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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.

The festival was divided into performance & workshop “pods” that each consisted of 1 – 3 choirs. Choirs came for their scheduled pod and following a 15-minute warm-up, performed for 15 minutes for the clinicians and the other choirs in their pod. Following each performance, choirs received a 15-minute on stage adjudication from one of the clinicians.  Once each choir had performed and worked with a clinician on stage, they moved to separate areas to work more intensively with another clinician for 30 minutes. There were two pods for everyday of the festival except Wednesday (half day). 

ChorFest itself began Saturday afternoon with 3 choirs scheduled - University of Regina Concert Choir, Harmony 2 Go and Conservatory Juventus Chamber Choir.

Additional choral performances occurred on Sunday morning with the Saskatoon Children’s Choir performing at Prince of Peach Lutheran Church, and Rosthern Junior College Chorale performing at Grace Mennonite Church in Regina. Sunday afternoon two choirs attended the clinics – Saskatoon Children’s Choir and Campion Schola.

In addition to the regular programmed events, Monday morning started with live interviews with CTV news featuring Rosthern Junior College Chorale. They arrived at 7:15 am and were plunged right into performing. Clinics began at 9:15 with Rosthern and Miller Catholic High School Concert Choir.

Monday afternoon’s clinic participants were Winston Knoll Collegiate Chamber Choir and Esterhazy Junior Glee.

Tuesday saw a full day of groups. The morning pod included Winston Knoll Collegiate Junior and Senior Choir and Campbell Collegiate Chamber Choir. The afternoon pod participants were Sheldon Williams Junior and Senior Concert Choirs and Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School Chamber Choir.

Wednesday morning’s groups included Thom Collegiate Concert Choir, Johnson Collegiate Concert Choir and Moose Jaw’s Central Collegiate Concert Choir.  Thank you clinicians, participants, volunteers & sponsors for your help in making Optimist ChorFest Saskatchewan 2014 a success!

Comments

Yesterday was fabulous! Jr. Glee loved singing in Knox and being schooled by the best in Canada. Kathy Stokes (Esterhazy Jr Glee Director)

'Bravo' and 'Brava' on a well-organized, very inspiring ChorFest 2014! Kathy Stokes (Esterhazy Jr Glee Director)

I sure had an AMAZING time being part of the first ChorFest and I would love to come back and help if there's ever the chance. Jordan Travis (Clinician)

I had a great time.  Sask always knows how to host! –Elroy Friesen (Clinician)

 

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