James Hawn, Director of Music

 James Hawn, Director of Music since 2003, has been active with the Saskatoon Chamber Singers for most of its history, and has been involved with singing and choirs for as long he can remember. Prior to his current appointment as Director, he was a long-time member of the bass section, and served as the choir’s president for ten years. James has also been actively involved in national and provincial choral organizations for over twenty-five years. He is a member of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation (SCF) and Choral Canada and has served for a number of years on both organizations’ boards. In 2006 he was presented with the SCF’s Pro Musica Award, which recognizes “exemplary service to choral music in Saskatchewan.” James was an English language arts teacher for thirty-two years with the Saskatoon Public Board of Education. During that time he also taught music, was involved in choral and church music, musicals, and drama both in the school system and in the community. He has regularly directed plays and musicals for Saskatoon’s Gateway Theatre and the Saskatoon Summer Players. Actively engaged with the broader cultural sector, he has served on the boards of TCU Place, the Broadway Theatre, and SaskCulture; and he is currently on the board of Persephone Theatre. He taught for six years in the Adult Basic Education department at SIAST (Saskatchewan Polytechnic).