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Exsultemus in Review


Shannon Canavin, general director
Martin Near, music director

Declared “unquestionably in the top-tier of Renaissance vocal ensembles in the Northeast” by Boston Musical Intelligencer and hailed for its “stunningly unified ensemble sound” by The Carlisle Mosquito, Exsultemus [ek-sul-TAY-mus] was founded in 2003 to explore remarkable but seldom-performed Renaissance and Baroque vocal works, taking advantage of the multitude of fine soloists in the Boston area and making use of the most recent research into historically-informed performance. Exsultemus has performed more than three dozen original programs, from liturgical reconstructions of Renaissance Vespers services to Telemann’s St. John Passion of 1737. Taking its name from the Latin for “let us rejoice,” Exsultemus is modeled after small estate and chapel choirs with musicians performing one on a part and without conductor, working rather as a chamber ensemble than a traditional choir and offering audiences vibrant and engaging performances.

Since its founding by soprano and Andover native Shannon Canavin, Exsultemus has presented an annual concert series at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, where it is Ensemble-in-Residence, and in various locations throughout Greater Boston, as well as appearances in Germany and Belgium. Exsultemus dedicates an annual concert to music of the Iberian Peninsula and the New World that include free community outreach concerts. Their 2011 collaboration with Newton Baroque to present Georg Philipp Telemann’s 1726 liturgical cantata cycle Harmonischer Gottesdienst was hailed by the Boston Globe as “especially welcome” and heralded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “an intimate and joyful musical experience.” Exsultemus has appeared with Connecticut Early Music Festival, Society for Historically Informed Performance, Clark Art Institute, WHRB, WGBH, and WCRB, and was featured on audio tours at the Wadsworth Atheneum (Worcester, MA) and the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC).

Board of Directors
Kathleen Fay
Kevin Goodrich
Dawn Peters
Beverly Simmons
Carolyn Skelton

Artistic Advisor
Ross W. Duffin
Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music
Case Western Reserve University