Saskatchewan Choral Federation

Choral Week 2014

This year marked the Saskatchewan Choral Federation’s 35th Anniversary and we were pleased to announce that February 8 - 14, 2014 was officially declared Choral Week in Saskatchewan! With choral music being officially recognized in our province, this was the perfect opportunity for choristers to celebrate their choir, help choral music in Saskatchewan, and take advantage of available educational opportunities. The goals of Choral Week are to:

Celebrate – Because reflecting on who we are and where we have come from helps us see where we are going

Advocate – Because the rest of Saskatchewan needs to know why singing in choir is important 

Educate – Because choral education shapes individual lives, communities & our culture

Getting involved

Celebrate – Choral music has come a long way in Saskatchewan and we're pleased to be able to serve so many choirs.  See how choirs are making their mark on Saskatchewan!

Advocate – Congratulations to Prairie Spirit on winning the Sing For Your Community Contest!  Prairie Spirit had Brad and Tami Wall accompanying and performing in the choir, as well as 5 newcomers sing with the choir.  See their winning entry here!

Educate – On February 8 – 12, 2014, the first Optimist ChorFest Saskatchewan was held in Regina at Knox Metropolitan United Church. A total of 18 choirs from Esterhazy, Moose Jaw, Regina, Rosthern and Saskatoon took part in the festival. The clinicians were Dr. Elroy Friesen of Winnipeg, MB, Dr. Mark Sirett of Kingston, ON, and Jordan Travis of Burlington, ON.  Dr. Dominic Gregorio of Regina, SK was also a clinician on Wednesday, February 12. Find out more here >>

Additional Choral Week activities occurred in conjunction with ChorFest:

Treble Youth Choir Project On Saturday, February 8, Saskatchewan Choral Federation welcomed Cantate Senior Choir, Conservatory Juventus Chamber Choir and the Saskatoon Children’s Choir to Knox Metropolitan United Church for the first Treble Youth Choir Project.  The Treble Youth Choir Project was a day-long workshop that allowed Saskatchewan youth choirs to work exclusively with acclaimed guest clinician and conductor, Dr. Mark Sirett, on a selection of mass choir pieces.  Find out more here >>

Workshop With musica intima - On Sunday, February 9, 2014 high school and adult singers from Esterhazy, Kipling, Moose Jaw, Regina, Rosthern, Swift Current and Wymark attended a mixed voice workshop with Vancouver’s musica intima.  The workshop took place in the afternoon at Knox Metropolitan United Church and began with workshop participants loosening up with some vocal exercises before rehearsing several pieces with musica intima.  Find out more here >>

Noon Hour Concerts - February 10 – 12, 2014 Regina downtown residents were invited to savour the music and celebrate singing at ChorFest Saskatchewan’s “Music at Noon” Downtown Concert Series. Occurring everyday over the lunch hour at Knox Metropolitan United Church, a collection of musical styles and genres were offered including acclaimed a cappella choir, musica intima (Monday, February 10), as well as local favourites, Chris Henderson (Tuesday, February 11) and Jack Semple (Wednesday, February 12).  Find out more here >>

How did you celebrate Choral Week in Saskatchewan?