Conducted by: Scott Leithead
The Kokopelli Youth Choir (Canada) was founded in 1996 on the vision of creating engaging and dynamic performances in diverse styles of choral music. With 50 to 60 auditioned members, most of whom are high school or university students, the choir makes its home in Edmonton, Alberta – a beautiful river city only hours from the Rocky Mountains, nestled in the heart of the Canadian prairies. Kokopelli is a favorite guest choir with the professional Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has been honoured to perform with outstanding guest artists and conductors from around the globe. Recent honours include first place in the 2015 and 2016 National Music Festival, as well as first place in the Youth Choir category in the Choral Canada Competition for Amateur Canadian Choirs in 2015.
Kokopelli has been a featured ensemble provincially, nationally, and internationally. Highlights include the Rocky Mountain National Music Festival, Podium (the biennial conference of Choral Canada), the Western regional conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the International Society of Music Educators conference (ISME). In addition to performances in many North American cities, the choir has performed in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Malaysia, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, and Zambia.
Kokopelli has received several honours, including the YMCA Peace Medal, the Edmonton Salute to Excellence, and the Syncrude award for Innovative Artistic Direction. The choir has two sister choirs in southern Africa: one in South Africa, and one in Namibia. Together, the choirs participate in annual membership exchanges, share music, and have travelled to visit one another on several occasions.