2015-2016 Exultate Brochure, with concert information and more!

Exultate Chamber Singers Choral competition 2015- 2016:

We are seeking works by emerging Canadian composers under the age of 35. The music must use a text on a theme related to peace and justice. The poet must be Canadian, and preferably one from Ontario, although that is not essential.

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.

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

Prize: $1000 and a premiere performance by Exultate Chamber Singers at our final season concert on Friday, May 27, 2016, at St. Thomas Anglican Church, Toronto.

The panel reserves the right not to name a winner, if a suitable work is not found.

About the choir:

Exultate Chamber Singers is a semi-professional chamber choir of 28 singers whose members are committed and passionate musicians. The season’s repertoire includes Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir, the Magnificat by Imant Raminsh, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, and a range of shorter works by various composers.


Announcing our 2015 – 2016 Season!


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Telling Our Stories

This season blends the art of story-telling with music, bringing further depth, context and beauty to stories both old and new.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 8:00 pm

Stories of Remembrance
(St. Thomas’s Anglican Church 383 Huron Street, Toronto)

Stories of Remembrance features works of contemplation: Howells’ Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing and Rest by Vaughan Williams, as well as music by Canadians Eleanor Daley and David McIntryre. The centrepiece of the concert is Donald McCullough’s moving Holocaust Cantata, which intersperses spoken narratives and choral settings of songs found in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum archives.  Cellist Jenny Boin Cheong joins us for this work.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 8:00 pm

Stories of the Season
(St. Thomas’s Anglican Church 383 Huron Street, Toronto)

Stories of the Season: A Canadian Noel
is a joyous way to celebrate through song and spoken word. Canadian composers and arrangers include Anderson, Chatman, Daley, Jeff Enns, Holman, Sirett, Somers and Willan. Imant Raminsh’s lovely Magnificat for mezzo-soprano, chorus and piano will be performed. Interspersed amongst the musical selections are stories written and read by the singers themselves. Rounding out the concert is an audience carol-sing. Organist Daniel Bickle will play.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:00 pm

Stories of Love and Longing
(St. Thomas’s Anglican Church 383 Huron Street, Toronto)

Stories of Love and Longing features a variety of works on these themes. The humour of Sjolund’s Love Lost is balanced by myriad moods of Brahms’ Op. 52 Liebeslieder Waltzes, which will be presented in chamber music fashion, with a combination of quartets, soloists and choruses. Renaissance and contemporary settings of similar texts are paired: Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus and Enns’ Like as the Hart.

Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00 pm

Stories of Peace and Justice
(St. Thomas’s Anglican Church 383 Huron Street, Toronto)

Stories of Peace and Justice closes the season with inspiring music ranging from Bach’s Dona Nobis Pacem to Peter Togni’s Ave Verum. Rupert Lang’s serene L’Agneau de Dieu for double choir contrasts with Ruth Watson Henderson’s lively To Everything there is a Season. Special guests, the DaCapo Chamber Choir of Kitchener and their conductor, Leonard Enns, join us to perform Frank Martin’s Mass for double choir. This program will also feature the winning work in Exultate’s composition competition for emerging composers living in Ontario, on a Canadian text.

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