Fresh. Homegrown. Inspired. Original.

Striving to bring the chamber music concert experience into the 21st century, the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival showcases exciting, Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe. Ritornello Fest is co-directed by violinist Carissa Klopoushak and pianist Jacqueline Woods. Their common goal is to provide Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative, fresh concerts performed by young, engaging musicians of the highest quality, with special attention to those who were born and raised in the Prairies.

Saskatchewan’s one and only chamber music festival takes place annually the last weekend of May in downtown Saskatoon.

Artistic Directors

Carissa Klopoushak
Carissa KlopoushakViolin
Carissa Klopoushak has made a name for herself as a curious, creative, and versatile violinist. She recently moved to Ottawa, where she is a proud member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

A charismatic and engaging performer, her playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. Laureate of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition and and the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank Competition, she has toured extensively across Canada, has performed at Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and for Debut Atlantic, and spent three months touring Australia and the U.S. with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Carissa holds a doctorate in violin performance from McGill University. She is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival in her hometown, Saskatoon.

A proud Ukrainian-Canadian, Carissa plays and sings in a Ukrainian folk-rock band, Tyt i Tam, who will be touring Ukraine this summer. She grew up singing and playing Ukrainian folk music, and continues to do so whenever she can.


Jacqueline Woods
Jacqueline WoodsPiano
Canadian pianist Jacqueline Woods is known for exciting, dynamic playing and accessible presentation.She commands a wide range of repertoire but has a particular love for the world of chamber music.

Jacqueline’s musical career has taken her around the world – from Budapest to New York. She is an advanced candidate of the SUNY Doctor of Musical Arts program and holds additional degrees from the University of Ottawa, the University of Saskatchewan, the London College of Music and Hungary’s Liszt Academy of Music.

These days, you’ll find Jacqueline working as a communications consultant and pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School, where she focuses on Aboriginal Economic Development and enjoys traveling to communities across the province. In her spare time, she performs chamber music, advocates for the arts, renovates her 100-year-old home and spends time at Wakaw Lake with her husband and miniature dachshund.

Operations Manager

Megan Grier

Soprano Megan Grier is no stranger to the arts. Currently finishing the Arts and Culture Management program at MacEwan University, Megan has found the perfect fit to combine her love of making music and using her expertise in the business field. Over the years she has been involved in numerous concerts, fundraising efforts, volunteer boards, and event planning. She has worked with the University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers, Saskatoon Opera, and the Saskatoon Chamber Singers both on and off the stage. She is excited to continue her work as Operations Manager with Ritornello Chamber Music Festival. With a love of all things local, Megan looks forward to furthering the growth of the arts in Saskatoon.

Board of Directors

Alex Brooks, Chair
William Buschert, Secretary

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