Saskatchewan Choral Federation
 
 

History

Founding of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation

On April 29, 1978 a meeting was held in Regina where it was decided to proceed with the formation of a provincial choral organizations. A Steering Committee was struck to organize a founding meeting on April 17, 1978 at Fort San at the Summer School of the Arts and a Founding Statement of Principles was accepted.

The Founding Statement of Principles stated, ‘the aim of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation is to promote the art of choral music in Saskatchewan through various projects and to encourage high standards of artistic attainment among singers and directors of every kind of choir’.

The organization was officially launched at the August 17th meeting with the adoption of a constitution and the election of the first Board of Directors. The Saskatchewan Choral Federation was incorporated as a non-profit volunteer based organization in 1978.

Development Highlights

In the summer of 1979, the first Saskatchewan Sings, a week-long choral event focused on a major choral work, was launched under the leadership of John Alldis of London, England with the staging of Mozart’s Requiem. The list of guest conductors in subsequent years of Saskatchewan Sings reads like an international who’s who of choral music including the likes of Eisler, Riddell, Fagan, Fankhauser, Warland and Fanshawe. The works performed over the years include Haydn’s Creation, Brahm’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Solomon, Dvorak’s Mass in D, Fanshawe’s African Sanctus and Vaughn William’s Dona Nobis Pacem.

In 1980, the first full-time executive director was hired. In 1981, the SCF Choral Library and the SCF newsletter, the Bulletin, came into being.

Over the years, other programs and significant projects followed:

  • Workshops by Request and Pro Musica Award (1982)
  • Festival of Canadian Choral Music and Member Funding (1984)
  • Teen Choir Camp (1985)
  • Resident Artist (1987)
  • Project: Sing 91990)
  • Junior Choir Camp (1991)
  • Podium ’94 hosted for the first time in Saskatchewan in May
  • Choral Director Training Course and Golden Note Award (1995)
  • VoiceCare Project (1996)
  • Community Service Award (1998)
  • Co-sponsored Saskatchewan Music Conference (1998)
  • Choral Celebration (1999)
  • Choir Honour Roll (1999)
  • Mentorship Project (2000)
  • Electronic CD Rom version of Library Catalogue produced (2001)
  • Independent website – www.saskchoral.ca (2002)
  • Adult (Choir Camp) Choral Workshop (2003)
  • SK Choral E-Notes (2003)
  • Centennial Projects (2004-05)
  • SCF Archive Program
  • Choral E-Database
  • Centennial Choral Commissions
  • Centennial Compilation CD
  • Summer Choral Director Training Course (2007)
  • Saskatchewan Sings with Kathryn Laurin (2009)
  • Podium 2010, Canada's National Choral Conference, hosted in Saskatoon
  • Dreambroker Summer Music Camp partnership established and camps held (2012)
  • Optimist ChorFest Saskatchewan established (2013)
  • Saskatchewan Youth Choir formed (2014)

The Saskatchewan Choral Federation began as a completely volunteer based and membership funded organization. A major thrust to development was provided by the availability of funding from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund starting in 1981.

What began as an organization encompassing a core of choral enthusiasts centred in urban Saskatchewan has grown over the years to include members and choirs from every area of the province.