Saskatchewan Choral Federation

SMC 2015


Saskatchewan Choral Federation is pleased to welcome Janet Brenneman as this year’s feature choral clinician at Saskatchewan Music Conference occurring November 5-7, 2015 at the  Delta Hotel in Regina.  

Dean and Associate Professor of Music at Canadian Mennonite University, Dr. Brenneman teaches music education and conducts the CMU Singers and the CMU Women’s Chorus. Originally from Ontario, Dr. Brenneman earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University. Dr. Brenneman studied conducting with Doreen Rao, Elmer Iseler, and Charles Smith. As a graduate student, she received the prestigious Sir Ernest MacMillan Award in Music Education for her research and scholarship. Her research interests include gender issues in choral music education and boys’ changing voices.

Dr. Brenneman is a former conductor of boys’ choirs for Pembina Trails Voices. Currently, she is the Conductor of Renaissance Voices and Co-conductor of the Mennonite Festival Chorus, a symphonic chorus for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Brenneman will be directing the Delegate Choir and presenting professional development and reading sessions for mixed and treble choirs:

Take a Deep Breath: Foundations of Successful Vocal Technique for Choirs  The foundation and technique of breath preparation and breath management is paramount to successful vocal technique in choirs at all levels of development. This workshop will explore principles and foundations of breathing and vocal production as core to the principles and foundations of vocal technique. Participants will be led through a series of warm-ups suitable for all ages of singers and will discuss breath management as it relates to vocal production and choral performance.

Don’t Just Sing Sounds, Sing Ideas!:  Exploring the essentials of tone colour, intonation, and expressive choral singing  Too often, we become satisfied with just singing the correct notes at the right time. How do we encourage a more meaningful sound for our choirs? This workshop will explore practical ways of realizing the true potential of choral sound through vowel formation, tone colour, improving choral intonation, and expressive singing of choral texts.

In addition to Dr. Brenneman's sessions, SCF is also pleased to present Marcia and Greg McLean:


Selecting quality choral and wind band repertoire is not just about picking a title out of a list. In this session, we will discuss a process to find appropriate music for your ensembles. References will be made to the SCF choral and band library.



The Saskatchewan Music Conference is an exciting annual event that brings the province's music community together to network and develop their skills.  This year's conference will take place at the Saskatoon Inn and will feature over 40 session in band, choral, classroom, music festival, technology and orchestral streams.  The conference starts Thursday evening with the Band and Choir rehearsals followed by a social for all delegates.

The Saskatchewan Music Conference is an initiative of the five provincial music organizations: the Saskatchewan Band Association, Saskatchewan Choral Federation, Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, Saskatchewan Music Festivals Association and the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association.


November 5-7, 2015 - Delta Regina