Founded in 2002, Òran began as an alumni offshoot of Edmonton’s famed Kokopelli Youth Choir, but it has since developed into a group made up of young adults from all over Edmonton and the surrounding area. Each brings a different viewpoint to the group, but all are united in their passion for singing. The choir strives to achieve musical excellence and artistic integrity, combining new interpretive techniques with more traditional choral expertise. Above all, the group is dedicated to sharing joy in song with each other, with other choirs, and with audiences around Edmonton and across Canada. Members of Òran travelled to Europe for a tour in July 2012 including stops in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. In May 2014 season Òran was delighted to perform as an invited ensemble in Halifax at Podium 2014, the biannual conference of the Choral Canada. Plans for the current season include a tour to the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff, April 2017.
Kathleen Luyk (née Skinner), B.Mus. (University of British Columbia, 2003), M.Mus. Choral Conducting (University of Alberta, 2005), is the executive director of Edmonton’s renowned Kokopelli Choir Association, a family of six community choirs for singers aged five to adult. Kathleen (Katy) is in her fourteenth season with the young adult choir Òran and her fourth season with the adult choir Vacilando. 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, and as guest conductor for the Kamloops Thompson Honour Choir. Katy is a past president of Choir Alberta, and sits on an advisory panel for Choral Canada.