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The EKOOS vocal ensemble in Sooke, on Vancouver Island, consists of a group of singers who enjoy performing a wide variety of choral music, mostly a cappella.  

Our director is Peter Dent who is well known both as a choral director and a jazz musician. For much of his early career Peter worked as an adult educator and arts administrator, maintaining music as a recreational activity. His developing amateur career as a baritone led him to consider music more and to study conducting with James Fankhauser and Phil Mattson. He has conducted musical ensembles on many tours of the Czech Republic and acted as a musical juror for two choral festivals there. In addition to Ekoos, he is also the Musical Director of the Newcombe Singers and Coro Galiano.

Empress Performance

 Dec 8, 2014 singing for the Canadian Club at their Christmas Tea at the Empress. Picture is courtesy of Ellen Stensholt

Empress Green Room

In the Empress Green Room (the Library) after the performance. Picture by Sheila Whincup.

Christmas Concert 2013

Christmas Concert 2013

Ekoos Rehearsal

Ekoos members at a weekend workshop. Our musical director, Peter Dent, is at the front right.

Ekoos and Coro Galiano in concert together - May, 2011

Ekoos singing at the Sooke Garden Tour, June 2011

Ekoos Christmas

Magnum Mysterium Concert, Holy Trinity Church, Sooke, Dec. 18, 2010

Where did the name Ekoos come from?

You can decide from the following possibilities which Ken Gray suggested early on, when Ekoos was formed:

A cryptic religious anagram.
A school for the performing arts in New York City.
Greek chamber music using the Hexachord.
Turkistan throat singing.
The name of Tonto's horse.
Sooke spelled backwards.

Ekoos would like to acknowledge the West Shore Arts Council  for the financial and other support it has provided to us, and other Arts organizations in our region.
The Arts enrich the lives of all of us!


For details about some of the pieces we have performed, click here. 

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The current choir members are as follows

Sopranos: Gail Abernethy, Margriet Andrew, Patricia Chapple, Karen Davies, Alice McLean, Svetlana Prissick

Altos: Dianne Copeland, Merle Fulton, Linda Abraham, Sheila Whincup

Tenors: Gord Howie, Warren Moore

Basses: Fred Andrew, Don Chapple
We are also looking for more male voices for the Ekoos Ensemble. Please use the contact information below to arrange for an informal audition if you are interested in joining the group.

For further information call: 250-642-7966  or email: klikdavieskaren@netscape.net

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Selections from some recent concerts:

Hodie Christus Natus Est (Cima),   Stille, Stille, StilleLeise Rieselt der Schnee 

O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen)

 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Morton)

Memories (Stephen Chatman)     Salish Song (Derek Healey)

The Shower  (Elgar)

Away in a Manger (Arranged by Wade Noble)

There is No Rose of Such Virtue (Thoburn)     Occhi Sereni (Gabrieli)      

Rabbits (Symons)     The Three Ravens (arr. Steven Porter)     I Beheld Her (Willan)

Pieces from the joint St. Andrew's Cathedral Concert, April, 2006, with the Camosun Choristers:

Beati Quorum Via (Stanford)          Ubi Caritas (Durufle)

Pieces from earlier concerts:

    Gdy Sliczna Panna (Polish Carol, arr. Ewer)      Rise Up, My Love My Fair One (Willan)
   Cherry Tree Carol (Arr. Miller)    Crown of Roses (Tchaikovsky)    Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Poston)

  O Quam Gloriosum (Vittoria)    Kyrie (Vittoria)

Click here for our repertoire listing