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.
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Past Executive Director
John H. Schoen
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 2 or 3 concerts. When he was 17 he joined the Canadian Navy and then spent the next 5 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 period. 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 Ave. 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 2017-2018
President: Lindsay Johnston
Past President: Nina Mohr
Vice-President: Emily Prager
Secretary: Brenda Sparrow
Treasurers: Anne Leoppky, Catherine McCorkell
Carol Hanson, Librarian
Adrianna Dyskman, Member at large
Judy McCrosky, Member at large
Nancy Young, Member at large