Saskatchewan Orchestral Association

³ Our vision is to enhance the quality of life in Saskatchewan by stimulating a thriving orchestral community.

³ Our mission is to support, foster and represent string and orchestral activities through advocacy, resource sharing and providing opportunities for learning and growth.                                  ______________________________________________________________________________



SOA 2018 Bursary Program

Deadline for Applications: Monday, April 9, 2018

The Saskatchewan Orchestral Association (SOA) is pleased to announce that applications for assistance through the SOA Bursary Program will be accepted until April 9 2018. The Bursary Program assists SOA members to participate in summer musical development activities.

Please click on this link for detailed information.


Pedagogy workshop card



The 2018 Saskatchewan Orchestral Association 

International Saito Conducting Workshop 

with Wayne Toews

July 21 to 28 in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.  

Details are posted at

This world-class workshop offers generous podium time with pianists and a professional string orchestra. This is the 13th annual workshop that has earned rave reviews from musicians worldwide. Conductors of bands, choirs and orchestras at all levels will learn how to make their gestures more precise and expressive. The fee for the workshop is very affordable compared to other opportunities, and current exchange rates for the Canadian dollar make it even more so.

"The workshop is still one of the greatest life changing moments in my career!"  -  Dr. Scott MacLennan

"I had the most amazing time this week at the International Saito Conducting Workshop! I learned SO much that I will continue to use every day in my conducting life. I'm so grateful to Wayne Toews Sensei for his high degree of expertise and warm supportive approach to teaching. He is a true Maestro!"  - Dr. Dominic Gregorio

"This workshop was a life-changing experience. The combination of a clear, concise methodology and sequential pedagogy coupled with a vocabulary of gestures make the Saito method superior.  Mr. Toews is a
gifted musician and teacher and the entire experience was incredible."     -- Dr. Philip Baldwin 

After watching my rehearsal video, my prof remarked on how exceptionally clear and precise my right hand was, that my stick technique was incredible, and "some of the best he's ever seen." ... the baton is so expressive and clear ...Wayne Toews taught me that!"  - Taina Lorenz, doctoral candidate.

More information is available on the website or from Wayne Toews:


phone: 306.373.6408

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