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
Manitoba is a definite hotspot for music, and Ecco Singers is very happy to be part our province’s musical life. Philip counts it a great privilege and honour to work with Ecco Singers as their Artistic Director and looks forward to the music to be made this season.
Philip was born and raised in Winnipeg. He has two Bachelor degrees: Music (piano) and Education (senior years Choral and Math). He also has a Master's degree (piano and music theory). Philip is one of two full-time choir teachers at Maples Collegiate, a large high school in northwest Winnipeg with a strong performing arts program.
While the choirs of Maples Collegiate and Ecco Singers take up most of his present artistic direction, Philip has enjoyed past conducting and teaching opportunities with Pembina Trails Voices, Elim Chapel, Gordon Bell High School, SonoLux Choir, the 2016 Eastern Manitoba Youth Choir, the 2017 Western Manitoba Youth Choir, and the 2017 WSO Rising Stars Choir that performed Carmina Burana. He serves on the board of the Manitoba Choral Association and is the co-chair of Choralfest Manitoba. Philip enjoys writing choral arrangements and his pieces have been performed by Ecco Singers, Prairie Voices, Camerata Nova, Kokopelli Choir, Those Guys, and various youth choirs throughout Manitoba.
Philip is married to Kimberly Lapatha, a talented music teacher and accompanist. They enjoy eating at interesting restaurants, improving their century old West Broadway home, and traveling when possible. They are “parents” to two international students from China and Vietnam, and have enjoyed sharing Winnipeg life and family time with 20 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.
Kimberley 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.