Saskatchewan Choral Federation

SMC 2013






The Saskatchewan Music Conference was held November 7 – 9, 2013 at the Delta Hotel, Regina, Saskatchewan. Representatives from the SK Choral Federation, SK Band Association, SK Music Educators Association, SK Music Festivals Association and SK Orchestral Association gathered to celebrate “Music for Life”.

SCF was fortunate to have Scott Leithead, artistic director and founder of Edmonton’s Kokopelli, direct the delegate choir as well as lead two energetic & well-attended sessions, "Music of South Africa" and "Building a Youth Choir Program". Tova Olson accompanied Scott on djembe and piano for all of his sessions, as well as the delegate choir rehearsals and concert.

Watch highlights from Scott's sessions and the delegate choir concert here

Watch the SMC Delegate Choir performing One Voice here

“PA 101” was presented on Friday by Leo Sepulveda of Long & McQuade. His session covered the basics of PA set ups, equalizing, microphones, speakers and mixers.

SCF was pleased to recognize the following individuals at the banquet on Friday night, for their outstanding and dedicated service to the choral arts in Saskatchewan:

Pro Musica Award - Dr. Carl Cherland

Golden Note Award - Audrey Assman, Jack Boan, Diane Rhodes, and Helen Symonds

Community Service Award - Ivan Hruska, Sharon Penner, and Sandra Poole

SCF was also pleased to present the first Nova Voce Scholarship to University of Saskatchewan student, Colin Elliot.

Saturday morning began with a tour of the new SCF office space. Delegates were picked up at the hotel and bussed to the new building where they were served a continental breakfast, introduced to the office staff and given an overview of what the Choral Federation has to offer members. While the move has not been completed, it gave everyone an opportunity to see the new offices and imagine what it will look like in a couple of months.

Following the Annual General Meeting, Kathy Stokes led the Treble Youth Reading Session and Dr. Dominic Gregorio led the Adult Reading Session. Music for both reading sessions was generously provided by Long & McQuade. Thank you clinicians, delegates, volunteers and sponsors for all of your support in making this another great conference!


2013 Sessions

Interested in building your choral program?  In this session many tips of the trade and "experiments gone right" will be illustrated and discussed to help make this happen.  Programming, artistic philosophy, rehearsal techniques, student empowerment and performance presentation are all aspects that can take an ensemble to the next level.  This workshop will take you through a typical choral season and offer tips to enhance your choir's journey along the way.
Edmonton’s Kokopelli Choir Association has traveled to Africa 3 times and immersed themselves in the music and the culture of the African people. In this session you will learn several selections first taught to Kokopelli by members of their sister choirs in Namibia and South Africa. Be prepared for an energetic session of music making!

Saskatchewan Choral Federation is pleased to announce that Scott Leithead will be the feature choral clinician at Saskatchewan Music Conference occurring November 7 – 9 at the Delta Regina! Scott will be directing the delegate choir as well as sharing his passion for music from southern Africa and for innovative and unique choral experiences in his sessions, “Building a Youth Choir Program” and “Music From Southern Africa.”

Scott recently completed a tour to South Africa with his world-famous, Edmonton-based youth choir, Kokopelli, this summer. He is the founder of the Kokopelli and TIME Choir Associations and has worked as a clinician, guest director, and evaluator at events in North America and beyond, as well as conducted provincial/state honour choirs on twelve occasions. In 2012/13 Scott was invited to conduct the Alberta Youth Choir for the Alberta Choral Federation’s 40th Anniversary, the Ontario Youth Choir, the Oklahoma All State Women’s Choir, and the first Ellison Canadian Youth Choir in Toronto.

Recent appearances include: conducting the Unisong Choir and the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa on Canada Day; guest presenting at Festival 500 in NFLD; adjudicating the finals of the ACCC National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.

Don’t miss your chance to learn from and sing with this contemporary choral pioneer!

Thanks once again to Long & McQuade, attendees will be provided with copies of some of the latest and greatest choral music available this season.  Find out what's new and what's being recommended for Adult choirs this year.  Information will also be presented on SCF's music cost share program that can save your choir hundreds of dollars in new music purchases.
Do you have a children's choir?  Are you looking for new music to perform?  Would you like to network with other youth choir directors?  Kathy Stokes, Director of Esterhazy Jr Glee and Vice-President of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, will be presenting this year's Treble Youth reading session for children & youth choirs.  Take-away reading packages generously supplied by Long & McQuade.
XLR or RCA, what does it mean? If you ever have to put an audio system together, then this clinic is for you. Leo will cover the basics of PA set ups, equalizing, microphones, speakers and mixers. Whether you are using an Ipod or setting up for a concert or play, you will get the basics you need to get a good sound from your PA .
Can you imagine a 275 m (900') high stack of choral music?   That's about 1 1/2 times the height of the Calgary Tower!  That's how much music is catalogued in the SCF Choral Library.  Join us for a tour and explore the resources and assistance available from the Choral Federation.  We have more than 5000 multiple choral scores, a research library with over 6000 titles, choral catalogues by genre and voicing, CDs, books, magazines, a keyboard (with headphones so you can try out music to your heart's content!) and some pretty terrific staff who'll be happy to help you out.  Transportation to and from the conference will be arranged and a continental breakfast served.



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