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About us

About us
Auditions!

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 

Exultate is auditioning for all voice parts.

Singers should have good music reading skills and strong choral experience.

 

Rehearsals are at St. Thomas’s Church (383 Huron St.) on Tuesday evenings (6:00–8:00 p.m.) and the 2023/24 season includes three concerts in Toronto (all on Friday evenings) and one run-out concert (destination TBA). The choir also maintains a list of substitute singers who fill in for regular members when needed.
 

To request an audition, submit a brief one-page musical resume outlining musical, vocal, and choral experience and training to info@exultate.net

Read on to learn more about the choir. We can't wait to hear from you!

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Land acknowledgmen

Our 6th
album is out!

Click here to 
check it out!

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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.

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.

One

To engage in meaningful collaborations with musical and community partners.

Two

To contribute to the continued musical development of singers, composers, and conductors both in Exultate and the larger choral community.

Three

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.

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A TIMELINE OF

Our history

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

History Timeline

MEET OUR CHOIR

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Mark Ramsay

Mark Ramsay joined Exultate Chamber Singers as artistic director at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, having served as its assistant conductor and collaborative pianist for the previous four years.

 

Mark 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 is also the editor of Choirs Ontario's publication, Dynamic. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from University of Toronto where he was a student of Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.

 

Before moving to Toronto, Mark completed his Bachelor of Music Education (piano) at UPEI, worked for ten years as a high school music teacher and curriculum specialist in Summerside, and was the music director at Trinity United Church and conductor of the Summerside Community Choir. (www.markramsay.ca).

Meet the Choir

SINGERS

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Sami Anguaya

Tenor  |  Joined 2018

Choir member Matthew Boutda portrait shot

Matthew Boutda

Tenor  |  Joined 2021

Choir member Elaine Choi portrait shot

Elaine Choi

Alto  |  Joined 2018

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Julia Frodyma

Soprano  |  Joined 2019

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June Higgins

Soprano  |  Joined 2016

Choir member Lynn Janes portrait shot

Lynn Janes

Soprano  |  joined 1989 & 2021

Choir member Mira Jung portrait shot

Mira Jung

Collaborative Pianist & Alto  |  Joined 2013

Choir member Rachel MacEwen portrait shot

Rachel MacEwan

Soprano  |  joined 2021

Choir member Sadie Menicanin portrait shot

Sadie Menicanin

Soprano  |  Joined 2015

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Lindsay Naft

Alto  |  Joined 2021

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Jeff Reynolds

Bass  |  Joined 2015

Duncan Stuart

Tenor  |  Joined 2004

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Susan Bennett

Alto  |  Joined 2022

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Julia Brotto

Soprano  |  Joined 2020

Choir member Suzanne Coultes portrait shot

Suzanne Coultes

Soprano  |  Joined 2018

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Mary Gillmeister

Alto  |  Joined 2010

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Elliot Hume

Bass  |  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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Hannah Martin

Alto  |  Joined 2022

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Anna-Maria Mersov

Alto  |  Joined 2017

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Katharine Petkovski

Alto  |  Joined 2021

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Michael Rowland

Tenor  |  Joined 1989

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Mishaal Surti

Tenor  |  Joined 2018

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Rachel Bogues

Soprano  |  Joined 2017

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J. Scott Brubacher

Bass  |  Joined 2016

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Andrew Foster

Tenor  |  Joined 2017

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Nathan Gritter

Tenor  |  Joined 2018

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Jessalyn Hynds

Alto  |  Joined 2022

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Caleb Jonker

Bass  |  Joined 2022

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Kelly Lin

Alto  |  Joined 2022

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Lachlan Mason

Bass  |  Joined 2022

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Vivian Moens

Soprano  |  Joined 2003

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Brian Prinzen

Bass  |  Joined 2017

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Nataliya Sandul

Alto  |  Joined 2018

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Alan Wiseman

Bass  |  Joined 2022

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Eric Yang

Bass  |  Joined 2022

Board of Directors

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

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