Saskatchewan Choral Federation

Saskatchewan Youth Choir



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Saskatchewan Youth Choir is an exciting opportunity for talented youth ages 15 – 21 to perform in an SATB balanced choir with the best singers in Saskatchewan. The program develops singers ready to participate in premier vocal ensembles across Canada.  Singers will be eligible to represent Saskatchewan as part of the National Youth Choir and as part of other, provincially-sponsored choral projects.

As part of their training, singers will prepare a varied program of exciting repertoire designed to enthrall audiences of all ages.  The Choir will share their choral proficiency with high school and community ensembles in workshop scenarios and perform at schools, senior residences and community facilities while touring Saskatchewan.

The Choir will perform under the direction of Mr. Duff Warkentin, an accomplished choral director with a significant and varied career as a choral singer, conductor, clinician and adjudicator,  A Saskatchewan native, his post-secondary studies include degrees from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, University of Waterloo and the University of Regina.  He has served as Music Director at Rosthern Junior College, taught and conducted choirs at the University of Saskatchewan, served as Choral Artist in Residence in the Battlefords and Rosthern, and conducted a number of community and church choirs as well. He is the founding conductor of the Station Singers of Rosthern and the Saskatoon Symphony Chorus.  He has had the privilege of singing under the direction of conductors such as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Jon Washburn.

Number of Voices: 24 – 36 singers

Dates: NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE - MAY 2017 for the August 2017 – March 2018 program

Singers must be prepared to commit to final rehearsal and tour dates that will be posted in May.  The following information is preliminary and to be confirmed:

Late August 2017 – Rehearsal / Sectionals (2 1/2 days)

Early October 2017 – Rehearsal (2 days)

Late October 2017 – Tour & Joint Performances with Alberta Youth Choir (4 days)

Early January 2018 – Rehearsal - Regina (2 days)

Mid-March 2018 – Rehearsal, Tour Workshops & Concerts (3 1/2 days)

Cost: $650 (maximum)

Includes choral training (sectionals, rehearsals & workshops); most meals at weekend rehearsals and on tour; and tour travel and accommodations.  Travel to and from rehearsal weekends and the tour will not be covered  Some meals are not included.  Singers will be responsible for their own accommodations for weekend rehearsals, although some billeting will be available.

SYC applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Questions: Contact Sheryl at 1-877-524-6725 or email