Founded in 1996, Kokopelli will celebrate its twenty-third season in 2018-2019. Kokopelli was the winner of the local and provincial music festivals in their class, and took second place nationally in 2018. The choir won the 2015 and 2016 National Choral Festival and placed first in their division in the CBC/Choral Canada Competition for Amateur Canadian Choirs in 2015. Although thrilled with these results, the choir’s goal remains to let the music be their motivation as they strive to provide a positive and excellent learning experience for all members in our choirs.
Kokopelli has been a featured ensemble at many events, provincially, nationally, and internationally. These include the Rocky Mountain National Music Festival, Podium (the biannual conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities), the regional conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the International Society of Music Educators conference, and others. In addition to many North American cities, the choir has toured to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, and Zambia.
Founded in 2002, Òran began as an alumni offshoot of the Kokopelli Youth Choir, but has since developed into a group made up of adults from all over Edmonton and the surrounding area. Each brings a different viewpoint to the group, but all are united in their passion for singing. The choir stresses the same philosophical goals as its younger counterpart, striving to achieve musical excellence and artistic integrity, as well as combining new interpretive techniques with more traditional choral expertise. Above all, the group is dedicated to sharing joy in song with each other, with other choirs, and with audiences around Edmonton and across Canada.
Òran has toured regularly throughout its history, with stops as close to home as Red Deer and Banff, ranging as far as Halifax, Cuba, and Germany. In 2017-2018, the choir enjoyed several engagements with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, as well as a tour to St. John’s, Newfoundland to participate in Podium, Canada’s biennial choral conference, in July 2018.