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Resonate Online Music Conference 2021

Join Resonate Online for three amazing days of sessions, workshops, performances, and q & a’s where students and teachers will have the chance to experience Resonate and interact with our most prestigious lineup of world class musicians yet. 

See the attached flyers: RESONATE 2021 POSTER.png / Resonate Teacher PD Poster.png

For more information go to  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! 

18th Annual High School Select Wind Orchestra 1st Virtual Recording Project

The 2021 USHSSWO involved over 60 students from 23 different high schools from around the Province last January, engaging them in an online workshop and a recording project. This year was special as the Department of Music sponsored a commission from Paul Suchan, alum of the Dept of Music. From the title of the piece, a (H)armlessly (S)ensible and (S)incere (W)alk (O)utside, Paul tailored the piece to the ensemble. Other selections included: Jenny - an arrangement by Spencer Krips (graduate from the U of S Dept of Music), Into the Blue by Cait Nishimura, and Galope EspaƱa by Glen Gillis.

Below is an audio sample of all four selections from the recording project:

High School Select Wind Orchestra Compilation.m4a

Music Theory with Robin!

Let Music Theory make YOU a Better Band Musician!

Join Robin Tinani for this fantastic, energetic 6-week Intro to Music Theory course designed to give students the tools they need, in order to gain a deeper understanding of their music.

Learning music theory helps students understand how music is written, and how to interpret musical notes. When it comes to learning an instrument, music theory teaches students to understand the importance of notation, keys, scales, intervals, pitch, melody, harmony and more.

The 6-week course will cover:

Treble & Bass notes, the staff & how to use a piano keyboard

Time signatures & note values

Key signatures & scales

Chords & arpeggios

Melody Writing


Please note: This course is offered Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30pm. Participants will be expected to also complete some work between weekly classes.

About the Instructor - Robin Tinani

A member of SBA's Clinician Bureau, Robin’s love of music began with piano lessons at age 5. She switched from piano to flute in Grade 6 - joining her friends in Grade 6 school band and never looked back!

Growing up Robin was active in the Regina Lions Junior Band, playing flute in the concert band and piccolo in the marching band. She completed her Bachelors of Flute Performance at Brandon University and her Masters in Flute Performance at the University of Regina.

Robin has been provided instruction at many different SBA Band Camps, honour bands and beginner band clinics. While raising a family, she has also has maintained a busy home studio where she teaches Royal Conservatory of Music theory regularly.

Sign Up for Robins course here:

Online Semi-Private Lessons!

Thanks to generous support of the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation and the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, the SBA is providing dedicated band students anywhere in Saskatchewan with an opportunity to receive semi-private instrument specific instruction.

Thanks to the funding support, the 6 week lesson set is being offered at a 50% Discount!

We have limited space available. The half-hour semi-private lessons will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30PM - 7:30PM beginning the week of March 29 & concluding the week of May 10 (with the Easter Break week off).Participants will sign up for a 6 week set of lessons on their preferred day. The exact time of the lesson will be provided by SBA once all registrations have been received. Lesson time could be at any point within the 4:30 - 7:30pm lesson timeslot. Most often Junior lessons will be scheduled earlier and Intermediate/Advanced a bit later.

The Semi-Private Lesson Set provides:

-Top quality instruction from our SBA Clinician Bureau team / experts on each instrument

-6 weeks of 30 minute online sessions [no session during Easter Break Week]

-Targeted instruction for EACH student

-Most importantly - a chance to PLAY your instrument!

The program will be delivered entirely online with one virtual lesson per week. Participants must have at least 6 months of instruction in Band or on their instrument. Semi-Private Lessons are available for:

Juniors: musicians with 6 months - 2 years of experience on their instrument (eg grade 6 - 8)

Intermediate: musicians with 3 - 4 years of experience on their instrument (eg grade 9/10)

Advanced: musicians with over 4 years of experience on their instrument OR intermediate level with additional private lesson training.

When registering, please be sure to select the most suitable level based on your skills and instrument specific training. Participants will be placed into pairs or trios for their lessons and every effort will be made to align musicianship levels to maximize training time.

Thanks to the generous support of the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation and the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, we are offering the program at a 50% price discount - the total cost is ONLY $60.00 for the entire 6 lesson set!

Questions? Contact the SBA office at or 306-993-9729

Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before March 31 will receive a full refund. Once the program has begun registrations are non-refundable.

Monday Private Lesson Sign Up:

Tuesday Private Lesson Sign Up:

Wednesday Private Lesson Sign Up:

National Arts Centre Music Alive Program

The National Arts Centre, through its Music Alive Program, would like to invite you to participate in its Band Intensive Online Professional Development sessions.

Since 2006, the NAC Music Alive Program has inspired and encouraged active participation in the arts to foster creativity, personal growth, and healthy communities, particularly in rural and remote regions of Canada. The NAC Music Alive Program brings Teaching Artists to schools in rural communities at little or no cost. With the advent of online learning, NAC has been at the forefront of online Arts presentations. The MAP Band Intensive is in its fourth year. Previously, MAP teaching artists would offer clinics and perform with Band students in rural schools. This year, we are offering Professional Development sessions for Rural Saskatchewan Band Teachers.

Please see and use the attached invitation letter and application form as needed. 

Band Intensive invitation letter 2021.pdf 


UofR/UofS Department of Music Auditions for Music Degree Programs

University of Regina

Auditions are taking place remotely this year. Contact the Department ( for details about audition requirements.

Return electronic audition packages by March 13, 2021 to be considered for music-department scholarships.

For more information visit the U of R Website or view the poster below.

poster - Auditioning for the U of R Music Department - 2021.pdf

University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan Department of Music B.Mus. & M.Mus. audition dates are March 6 & April 17, 2021.

For more information and/or to schedule a virtual audition contact Allison Fairbairn <>. 

To start the auditions process go to and click on "Become A Student”. 

The UofS Dept. of Music offers over $100,000 annually in music department-specific scholarships.  

For more information about the department check out our Department of Music Winter 2021 newsletter: 

Band Teacher Needed!

Application Procedure:
Apply online as soon as possible.  Online applications may be completed from the Employment page of the Sun West School Division or by accessing the following link:
While all applications are appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Sun West School Division invites applications for a Full-time (1.0 F.T.E.) Temporary Band/Music Teacher in Elizabeth Middle School, Kindersley, SK and Westcliffe Composite School, Marengo, SK, starting March 17, 2021 and ending June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension. The teaching assignment for Elizabeth Middle School is Band 5/6. The teaching assignment for Westcliffe Composite School includes Band 4/5, Band 6/7, Band 8 to 12, Health 4/5, Practical and Applied Arts 6/7, Practical and Applied Arts 8/9 and Social Studies 8. The teaching assignment is scheduled as 3 full days of the 6 day cycle in each school.  Sun West School Division will confirm employment upon receipt of a satisfactory Criminal Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check.
For further information, please contact Tammy Diemert, Principal, Elizabeth Middle School at or Karen Jeffries, Principal, Westcliffe Composite School at

Canada West Performing Arts Festival

The provincial performing arts festival associations of Western Canada have partnered to present the Canada West Performing Arts Festival (CWPAF)! 

The CWPAF will be held in rotation with Saskatchewan hosting in the summer of 2022, Alberta hosting in 2023, and British Columbia hosting in 2024. 

To learn more about the Canada West Performing Arts Festival, please see the attached pdf. 

CWPAF Press Release Draft (final).pdf

Whit Firor Music Scholarship

The Saskatoon Community Foundation (SCF) is honoured to administer the Whit Firor Music Scholarship to support talented young musicians in our province. It was Dr. Firor's wish “that such scholarship be used to support advanced study for particularly talented students who intend to pursue a career in music.” 

The SCF offers a sizeable scholarship annually to a promising student seriously studying music. 

Application deadline is May 1st.

For more information or to apply visit: Dr. Whitmer Firor Music Scholarship

2021 Sask Orchestral Assoc.International Saito Conducting Workshop

The 2021 Saskatchewan Orchestral Association’s International Saito Conducting workshop will be held in Saskatoon from July 17 to 24.

Participants will work with an experienced instructional team led by Wayne Toews and a profession ensemble. 

You can view the workshop pdf here2021 SOA conducting workshop press release.pdf

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