HISTORY

Over 35 years of musical excellence...

Since 1981, the Exultate Chamber Singers has become known for sensitive, precise singing, richness of tone, and blended sound throughout a wide dynamic range. Founded and led for 30 years by conductor and organist John Tuttle, in 2011 the choir welcomed New Zealand native Dr. Karen Grylls as artistic director while she was visiting Canada on an academic sabbatical. From 2013 to 2018 Exultate was led by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, head of choral activities at the University of Toronto. Upon Hilary's retirement in May 2018, the choir was delighted to appoint Dr. Mark Ramsay as artistic director. Exultate 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. Exultate gained a reputation throughout Canada for excellence as a result of its pattern of success in the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs, frequently appearing in the competition finals: in 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 addition to presenting its subscription series, Exultate has made regular guest appearances around Ontario, including the Colours of Music Festival and Georgian Music Series in Barrie, the Elora Festival, and Roy Thomson Hall's Choir & Organ series. In recent years, the choir has enjoyed collaborations with the Toronto Children's Chorus, Mississauga Children's Choir, Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir, DaCapo Chamber Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo), Toronto Winds, and Miles Nadal JCC Chamber Choir. In addition, Exultate has collaborated with the University of Toronto choirs, Orpheus Choir, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir, Cawthra Park Secondary School Chamber Choir, and Resonance youth choir in gala performances of the works of Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, and Ola Gjeilo. In June 2015, Exultate was one of several choirs performing Apocalypsis by R. Murray Schafer in Toronto's Luminato festival. Exultate has also toured to Prince Edward Island, participating in three concerts at the Indian River Festival in the summer of 2003. The choir has released five albums to date.

 

The Exultate Outreach Fund was established in 2002 to support initiatives that contribute to the growth and development of choral music in Canada. These initiatives include a regular choral composition competition and a scholarship program for promising young musicians. For the 2017-2018 concert season, Exultate was pleased to appoint Matthew Emery as composer-in-residence.

 

Exultate is a member of Choirs Ontario and is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and the SOCAN Foundation.