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ChandraTala and the Canadian Chamber Choir open Where Waters Meet on October 18, 2019, at McDougall United Church.

Introducing ChandraTala...

If you caught last month's season-opener, Where Waters Meet, you already know about Kokopelli's newest ensemble. ChandraTala, our choir for experienced upper-voice singers of any gender, had its debut on stage alongside the amazing Canadian Chamber Choir. With only a month of rehearsals under their belts, ChandraTala (whose name is Sanskrit and translates as 'rhythm of the moon') performed like a choir that's sung together for much longer!

Laura Hawley leads the new ensemble and brings her passion for upper-voice repertoire to the programming for ChandraTala. We can't wait for everyone to hear them again at Wintersong next month!

Curious about the choir? ChandraTala is still seeking a few experienced sopranos and altos to round out its ranks.

East Coast Inspiration

We were thrilled to have Kellie Walsh, artistic director of the incredible Shallaway Youth Choir (St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador) here in Edmonton for Kokopelli's annual retreat weekend. Kellie kindly made time to work with Kikimasu (ages 9-12) and Òran (mixed-voice adults) during her time here as well. What an inspiring and fun time!

Kokopelli Visits Nelson, BC

Kokopelli recently returned from their first tour of the season, which took them to Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay with Carson Graham Secondary School Choir (Vancouver) and Corazón (Nelson). The final concert of the tour took place at LV Rogers Secondary School in Nelson.

These are a few reflections from various members of Kokopelli on their experiences on tour:
  • The silent lunch at the Ashram was great for being able to appreciate the people I love around me.
  • The natural beauty of the Ashram was incredible.  The music matches the landscape.
  • It was amazing to be with a group of people that are so passionate about music.
  • The choir community in Canada is so close.
  • I feel thankful to witness the relationship between conductor and choristers.
  • It was wonderful to be part of the interaction and the sharing. 
  • I feel so refreshed and enjoyed the experience of watching the conductors and being inspired by them.
  • This room (The Temple of Light) is filled with love, and I was unafraid to use my voice, even though I had been so nervous.

What's up for 2019-2020?

Our season may have started already but there are still loads of chances to catch us in concert this season.

Cozy up with us at Wintersong (2 PM or 7 PM) for seasonal favorites in the twinkling and bright McDougall United Church. In March, our Stories concert returns to the Winspear Centre as we put all seven of our choirs on stage for the first time.

Our littlest singers flex their big choral superpowers in Guardians of the Harmony in April 2020. Eternal Wonders features a beautiful extended work telling the story of a Syrian refugee girl seeking safety, joining the voices of all three of our adult ensembles. And we wrap the year up back at McDougall United Church with Kokopelli and Shumayela celebrating the Colours of Spring together.

We hope to see you in the audience!

Skip the lines!

Don’t miss a concert in the Kokopelli season!  Join us for memory-filled afternoons and evenings as we showcase all our choirs and their rich performance traditions. 

With your subscription you get to skip the line-ups and save on your tickets by purchasing in advance with just one easy online or in-person transaction.  Passes are still available for the children’s choir series which includes Wintersong, Stories and Guardians of the Harmony.  You can also still get subscriptions for the youth series, which includes Wintersong, Stories and Colours of Spring, performed in superb venues like McDougall United Church and the Winspear Centre.

The passes make a fantastic gift for someone who has it all – give them an experience they will really cherish! 
Do you work for Imperial Oil, KPMG, Aviva, or ATCO? We’d love to chat with you about some of their community giving programs.  Contact the Kokopelli Choirs office if you are employed by these or any companies that have employee volunteer or donation matching programs.
Subscriber Exclusive! Enjoy this pre-release video from our recent concert! ChandraTala performs Song of Life by Sandy Scofield, a Canadian indigenous composer.
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