Attention Aspiring Musicians
We are Looking for You!

Would you like to learn to play an orchestral instrument?

Do you think it’s too expensive to try?

The cost of private instruction can be a barrier to aspiring orchestral musicians. A new SOA program is available for beginner students who live in Saskatchewan, that offers up to $600 of funding for private lessons.

While youth is our priority, this opportunity is open to anyone who has never played an orchestral instrument. Anyone who has not played an instrument in many years and wants to take private lessons to then join a community orchestral group is considered a beginner for this purpose. Priority is given to string instruments, but all orchestral instruments are welcome.

Applicants must be beginners starting private lessons with a qualified teacher, and the teacher cannot have a familial relationship with the student. The scholarship does not include books, strings, or equipment.

Successful applicants must secure an instructor within 30 days of approval. All funded lessons end December 31, 2023.  

The program has limited space and funds, and applications will be accepted until September 15 or while funds are available. Adjudication will be based on SOA’s priorities (

The program is intended to support new orchestral students by providing a monetary grant for beginner lessons. Eligible applicants are citizens or permanent residents of Canada living in Saskatchewan, and eligible activities include private lessons for new students with a qualified, independent orchestral instructor. The SOA grant will cover up to $600 in instructor fees, paid directly to the instructor.


How to Find Qualified Teachers

These are some suggested places to find qualified orchestral teachers (linked below)

Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers Association (SRMTA)

Saskatchewan Fiddler’s Corner

Fiddle Teacher List

Suzuki Certified Instructor

Conservatory of Performing Arts

Music Teacher’s Directory

Music Teacher’s Directory (violin specific)

Sask Music Directory


Saskatchewan Orchestral Association


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Please note: the SOA office will be closed from April 19- May 11. All emails will be responded to after May 11.