Founded in 1996, Kokopelli celebrates its twenty-second season in 2017/2018. Kokopelli was the winner of the local and provincial music festivals in their class, and took second place nationally in 2017. 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.
Kokopelli is often the ambassador for the choir association and, as such, has received several awards for its work with youth, music education, and the African Projects Fund. In 2015, the choir was featured at the Canadian Music Educators National Conference in Winnipeg. In the summer of 2017, the choir undertook a tour to Italy and Switzerland to participate in a festival on the Lake Garda, among other adventures. The upcoming season includes tours to Saskatchewan in February and to the Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in April. They are also planning a return tour to South Africa and Namibia in the summer of 2018.