Exultate Chamber Singers strives to consistently achieve high quality performances of a broad repertoire of challenging music for chamber choir. As an ensemble, we aim not only to entertain our audience but to contribute to our choral community at large and to support our singers in their continued musical development. As a result, Exultate is deeply committed to the creation and performance of Canadian choral music through commissions, composer competitions, and selective programming. We are also dedicated to developing the choral community through meaningful collaborations with musical and community partners.
About EXULTATE CHAMBER SINGERS
Since 1981, Exultate Chamber Singers has been known for sensitive, precise singing, richness of tone, and blended sound throughout a wide 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.
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.
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.
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. The choir has collaborated with dozens of ensembles and solo artists including The Tenors, Toronto Children's Chorus, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Toronto Winds, and Orpheus Choir. In addition, Exultate has performed with celebrated composers 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 and has enjoyed airplay on CBC Radio One and Two. In addition to its regular concert series, Exultate has sponsored a choral composition competition, a scholarship program for promising young choral singers, and numerous commissioning projects including two new works during the 2017-2018 season with Toronto composer Matthew Emery acting as composer-in-residence.
Exultate is a member of Choirs Ontario and is grateful for the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, and its many generous individual donors.
What People Are Saying
"I'm very grateful and inspired by Exultate's passion for supporting young Canadian composers like myself. "
— EKR Hammell, composer