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Established in 1997 to meet the local need for an adult community orchestra, the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra is dedicated to bringing the joy of classical music to our community. Our orchestra is composed of both amateur and professional musicians who share a passion for performing and creating beautiful music together. We offer two concerts per year, with repertoire ranging from classical masterpieces to modern compositions. Our skilled musicians strive to deliver top-notch performances that will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.


Whether you’re looking for quality entertainment or a reason to get out of the house, the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra has everything you need to be dazzled. We hope you will join us for our upcoming concert and experience the magic of live classical music!



George Charpentier


George Charpentier studied the Kodaly Concept of Conducting in Hungary, the Orff and Saito Methods of Conducting in addition to pursuing instrumental studies on the clarinet and piano, as well as voice. He has taught instrumental music both in public schools and in private. He has lectured at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. Mr. Charpentier has also served as the Associate Director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. In addition to conducting the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra, he also conducts the Saskatoon Concert Band.


John H. Shoen

Past Executive Director

Born in Saskatoon in 1924, John Schoen began a lifetime career in music at the tender age of 5 when he learned to play the coronet. By the age of 15, he had already conducted two or three concerts. At 17, he joined the Canadian Navy and spent the next five years as the coronet player in the 23rd Wing (Auxiliary) RCAF Band. During the late 1940s, he conducted the Saskatoon Boy's Band and the Concert Band. The Concert Band has been in existence for over 60 years and under three different names during that time. It has been called the Saskatoon Concert Band since 1964. In addition to the Concert Band, Mr. Schoen also founded the Auxiliary Band and the Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra. In his honour, the rehearsal hall on Avenue V North has been renamed the John H. Schoen Rehearsal Hall. We deeply mourn the passing of John Schoen on Oct. 3, 2017.

Board of Directors

2023 - 2024

Seth Schacter


Alex Brooks


Laura Wu


Judy Kernohan


Catherine McCorkell


Carol Hanson


Jordan Clarke

Member at Large

Lauren Aubrey

Member at Large

Staci Nahirney

Member at Large

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