Sami started his study of classical music and choir when he became a student at Canterbury Arts High School. Since then, he has taken part in a variety of groups from chamber choirs to barbershop choruses. Currently he is studying voice and composition at the University of Toronto. This is his 1st season with Exultate. When not singing he will be writing music, listening to Gabriel Fauré, reading about mixing/producing, or playing guitar for Bon Echo.
Rachel Bogues, soprano
Rachel was born and bred in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Rachel graduated with a MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music, London. She is an experienced soprano and has sung with many London-based vocal ensembles prior to relocating to Toronto, including London Oriana Choir, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Thomas Tallis Society. This is her 2nd season with Exultate. When she is not singing, Rachel is usually found at spin class, reading, or travelling (when she’s not working downtown!).
Reid Brownscombe, bass
Reid lives in Toronto and has an extensive choral background. He spent 12 years with Amadeus Choir, and about 50 years ago sang with various youth choirs in and around Toronto. This is Reid’s 3rd season with Exultate. When not singing, Reid will be at the cottage on Stony Lake or walking a very old Standard Poodle.
J. Scott Brubacher, bass
Scott, originally from London, Ontario, completed a BMus in Theory and Composition and a MMus degree in Composition at the University of Western Ontario. Since moving to Toronto in 2006, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition, studying with Gary Kulesha. This is Scott’s 4th season with Exultate. When not singing, Scott likes to drink craft beer, travel the world, pet his cat, cook, garden, and read. During the day he works in administration for a charitable foundation.
Thomas Burton, tenor
Raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, tenor Thomas Burton is a multi-faceted musician new to the Toronto area. He is active as a conductor and performer and holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Michigan in trombone performance and choral conducting, respectively. Thomas currently serves as Director of Music at Munn's United Church in Oakville and as Apprentice Conductor of the Oakville Choirs for Children and Youth. When not making music, Thomas enjoys cooking, running, and meeting cute dogs. He is thrilled to join Exultate for their 2019-20 season!
Valeska Cabrera, alto
Valeska, originally from Melipilla in Chile, has sung in choirs since childhood. When she was studying for her undergraduate studies in musicology and choral conducting, Valeska led the Alonso de Ercilla School Choir and founded the Camerata Vocal de Melipilla in her home city. Currently, Valeska is studying for a master’s degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto and is joining Exultate for her 1st season. When not singing, Valeska is usually studying something for her masters or practicing yoga and pilates.
Elaine Choi, alto
Elaine is originally from Hong Kong but now lives in Toronto. She has obtained a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto, and has more than 28 years of choral experience. This is Elaine’s 1st season singing with Exultate Chamber Singers. When not singing, Elaine can be found conducting the University of Toronto Women’s Chorus or being the director of music at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church.
Suzanne Coultes, soprano
Suzanne studied piano, violin and trumpet and began singing more seriously when she was at university where she sang in the Hart House Chorus under John Tuttle. She is currently a soprano section lead at St Thomas’s Church and part of the High Holy Days choir at Holy Blossom Temple. When not singing, Suzanne works for the Province of Ontario as an urban planner, and likes to explore Toronto with her husband and two young sons. This is her 1st season singing with Exultate.
Andrew Foster, tenor
Andrew relocated to Toronto from England in 2017 where music was always a major part of his life. Throughout school, Andrew was involved in bands, musicals, and choirs. He plays guitar and piano and has a degree in Music Technology. This is his 2nd season with Exultate. When not singing, Andrew can be found pandering to the whims of his two cats, or learning to play the banjo. You might see him busking in the street sometime, so keep a look out!
Julia Frodyma, soprano
Julia has a Bachelor of Music and an advanced Certificate in Performance from the University of Toronto and recently completed her ARCT in piano from the Royal Conservatory. This is her 1st season singing with Exultate. When not singing, Julia likes to read, listen to true crime podcasts, or watch The Office on Netflix.
Mary Gillmeister, alto
Mary, originally from Montreal, has enjoyed many enriching choral experiences through being a member of numerous choral groups since she moved to Toronto. She has sung under the baton of all of the Exultate conductors! When not singing, Mary will be found watching, reading or talking about the (mis)fortunes of Liverpool FC (other sport obsessions also available, depending on the time of year), and she is a voracious reader of books, news, and current affairs—if you need a team mate for Quiz Night, Mary is your lady!
Nathan Gritter, tenor
Nathan is currently a voice student at the University of Toronto. He is a tenor lead at Kingsway Lambton United Church and is a member of a variety of choirs in Toronto and Mississauga. This is Nathan’s 1st season singing with Exultate. When not singing, Nathan enjoys playing board games with family, binge-watching Netflix, or playing with his dogs.
June Higgins, soprano
June played the violin and sang in choirs throughout her youth in Boston. As an undergraduate, June sang with the Princeton University Glee Club, the Princeton University Madrigal Singers, and the Princeton University Chapel Choir. Since moving to Toronto, June has sung with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Tallis Choir and the Amadeus Choir. This is June’s 3rd season singing with Exultate. When not singing, June is a clinical psychologist in private practice.
Mira Jung, colaborative pianist and alto
Mira has a Bachelor of Music High Honours from the University of Toronto. Mira has sung with Univox Choir and the MacMillan Singers. This is her 6th season with Exultate. Outside of singing, Mira can be found playing the piano, guitar, and ukulele, playing badminton and softball, and directing two church choirs.
Janice Kerkkamp, alto
Janice holds a MusBac and BEd from the University of Toronto and an ARCT in Voice Performance. She has been an alto section lead in St. Thomas’s Anglican Church choirs since 1989 and is a member of the professional Temple Choir at Holy Blossom Temple. Janice is also a member of Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music. This is Janice’s 36th season with Exultate! Outside of singing, Janice teaches singing, flute, and music theory (rudiments, harmony, counterpoint, analysis, & history).
Shanda Lee, soprano
Shanda teaches music at Kingsway College School, an independent school located in Etobicoke, where she is director of several choirs, teaches core music classes, and is the music director for the annual musical. Shanda was a long-time member of the Bell’Arte Singers, and with that choir had many memorable performance opportunities
including tours to England, France, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. She is thankful for the opportunity to sing with this wonderful choir, and is delighted to return for a 3rd season with Exultate!
Sadie Menicanin, soprano
Sadie is a lifelong choral singer-in Hamilton, Montreal, and now Toronto. Sadie is also a pianist and obtained her Bachelor of Music from McGill University. This is Sadie’s 4th season with Exultate. When she is not singing, you will find Sadie reading something musicology-related in the Faculty of Music Library as she pursues her PhD.
Anna-Maria Mersov, alto
Anna-Maria spent four years singing with the McMaster University Choir under Rachel Rensink-Hoff and Dominic Gregorio and four years with the Hart House Chorus under David Bowser and Dan Norman. This is Anna-Maria’s 2nd season with Exultate. When she is not singing, Anna-Maria enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and salsa dancing.
Vivian Moens, soprano
Over the past four decades Vivian has sung with the Queen’s and McMaster University choirs, Toronto Camerata, Toronto Chamber Choir, and Amadeus Choir. She found her home with Exultate and is now happily in her 16th season. When not singing, Vivian is proud to be the new Operations Manager of Exultate. She can also be found knitting, reading, cooking, chilling with Matt and her three (now grown up) merry men, painting furniture, and working a few volunteer gigs that feel right.
Lori Nemoy, alto
Lori has been involved in musical activities since childhood through her RCM piano training and her involvement in high school and university choirs. This is Lori’s 4th season with Exultate. When she is not singing, you will find Lori on some outdoor adventure or in the medical simulation lab, conducting research studies.
Brian Prinzen, bass
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Brian attended McMaster University where he first discovered how much those years of piano lessons in his early years made him passionate about music. He began studying vocal performance at McGill University and is happy to be singing with ECS under Dr. Ramsay. Brian works as an IT Specialist for an architectural firm in Toronto, and when he’s not at work or singing you’ll find him biking around Toronto or behind his computer playing video games.
Jeff Reynolds, bass
Jeff teaches trumpet and conducting at U of T, and conducts the Wind Symphony. Jeff holds a PhD in the philosophy of music education and a MMus in trumpet performance and has performed and recorded as a trumpeter with the Calgary Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Stratford Festival Ensemble, and Orchestra of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as well as many other orchestral, chamber, jazz, and dance band performances. This is Jeff’s 4th season with Exultate. When he is not singing, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, visiting his kids and grandkids, sailing, and playing tennis.
Michael Rowland, tenor
Michael has been singing in choirs since he was a boy. Whilst he has no formal training, his love of music, in particular choral music, has motivated him to form part of choral groups in Toronto. This is Michael’s 30th season with Exultate. When he is not singing, Michael is retired and is enjoying life with his family and friends. He enjoys working out at Goodlife, volunteering as a parishioner at St. Thomas’s, and following the Raptors and basketball in general with sometimes overly fervent interest.
Duncan Stuart, tenor
Duncan is a former jazz instrumentalist and has studied and performed with some of Toronto’s most in-demand studio musicians. Much of Duncan’s choral development has been “in situ” be it as a bass/baritone in the Toronto Amadeus Choir or a countertenor in the Victoria Scholars. As a tenor, he was a member of Studio Sixteen, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canadian Chamber Choir, Christ Church Deer Park, and Pax Christi Chorale & Chamber Choir. His wide vocal range has led to soloist appearances as a countertenor, as a tenor, and as a baritone. Outside of music, Duncan is a Special Education teacher with the TDSB.
Mishaal Surti, tenor
As an educator, published journal author, and choral conductor based in southwestern Ontario, Mishaal has conducted performances and facilitated workshops on music education and the male changing voice throughout Canada. He has performed as a member of Amabile Choirs of London, Bach Music Festival of Canada Chamber Choir, Conspirato Chamber Singers, and Gerald Fagan Singers. This is Mishaal’s 1st season with Exultate. Mishaal is an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, leading innovation and pedagogy in schools and school boards across Ontario. He can be found eating noodles across all corners of Toronto.