Scott Leithead | Director
Kitbielle Pasagui | Assistant Director
Founded in 1996, Kokopelli from Edmonton, Alberta celebrates its 23rd season in 2018-2019. The Choir is conducted by Scott Leithead and assisted by Kitbielle Pasagui.
Kokopelli has been a featured ensemble at many events provincially, nationally, and internationally. These include the Rocky Mountain National Music Festival, the Cantando 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. In the summer of 2018 they returned to Africa on their fourth tour to this amazing part of the world.
The upcoming season the choir is excited to be singing several productions with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. They also have tours planned to Saskatchewan in February and to the Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in April. The season will conclude with their most prestigious invitation to date − they will be one of 11 featured guest ensembles from around the world at the IFCM World Choral Expo in Lisbon, Portugal in July.