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 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 teaches math and choir at Maples Collegiate, a large high school in northwest Winnipeg with a strong performing arts program.
In addition to being the artistic director of Ecco Singers, Philip is the also a conductor in the Pembina Trails Voices organization (directing the PTV Men and co-directing the PTV Singers), a pianist and drummer at Elim Chapel, and a freelance choral arranger.
If he can ever get away from music, then Philip enjoys hanging out with friends hitting tennis balls, throwing discs, and playing Settlers of Catan. He is married to Kimberly Lapatha, a talented music teacher and accompanist. They enjoy eating at interesting restaurants and improving their West Broadway home. They are also “parents” to two international students (from South Korea and Japan) who add life and laughter to their family. 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.