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NYB Virtual Concert Premiere 2021!

Congratulations, NYB 2021!

The Virtual National Youth Band of Canada 2021 had their NYB concert watch party - here they are performing pieces by Alex Shapiro, Pete Meechan, William Boyce, Jack Sirulnikoff, and Tom Davoren!

Use the link below to watch the full concert!

NYB Concert Link HERE

Welcome Prince Edward Island Band Association!

Welcome to the Prince Edwards Island Band Association! The PEIBA is just developing and looking forward to adding their voice at the CBA table and we couldn't be more excited.

Make sure to "like" their Facebook page and support them as they get their first events organized.

Congratulations to Alison Meadows Peters and the team in getting this off the ground - we are all very excited for what the future holds for the band scene in your province!

Check out more CBA Chapters including PEIBA on the CBA website using the link below. 

CBA Provincial Chapters

PEI Facebook Concert Band Community Forum

2021 Wind Conducting Symposium – July 7-8

With Dr. Shelley Axelson (Montclair State University) and Dr. Robert Taylor (University of British Columbia) and UofT’s Gillian MacKay and Jeffrey Reynolds.

Designed for teachers and conductors at all levels.

1:00-4:00pm both days - Online

Cost: $25.00 for both afternoons - $15 for one afternoon

Deadline to Register: July 1, 2021

For more info and to register please visit the link below.


Women in Jazz Event - Saturday June 5, 2021
          special guest Camille Thurman

Save the date: Saturday June 5 - 11:00AM, Central Time 

This event is being organized and presented by the the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra and will feature a keynote, sessions, history, and educator track for all jazz enthusiasts with a focus on the history of women jazz artists, and what the future holds for women is jazz.

Additional information will be available soon on the WJO website.

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Website

SJO - Play Along at Home Initiative

SJO releases music to play along with at home!

The SJO has put together a collection of charts and music to play along to, available to everyone on their website.

These are medium/advanced level charts by Saskatchewan composers.

They were inspired by their friends over at the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, who have their own collection of play along music.

Please use the link provided to access their Play Along at Home music tracks! 

Play Along At Home - SJO Website

A Time to Share Expanding our Musical and Cultural Perspectives

A Time To Share: May 26th, 2021 7PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time

A Time to Share: Expanding our Musical and Cultural Perspectives is an initiative designed to enable music education, particularly band programs, to continue to be relevant, responsible, and respectful to the evolving musical and cultural realities of our communities. A series of online professional development workshops targeting pre-service, and new teachers to the profession, workshop information will be provided on this website, through the CBA e-news, and through provincial chapters. 

Registration is now available! Please visit the link HERE: CANADIAN BAND ASSOCIATION Website

With Selections by Matt Neufeld and Christian Overton

Canadian Jazz & Concert Band Repertoire Features will be available monthly. 

Simply click the link below to access the CBA website and you will be able to open the month of choice, read the reviews, and find links to the score and/or recordings.

CBA would like to thank Pauline Courcelles-Chabot for the translations that appear on the website. 

Canadian Repertoire Features

Music and Wellbeing Conference 2021 - May 28th and 29th

The University of Saskatchewan Music Department is hosting the Music and Wellbeing 2021 conference May 28 & 29. The keynote speaker is Daniel Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on MusicThe World in Six Songs and Successful Aging

Daniel J. Levitin is an award-winning neuroscientist, musician, and best-selling author. His research encompasses music, the brain, health, productivity, and creativity. 

Levitin has published more than 300 articles, in journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. His research has been featured over 1900 times in the popular press. 

As a musician (tenor saxophone, guitar, vocals, and bass), he has performed with Mel Tormé, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Victor Wooten, and Tom Scott. Levitin has produced and consulted on albums by artists including Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and on the films Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction, and has been awarded 17 gold and platinum records.  

For more information about the sessions please use the link HERE: Music and Wellbeing UofS Website

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 España by Glen Gillis.

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

High School Select Wind Orchestra Compilation.m4a

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 


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

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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