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 by soprano Shannon Canavin 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.
Exsultemus has appeared with Boston Early Music Festival with The Newberry Consort, 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).
Exsultemus's first CD, O Rex Orbis: The Rhymed Office of Charlemagne, was released by Musique en Wallonie in 2012; their second CD, a world-premiere recording with Newton Baroque of a Vespers reconstruction featuring music of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer and Johann Cristoph Pez, was released in 2016 on the Toccata Classics label. A third world-premiere recording of Orazio Vecchi's Le veglie di Siena was recorded in 2016 and is expected for release in early 2019.
Shannon Canavin, Artistic Director
Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “radiant soprano,” Shannon Canavin has concertized throughout New England and the East Coast with ensembles including Apollo’s Fire, Newport Baroque, Arcadia Players, Amphion’s Lyre, the Choir of the Church of the Advent, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory in voice and theory and a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Early Music Performance Practices. Shannon has worked with such esteemed artists as Paul O’Dette, Kenneth Slowik, Ellen Hargis, Julianne Baird, Howard Crook, Judith Malafronte, Jennifer Lane, and Pamela Dellal. She has worked for the Boston Early Music Festival in various roles since 1998, and is director of Artist Visa Services LLC, specializing in preparing non-immigrant visa applications for foreign artists. In 2003, Shannon founded Exsultemus, which has presented over 50 unique programs spanning over 10 centuries and gives an annual concert series at the First Lutheran Church of Boston.
“Exsultemus has a strong, focused sound not unlike The Tallis Scholars…these singers are all very good.”
– Goldberg Magazine
“A very rich and rewarding program…period music enthusiasts will not want to miss it.”
– The Hub Review