause” the rehearsal to explain their approaches, and to invite ideas from attendees. The goal is that, through observation and discussion, everyone in attendance will be able to expand their vocabulary of rehearsal and choral techniques.

Dr. Jennifer Lang
Dr. Lang is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Saskatchewan, where she currently conducts the Greystone Singers.  Currently Dr. Lang serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, is a member of the Choral Canada Advocacy and Editorial committees, and she occupies the role of board chair for Musical Futures Canada.

Dr. Lang's previous work also includes conducting the UWO Choir, the Althouse Singers and she was a member of the conducting team within the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs of London organization. Prior to completing her doctorate, Jennifer served as a program leader of vocal and instrumental secondary school music with the District of Niagara Arts Academy in the District School Board of Niagara.  She particularly enjoys celebrating choral excellence as a festival adjudicator and has been an invited clinician at several festivals and workshops.

Choral Reading Session – Elementary, Children’s and Treble Choir
Are you looking for some new music for a children’s choir? This session will provide information on choral music for children’s and treble choirs. A complimentary reading packet will be available to the first 40 participants courtesy of Long & McQuade.


SCF Round Table Discussion on Socan / Copyright Info
Facilitator – Denise Gress
There's a lot to know about what you can and can't do or should and shouldn't do with recording music, performing music and copying music. Join a round table discussion at the Saskatchewan Music Conference to get some information on where to find the answers to those questions.


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