In the early 1980’s, access to provincial cultural funding was not available to amateur orchestral activities for both young and mature musicians. It was recommended to those who sought Provincial Trust monies for orchestras that a provincial organization be formed. Thus, the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association was incorporated in November of 1985.
Since then, the organization has grown to support and encompass virtually all orchestral groups and activities in the province, both amateur and professional. In 1992, an agreement was signed making SOA the provincial arm of the Association of Canadian Orchestras (now Orchestras Canada).
Our mission is to foster, support, and represent string and orchestral activities through advocacy, resource sharing and providing opportunities for learning and growth.
Our vision is an enhanced quality of life in Saskatchewan from stimulating a thriving orchestral community.
The programs and services developed and delivered by the SOA are designed for the following purposes:
The primary means used by the SOA to achieve these outcomes are:
President Adrian Casas
Vice-President Marshall Whelan
Secretary Wayne Toews
Treasurer Ken McCaw
Past President Jennifer Peak
Director Erin Foreman
Director Katie Gannon
Director Brent Gelsinger
Director Rebecca Hankins-Vopni
Director Doug Hilderman
Director Nicole Lasko
Director Barb Levorson
Director John Payzant
Director James Winkel
Executive Director Elaine Kaloustian