Saskatchewan Honour Groups

Welcome to the support website for 2020 Saskatchewan Honour Band and Choir.  Please use the sections below to find the information you need.

 

Band & Choir General Information

Band: Audition only.  For band audition requirements, click here.

Choir: Audition (given first priority) and recommendation (to fill any spaces left after successful auditions have been accepted).  For choir audition requirements, click here.

For sheet music for Art Thou Troubled (choir audition), click here.

This opportunity is open to any Saskatchewan student enrolled in Grade 9-12 at the start of the school year (September 2020).  Applicants are expected to perform at a high school level (or beyond) in all aspects of music.  Placement in an Honour Group is at the discretion of the auditioning adjudicators.  All auditions are anonymous. There is zero tolerance for auditions which contain “identity indicating” speech of any kind.

There is no audition fee for 2020. Students selected for participation will be required to pay a $100 registration fee. This fee covers the musical experience as well as covering the costs of adjudication, guest conductors, software, audio engineering, concert, music, SMEA button and postage. If you have any questions about your fee please contact smea@sasktel.net.

NEW THIS YEAR!

The Honour Groups recording of the concert will become available to purchase on iTunes in the Spring of 2021!  This will ensure we comply with all Canadian copyright restrictions.

The Honour Groups 2020 will take place in Saskatoon from Thursday, November 5th to Saturday, November 7th with Gala Concert at 4:30 PM, November 7th, 2020. The recorded performance will take place in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Music Conference, November 6-7th, 2020. Musicians failing to attend any rehearsal may be required to withdraw from their respective group.

Audition Information

Applicants are responsible for recording and uploading to the SMEA website a good quality recording of the audition materials required.  The SMEA website is able to accept submissions in either MP3 or M4A format.

1. Upload one file (MP3 or M4A) that includes all required elements for your audition.  If you are auditioning on more than one instrument/voice, a separate MP3 or M4A file and completed online form is required for each audition submitted.

2. DO NOT record (say) your name or the name of your school on the audition recording, but DO save the MP3 or M4A file itself with your name and instrument or voice part.

3. For the most accurate reproduction of your audition performance, record in a quiet space with the highest quality recording equipment available.  A student’s audition MP3 or M4A should be about 2MB.  Contact the registrar (katlyn.redding@pvsd.ca) if you have questions.

Submission: Each audition recording must be accompanied by the appropriate online form.

Any submissions to SMEA become the property of SMEA and will not be returned.

If you cannot send an MP3 or M4A, mail your audition recording (CD) to:

SMEA Registrar
313-5500A Parliament Ave
Regina, SK
S4W 0T3

Please contact Katlyn Redding, HG 2019 Chair for further answers to questions.

Tentative nomination/audition deadline is extended to May 31st, 2020, as well as percussion auditions are also extended until July 31st, 2020, . All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their recommendation within approximately 1 month of deadline.

Meet your Conductors

Jason Caslor

Dr. Jason Caslor assumed his duties as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Arizona State University (ASU) in the fall of 2019 after four years as their Associate Director of Bands and Orchestras. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the ASU Wind Bands program, he also directs the Wind Ensemble, mentors graduate conducting students, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. In concert, Dr. Caslor has collaborated with, among other ensembles, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Youth Band of Canada, the South Dakota All State Band, and the Alberta Wind Symphony. As a researcher and teacher, his efforts have lead to engagements in Sweden, Austria, Germany, and throughout North America.
From 2010-2015, he was assistant professor of instrumental conducting at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and oversaw the undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting programs. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as resident conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO). During his tenure with the TBSO, he conducted more than 75 concerts (including a CBC Radio national broadcast) and recorded a full-length, internationally distributed CD with Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli. Recipient of an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from Memorial University’s Students’ Union in 2012, Caslor also spent several years teaching in the public school system as an instrumental and choral educator.
Caslor completed his doctorate in conducting at Arizona State University. Prior to earning a master’s in conducting from the University of Manitoba, Canada, he earned dual bachelor in music and education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

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Cynthia Peyson Wahl is a graduate of the University of Regina music program. She later received a diploma in Jazz Studies with a vocal emphasis from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, where she sang in the Jazz Choir under the direction of Chandelle Rimmer. For fourteen years she taught vocal jazz and choir at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and was the Jazz Choir director at Canadian Mennonite University. At DMCI her choirs were featured performers at the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival and Choralfest Manitoba, and have presented Showcase concerts at the Podium conference and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in (2011, 2013 and 2017). In 2011 and 2012, her choirs won the Earl Grey Trophy for Outstanding performance by a choir at the Winnipeg Music Festival, and in 2011, her Chamber Choir won the Lieutenant Governor’s Trophy for most outstanding performance of the Winnipeg Music Festival.   In 2012, Cynthia was the recipient of the Michael Proudfoot award and the Bert Kroeker scholarship for excellence in choral teaching. Mrs. Peyson Wahl performs regularly as a vocalist and a flautist, and adjudicates and guest conducts frequently across Canada and the US.