Kokopelli Choir Association’s executive director Kathleen Luyk (née Skinner), B.Mus. (University of British Columbia, 2003), M.Mus. Choral Conducting (University of Alberta, 2005), is in her twelfth season with Òran and her second season with the new adult choir 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.
Prior to finishing her post-secondary education, Katy spent two years as the assistant conductor of the U of A Madrigal Singers under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. Kathleen was the music director at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church until recently, where she led two adult choirs and a children’s choir. Since 2010, Kathleen has taken on a different role as the executive director for the Kokopelli Choir Association. 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. Recent appearances include the Vancouver Kiwanis Festival 2014, leading Òran at Podium 2014 (the biannual gathering of Choral Canada), and the Cantando Festival in Edmonton in May 2014. Katy sits on the Alberta Choral Federation board, as well as an advisory panel for Choral Canada.