JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST CONCERT OF THE SEASON!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2023
Exultate launches its season with a program of purely celebratory music, beginning with Andrew Balfour’s “Ambe Anishinaabe” with Ojibway text by Cory Campbell (quoted above). The concert will include music by Lili Boulanger, Hyun Kook,
Matthew Emery, and Reena Esmail.
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Exultate Chamber Singers is an adult, mixed-voice chamber choir located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The ensemble is enriched not only by the strong musicianship of its members but also by their varied ages, cultural backgrounds, and academic and professional credentials. Together they form a passionate, committed ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire.
The choir is a three-time winner of the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the CBC National Radio Competition and was most recently awarded first place in the chamber choir category of Choral Canada’s 2019 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.
In addition to presenting its annual concert series, Exultate has made regular appearances around Ontario, toured in Canada, collaborated with dozens of artists, released five albums, and enjoyed airplay on CBC Radio. Exultate is currently producing its sixth album, showcasing new Canadian choral music commissioned by the choir in recent years.
We acknowledge the land we perform on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13, signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties, signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
Exultate Chamber Singers is committed to deepening our understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being and the role we can play in our collective call for reconciliation. We invite you to pause to reflect on your relationship with these lands and your path towards reconciliation.
OUR MISSION & MANDATE
Exultate Chamber Singers strives to consistently achieve high quality performances of a broad repertoire of challenging music for chamber choir and to actively contribute to the development of the local and broader Canadian choral community.
To engage audiences through concerts and special performances.
To engage in meaningful collaborations with musical and community partners.
To contribute to the continued musical development of singers, composers, and conductors both in Exultate and the larger choral community.
To support the creation and performance of Canadian choral music through commissions, selective programming, touring, and special events, with an increasing awareness of diversity in the artform.
MEET OUR CHOIR
Dr. Mark Ramsay
Dr. Mark Ramsay is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Choral Activities at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music. In addition to his teaching duties at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he is the conductor of Western University Singers. Mark recently co-chaired PODIUM 2022, Canada’s national choral conference and festival, and he frequently appears as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician.
Mark holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from University of Toronto where he was a student of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. His doctoral thesis focused on Canadian choral repertoire written specifically for tenor/bass voices. He was a recipient of an Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting, as well as multiple U of T Fellowships and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. He holds a Master of Music from U of T and a Bachelor of Music Education from University of Prince Edward Island.
Dr. Ramsay has previously been a conducting fellow with the Canadian Chamber Choir and worked as assistant producer on their album Seasons of Life and Landscape. In addition, he was the conductor of the U of T Tenor/Bass Choir, the U of T Scarborough Concert Choir, and the MNjcc Community Choir. He worked for ten years as a high school music teacher and curriculum specialist in Summerside, PEI, where he was also music director at Trinity United Church and conductor of the Summerside Community Choir. (www.markramsay.ca)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Exultate board is an energetic, capable, engaged, and welcoming group who work collaboratively to support the mission and mandate of Exultate. Our board of directors is made up of both choristers and community members, and possesses a wide range of professional backgrounds and skill sets. We are striving to create a board that reflects the diversity of our choir members and community.
Click here to find out more about the choir’s history, our mission and mandate, the roles and qualifications of board members, time and financial commitments, and how to contact us if you are interested. Or just send us a note at email@example.com.
J. Scott Brubacher
Choir Member, Chair
ELECTED NOV 2018
Choir Member, Secretary
ELECTED NOV 2018
ELECTED NOV 2017
ELECTED NOV 2017
Choir Member, Vice-Chair
ELECTED NOV 2020
Community Member, Treasurer
APPOINTED NOV 2020
APPOINTED MAR 2019
APPOINTED APR 2021
APPOINTED MAR 2019