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A Warm Welcome to our new Managing Consultant, Peter Sametz
The Saskatchewan Orchestral Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful completion of its search, and welcomes Peter Sametz to the role of Managing Consultant.
“We are thrilled to have Peter join the SOA,” said Curtis Scheschuk, President of the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association Board of Directors. “Peter has been such a major force in the Saskatchewan cultural scene. His connection to the orchestral world as a performer and an administrator makes him the ideal choice for us.”
“I'm very excited to be working with the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association,” said Sametz. “The SOA is an important part of the provincial arts ecology and has undergone thoughtful growth in recent years. I look forward to helping the Board continue the fine work of advancing the interests of orchestral music in Saskatchewan at all levels of development.”
“It feels great to hand the organization over to such a capable successor, especially someone who has a deep knowledge of and interest in orchestral music,” says previous SOA Executive Director Tara Solheim. She is moving on from her position with the SOA to pursue an opportunity to work more closely with the literary community as Executive Director of the Sage Hill Writing Experience.
Sametz has extensive experience in the Canadian orchestral community, both as a performer and an administrator. He brings considerable expertise to the SOA as a cultural manager, having served as a member of the senior management team at the Saskatchewan Arts Board for many years. He is also a founding member of the Provincial Steering Committee for Creative Kids Saskatchewan, on which he continues to sit.
Peter Sametz Full Bio:
Peter Sametz has extensive experience in the Canadian orchestral community, both as a performer and an administrator. He brings considerable expertise to the SOA as a cultural manager, having served as a member of the senior management team at the Saskatchewan Arts Board for many years. In that capacity he proposed and oversaw the Art at Work Initiative for the City of Regina Cultural Capital of Canada program  and managed several projects celebrating the Saskatchewan Centennial in 2005, including the installation of the mural at the Legislative Building unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2010 he negotiated and oversaw the co-production of the Love, Saskatchewan festival at Harbourfront in Toronto and also proposed and negotiated the terms for the Arts Board's management of granting programs on behalf of Access Copyright Foundation. He initiated the establishment of the Portail Culturel Fransaskois in partnership with the provincial and federal governments and oversaw its successful implementation [2011-2013]. In 2011 he developed the concept for the Legislative Building's 100th Anniversary Artist in Residence Initiative - the first of its kind in Canada - and led the Arts Board's role in the project. He successfully brokered numerous partnerships between the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture in support of a broad range of initiatives, including the Creative Partnerships program, ArtsSmarts/TreatySmarts, and the SaskFestivals and Gallery Grant programs.
A recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, Sametz was an advisory member of the Regina Arts Commission for over 15 years and was instrumental in the redevelopment of its adjudication processes. He was Assistant Vice-President for the Culture Division of the 2005 Canada Summer Games, with lead responsibility for the Blue Sky community projects. He is the founding treasurer of the national arts database CADAC, and served in that role for its first six years. He is also a founding member of the Provincial Steering Committee for Creative Kids Saskatchewan, on which he continues to sit.
As a professional musician, Sametz conceived of the chamber ensemble Orchestra Villaticus, which performs as The Village Orchestra, and wrote its incorporating documents. Sametz is in his 29th season as Assistant Principal Horn of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Sametz was nominated for a City of Regina Mayor's Business & the Arts Award [Excellence in Arts Management] in 2013.
Saskatchewan Orchestral Association
³ Our vision is to enhance the quality of life in Saskatchewan by stimulating a thriving orchestral community.
³ Our mission is to support, foster and represent string and orchestral activities through advocacy, resource sharing and providing opportunities for learning and growth.
Upcoming SOA Programs:
2016 SOA International Saito Conducting Workshop
July 16 to 23, 2016
Saskatoon, SK, Canada