Kokopelli Choir Association’s executive director Kathleen Luyk, B.Mus. (University of British Columbia, 2003), M.Mus. Choral Conducting (University of Alberta, 2005), is in her twentieth season with Òran and her tenth season with Vacilando. Kathleen (Katy) is also a proud alumna of Kokopelli. As a conductor, Katy strives to pair a well-researched pedagogy of excellence with the notion that choral singing is an incredible force in building community.
As a conductor and composer on the Alberta choral scene, Katy has been engaged as a clinician, guest conductor, vocal coach, and adjudicator for choirs and singers around Canada. Most recently, Katy appeared as an adjudicator at the Cantando festival in Sun Peaks, Edmonton, and Whistler. Katy is a past president of Choir Alberta, and has presented nationally at Choral Canada conferences.
In 2021, Katy was honoured with Choir Alberta's Con Spirito award.