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.


The Saskatchewan Honour Orchestra ls welcoming auditions from accomplished youth string players!

The 2016 Saskatchewan Honour Orchestra is accepting auditions for musicians interested in performing in a string orchestra under the direction of Janna Sailor. Originally from Saskatoon, Janna Sailor currently conducts the Vancouver Youth Symphony Debut Orchestra and assumed the roles of Assistant Conductor with both the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2015-16 season. Janna also enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and freelance violinist, performing with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and Tafelmusik.

This year's Saskatchewan Honour Groups rehearsal weekend and concert will be in Saskatoon, November 17-19. lt will be televised on SaskTelMax, and is great advocacy for programs across the province. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to work with a talented guest conductor, and to connect with other accomplished musicians from across the province.

Contributing studio and school teachers are acknowledged in the program.

Please note the extended audition deadline of 

June 3, 2016. 

Complete information about auditions can be found on the Honour Groups website:

Questions? Contact Katya MacDonald, 2016 Honour Orchestra Coordinator



2016 SOA International Saito Conducting Workshop
July 16 to 23, 2016
Saskatoon, SK, Canada


1610 Morgan Ave.     Saskatoon, Sask.  S7H 2S1

Telephone:  (306) 373-6408           Cellular: (306) 230-7607

June 23, 2016 Press Release

For immediate release

The 2016 Saskatchewan Orchestral Association’s International Saito Conducting workshop with Wayne Toews will welcome thirteen participants from Canada, the United States and Mexico.  The workshop will conclude with a recital beginning at 

2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23rd in Grosvenor Park United Church, 407 Cumberland Avenue South, Saskatoon.  There is no admission charge. Because recordings requiring a quiet audience will be made for the conductors, the recital may not be suitable for all.

A string orchestra of local professionals will perform for the conductors. Among the featured works is the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock.  Atardecer Tapatio, a new work by Mexican-American composer Jose Elizondo, is also in the repertoire.  Other composers whose works will be played include Lehar, Mascagni, Mendelssohn, Raminsh, Spohr, Toews, von Weber and Zuckerman.

This is the eleventh international workshop for conductors instructed by Wayne Toews in Saskatoon.  Mr. Toews has also given conducting workshops in Brazil, Boston and Memphis, TN.  Many of his students have established careers as professional conductors and teachers. Saskatoon conductor George Charpentier will also instruct. Both Mr. Toews and Mr. Charpentier studied conducting with Prof. Morihiro Okabe from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo.

The Saskatchewan Orchestral Association receives funding from SaskCulture thanks to the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.


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