A diverse, close-knit group,
bringing "Singer Love" wherever they go
Ecco Singers, no longer Winnipeg’s best kept secret, has been bringing music to the Manitoba scene since 1996. With members from a wide variety of backgrounds, this group has found a unique niche in the Winnipeg music community. We provide a regular concert season, in addition to special events ranging from a Big Band Dance to Rock Shows, just to name the crazy ends of the spectrum! Ecco Singers has a focus on community and family, both within it membership, and for the community at large.
The name is derived from the Greek spelling of ‘echo’, and takes both name and meaning from the myth of the nymph Echo, whose legacy it is to echo back what she hears. Through the diversity of our membership, we strive to echo back what we hear in our community. Happy to be the choral world’s answer to the Kitchen Party, Ecco brings accessible, quality music to Winnipeg, and in doing so, provide a positive experience which leaves those who hear us feeling uplifted.
In addition, we use the opportunity to encourage further community participation and awareness by featuring and taking collections for local charities and food banks at our regular concerts.
Our exciting season includes:
Our regular choral concerts are held throughout the year and showcase diverse music, bringing something for everyone.
Ecco Singers' members let out their inner rockstars as they take turns fronting a live band.
Philip Lapatha, Artistic Director
Philip is very excited to make music as artistic director of Ecco Singers! Born and raised in Winnipeg’s West End, Philip has been shaped by inspiring teachers, long-lasting friendships, and loving family ties. He has two Bachelor degrees: Music (piano) and Education (senior years Choral and Math), and a Master's degree (piano and music theory).
Philip has had opportunities to develop as a choral teacher and conductor through his connections with students, singers, choral organizations, and choral director friends. Much has been learned at coffee shops over conversation. Philip is one of two full-time choir teachers at Maples Collegiate, a large high school in northwest Winnipeg with a vibrant performing arts program. While the choirs of Maples Collegiate and Ecco Singers take up most of his present artistic direction, Philip has grown in past conducting and teaching opportunities with Gordon Bell High School, Pembina Trails Voices Men and Singers, Elim Chapel, SonoLux Choir, the 2016 Eastern Manitoba Youth Choir, and the 2017 Western Manitoba Youth Choir. Adding to Philip’s conducting experience this 2018-2019 season are opportunities to direct the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir (high school) and the English Language Program Choir through the University of Winnipeg. He also enjoys writing choral arrangements and his pieces have been performed by Prairie Voices, Camerata Nova, Kokopelli Choir, Those Guys, and various high school and youth choirs throughout Manitoba.
Philip is married to Kimberly Lapatha, a talented music teacher and mind-reading accompanist. They enjoy eating at interesting restaurants, connecting with people in different social circles, and traveling when possible. They open their home to international students learning English and have had their lives enriched by sharing Winnipeg life and family time with over 25 overseas students since 2014. Philip is thankful to his parents for the piano lessons in his early years and the continued support through life’s musical journeys.
Kimberly Lapatha, Accompanist
Kimberly is originally from Kentucky, and has lived in Canada since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Church Music degree in piano from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where she met her Canadian husband, Philip. She teaches piano out of her home and also teaches music for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. She accompanies various other choirs in the city and is the worship coordinator at her church. When she is not teaching or playing piano, she enjoys knitting and word games. She and her husband, Philip, live in downtown Winnipeg.