Governor (Saskatchewan) 2011-2013
Skip Kutz, a Saskatchewan based musician and university educator, has studied with Guy Fallot of the Paris Conservatory and Warren Benfield, principal bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a performer, he has played with many ensembles including the Orchestre Jeunesses Musicales, the Congress of Strings as well as the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. As a contemporary journeyman bassist, he has performed with Colin James, the Mamas and Papas, Almeta Speaks, Sierra Noble and many other artists across Canada.
Skip has been active in the arts advocacy field, serving as the three-term president of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, representing 65 arts organizations in the province. In this role, he shepherded the Status of the Artists Act to second reading in the provincial legislature, and negotiated a major increase in Saskatchewan Arts Board funding. He also served as the president of the Saskatoon Musicians’ Association, president of CJUS-FM (University Radio) and as a board member of the 25th Street Theatre. In 2008 and 2009, Skip was asked to lend his expertise in the area of jazz as one of the jurists for the Juno Awards.
Over the years, Skip has performed on CBC Radio and TV, Global Television, CTV and on more than 30 recordings. In addition, he was the executive producer for the Saskatoon Symphony’s anniversary CD, Passionscape. He continues to perform and is currently a faculty member at the Gabriel Dumont Institute at the University of Saskatchewan.