HISTORY

Almost 40 years of musical excellence...

Since its inception in 1981, Exultate Chamber Singers has been known for sensitive, precise singing, richness of tone, and blended sound throughout a full dynamic range. The choir is enriched not only by the excellent musicianship of its members but also by their varied academic and professional backgrounds. Together they form a passionate, committed ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire.

 

Founded and led for 30 years by conductor and organist John Tuttle, the choir has since been under the direction of Dr. Karen Grylls (2011-2012), Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt (2013-2018), and its newest artistic director, Dr. Mark Ramsay. 

 

In its early years, Exultate established a strong reputation for success through its participation in the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. In 1988, 2000, and again in 2004, Exultate won both first prize in the chamber choir category and the Healey Willan Grand Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

In 2019, Exultate was again awarded first place in the chamber choir division of the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, solidifying the choir’s nation-wide reputation for excellence. We are proud to have been selected as one of 11 choirs (from among 89 applicants) to perform as a spotlight choir at PODIUM, Canada’s national choral conference and festival in Montreal in May of 2020.

 

In addition to presenting its annual concert series, Exultate has made regular guest appearances around Ontario, including the Colours of Music Festival and Georgian Music Series in Barrie. Exultate has collaborated with dozens of artists including The Tenors, DaCapo Chamber Choir, and Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir. The choir has released five albums and has enjoyed airplay on CBC Radio. 

 

Exultate has sponsored a composition competition and a scholarship program for young choral singers. The choir has recently created an Apprentice Conductor Program, and has introduced interactive pre-show chats. Exultate also has a continuing commitment to commissioning works by Canadian composers, with four commissions in the current and past two seasons alone.