COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of 2019-2020 Season Closers

Dear Kokopelli Choirs supporters and friends,

As you know, it’s been a tumultuous month for our organization. Although we desperately miss getting together to make music, we’re thrilled at the many ingenious strategies our artistic staff have devised to connect with their choirs online. There has been no shortage of love, learning, and fellowship.

We are also proud of our board’s commitment to carry on paying our amazing artistic and administrative team, in recognition of the dedication and loyalty they have always shown us in better times. They continue to work hard and be innovative in moving our programming online.

That said, given the ongoing crisis, the board has made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining concerts planned for this season. If the crisis eases drastically in the next couple of months, you may see some type of performance this summer, featuring at least a few of our ensembles.

Please understand that we’re deeply disappointed too. We live to share music, with each other and with our audience. We're staggered to think our performance season is over.

Because we are a community nonprofit, these cancellations cause us fiscal pain as well. We rely on concert revenues. We will need help from our community—at least, those who are in a position to contribute. 

We're also taking time to look forward to brighter days ahead. We continue to monitor the evolving situation in the hope our 2020-2021 season can begin as planned in September.

With love and music in our hearts,

Kokopelli Choirs

Help carry our song to the world!

We have thrilling, mind-blowing news, but we need your help to make it happen.

Kokopelli Youth Choir has been invited to perform as a featured choir at the IFCM World Choral Expo (WCE) (www.worldchoralexpo.com), taking place in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2019. The WCE is attended by thousands of choral singers and conductors from across the globe. The festival’s artistic committee selects just 6-10 world-renowned choirs as featured guests. We are deeply honoured to be the only choir representing Canada.

Clearly, our young artists have built an international reputation for their genuine, thoughtful, and artistic performances. We at Kokopelli Choirs are incredibly proud of their hard work, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.

As you can imagine, for an event (and audience) with this level of prestige, it is essential that every singer is able to participate, so that Kokopelli can put its best foot forward. This is not a tour; it is not a pleasure trip. Our singers are university students and high school students with part-time jobs. Some of them contribute to monthly living costs for their families, and some are from families brand-new to Canada. Others are here on their own from other parts of Canada. In short, this trip is a massive opportunity, but also a significant sacrifice.

Kokopelli Choirs are determined to help make this opportunity possible for the choir. It is our goal to cover the flight costs for each singer.

Flights are $1500. We have 50 singers. Therefore, we are aiming for $1500 x 50—a total goal of $75,000. It's ambitious, but these singers have worked so hard, and truly, they deserve our support. Choristers plan to contribute about $1200 each, of their own money, for other tour expenses.

Please consider sponsoring a singer with a donation of $1500. If $1500 is not possible for you, we encourage you to donate what you can. Truly, every dollar helps.

The Kokopelli Choir Association is a registered charity and can accept tax deductible donations and issue tax receipts. You can donate in a number of ways:
  • Online at www.atbcares.com/donate. This is our preferred method, because ATB waives fees, provides tax receipts, and adds matching funds to many of the donations. Find us by typing ‘Kokopelli’ in the search box. Enter ‘World Choir Expo’ in the comment box.
  • By cheque: Make your cheque out to Kokopelli Choir Association, leave it with your favourite chorister or mail it to PO Box 68110 Bonnie Doon, Edmonton, AB T6C 4N6
  • By e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If donating by cheque or e-transfer, be sure to include your name and address in the message box so we can send you a receipt. In all donation cases, write ‘World Choir Expo’ in either the comment box or memo line so we know where to direct your donation.

With much love, and many thanks,

Kokopelli

Kokopelli YouTube video tops a half million views


Sometime on the afternoon of February 22, 2018, Kokopelli's YouTube cover of Coldplay's "Fix You" surpassed a jaw-dropping milestone when the 500,000th viewer clicked "Play." The video has been an enduring viral hit ever since it was uploaded in 2013. It has helped build a worldwide audience for our YouTube channel, with over 10,000 new views every week—and a current lifetime total of nearly 1.3 million.

To view "Fix You," click here.

Kokopelli welcomes newest exchange chorister


Kokopelli Choirs are thrilled to welcome their 16th exchange chorister. Sokhi Mfenyana will be living in Edmonton and singing with Kokopelli and Òran until mid-July 2018, representing her home choir (and Kokopelli's South African sister choir) University of Pretoria Youth Choir (UPYC). We look forward to introducing Sokhi to Edmonton audiences, and to providing her with an eventful and fulfilling exchange experience. Welcome, Sokhi!