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GET TO KNOW US

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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 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 six albums, and enjoyed airplay on CBC Radio. Exultate's most recent album showcases new Canadian choral music commissioned by the choir in recent years.

Land acknowledgment

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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

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.

OUR GOALS

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.

History Timeline
A collage of images of album covers, the choir founder and other historic moments

A TIMELINE OF

OUR HISTORY

Founded in 1981, Exultate Chamber Singers has been celebrated for its continuing tradition of choral excellence for forty years.

MEET OUR CHOIR

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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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)

SINGERS

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Rachel Bogues

Soprano  |  Joined 2017

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Julia Brotto

Soprano  |  On leave

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J. Scott Brubacher

Bass  |  Joined 2016

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Elaine Choi

Alto  |  Joined 2018

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Andrew Foster

Tenor  |  Joined 2017

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Mary Gillmeister

Alto  |  Joined 2010

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June Higgins

Soprano  |  Joined 2016

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Manishya Jayasundera

Soprano |  Joined 2023

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Mira Jung

 Pianist & Alto  |  Joined 2013

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Shanda Lee

Soprano  |  Joined 2015

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Rachel MacEwan

Soprano  |  joined 2021

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Daniel Meeks

Tenor  |  Joined 2023

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Lindsay Naft

Alto  |  Joined 2021

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Brian Prinzen

Bass  |  Joined 2017

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Gareth Simpson

Tenor  |  Joined 2023

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Jessalyn Hynds

Alto  |  Joined 2022

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Dr. Bina John

Alto  |  Joined 2021

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Jim King

Bass  |  Joined 2021

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Kelly Lin

Alto  |  Joined 2022

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Hannah Martin

Alto  |  Joined 2022

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Anna-Maria Mersov

Alto  |  Joined 2017

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Vyllana Nguyen

Alto  |  Joined 2018

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Jeff Reynolds

Bass  |  Joined 2015

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Duncan Stuart

Tenor  |  Joined 2004

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Lynn Janes

Soprano  |  joined 1989 & 2021

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Caleb Jonker

Bass  |  Joined 2022

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Patrick Lam

Tenor  |  Joined 2023

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Jason Locke

Bass  |  Joined 2023

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Lachlan Mason

Bass  |  Joined 2022

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Vivian Moens

Soprano  |  Joined 2003

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Lizzy Perkins

Soprano  |  Joined 2023

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Michael Rowland

Tenor  |  Joined 1989

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Mishaal Surti

Tenor  |  Joined 2018

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Alan Wiseman

Bass  |  Joined 2022

Meet the Choir
Artistic Director

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 info@exultate.net.

J. Scott Brubacher

Choir Member, Chair

ELECTED NOV 2018

Sadie Menicanin

Choir Member, Secretary

ELECTED NOV 2018

Mary Gillmeister

Choir Member

ELECTED NOV 2017

Lori Nemoy

Community Member

ELECTED NOV 2017

Lindsay Naft

Choir Member, Vice-Chair

ELECTED NOV 2020

Sharon Adamson

Community Member, Treasurer

APPOINTED NOV 2020

Kelsey Grieve

Community Member

APPOINTED MAR 2019

Delicia Raveenthrarajan

Community Member

APPOINTED APR 2021

Graham Thomson

Community Member

APPOINTED MAR 2019

Board of Directors

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