The Saskatoon Oratorio Society was formed in 1953 by Victor Kviesis, Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, to sing oratorio with the Symphony. In 1959-60 the name was changed to the Saskatoon Choral Society. SCS is the longest-lived singing group in Saskatoon (independent of church groups) with a broad choral repertoire.
In the early days, the Society sang either the Christmas or the Easter Messiah at the Third Avenue United Church with the Symphony. Since 1976, however the Saskatoon Choral Society has been performing on its own at fall and spring concerts. Some favourites of both audiences and members alike include Gilbert & Sullivan's Mikado (Castle Theatre) and Judas Maccabaeus (Emmanuel Baptist Church); Vivaldi's Gloria, Rutter's Requiem and Gloria, Faure's Requiem, Broadway medleys from South Pacific, Sound of Music, Oliver, The Music Man, Les Miserables and songs like African Noel, Make a Joyful Noise, All in an April Evening and more recently, playful melodies like The Teddy Bears' Picnic and The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan. The list goes on...... The chorus has performed at community events like the Kiwanis Carol Festival, Remembrance Day Services, Festival of Faith, SunDog Fair, the Meewasin Tree Planting Ceremony and many concerts at senior residences and homes.
The Saskatoon Choral Society is proud to present the Memorial Scholarship given in memory of Celia Hunt and Bertha Gordon to the winner of the Oratorio Class at the Saskatoon Music Festival. Naomi Friesen, our past Director, has been the recipient of this award. The Saskatoon Choral Society has also presented scholarships to the Choral Federation's Junior and Teen Choir Camps.
The Saskatoon Choral Society supports the musical community of Saskatoon, often inviting guest artists or groups to perform during concerts. Both young, emerging musicians and well-known individuals have participated.
The Saskatoon Choral Society is very proud of its long history and the quality of choral music it has brought to the community over its sixty years. The group continues into its next sixty years with a strong membership, and with music in our hearts and souls.