Wonderful Event Last night!

It was a wonderful time yesterday at the Luminous Night Festival concert; it is always an honour to have the composer in attendance, and it was great working and performing with Ola Gjeilo. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church is a large building with a lot of pews but it was pretty full!

Here’s an image snuck in during rehearsal yesterday afternoon.


Getting Ready for the Luminous Night Festival Concert

A good rehearsal last evening for the Luminous Night Festival Concert on Saturday, October 15th at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto.  It was a lot of fun working with an amazing string quartet who will be accompanying us for the one of the Ubi Caritas settings by composer Ola Gjeilo, who will be here as part of the concert, along with a number of other fine choirs: Orpheus Choir, Resonance, the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers and Women’s Chamber Choir, and the Choir of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

Tickets are still available here!


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ECS Choral Competition 2016 – 2017

We are seeking works by emerging Canadian composers 35 years of age and under.

Parameters: The work should be 3 – 4 minutes in duration, and either a cappella or accompanied by piano. There can be some divisi. Ranges should be as follows: low F for basses to top A or B flat for sopranos, but keep the tessitura inside that. Tenor top is around G and alto bottom a G. This music should be unperformed to date.

Text: This may be sacred or secular, and preferably in English or familiar language such as French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Please be sure there are no copyright issues with the text. We would be especially interested in texts by Canadian poets.

Deadline: Please submit a pdf of the score electronically to Elana Harte, Manager, no later than December 1, 2016. (elana@elanaharte.com)

Prize: $1000 and a premiere performance by Exultate Chamber Singers at our final season concert on Friday, May 26, 2017, at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Toronto. The concert is entitled “A time for looking forward: music of young composers” and will feature music by primarily Canadian composers, with additional pieces by Erik Esenvalds (Latvia) and Jake Runestad (USA).

Results: These will be announced by January 2017. The panel reserves the right not to name a winner if a suitable work is not found.

Our Next Concert: A Time for Looking Back: Embracing our Choral Heritage, Friday October 28th, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016, 8:00 pm
A Time for Looking Back:
Embracing our Choral Heritage
St. Thomas’s Anglican Church
383 Huron Street, Toronto


This program explores a history of choral singing from chant through modern day, and includes Ola Gjeilo’s settings of Ubi caritas along with that of twentieth-century composer Maurice Duruflé. Lotti’s setting of Regina coeli leads to Mozart’s charming Regina coeli, K.276. Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, first movement, leads us into the Romantic period with several works by his sister, Fanny Hensel. We move into the twentieth century with Healey Willan’s I Beheld Her, Stanford’s motet Beati quorum via, and the Sanctus and Benedictus from Raminsh’s Missa Brevis in c minor.