Excelsis is Melbourne’s most exciting and dynamic Catholic choir, singing for liturgical events around Victoria and also giving regular concert performances. In recent years highlights for the choir have included performing on numerous occasions to sold-out audiences at St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, and giving a concert tour of the Philippines in 2015. The choir sings an extremely varied repertoire of sacred music from numerous Christian traditions, incorporating classical European works, hymnody, contemporary church music, traditional African pieces, spirituals and gospel songs. Excelsis takes its name from the Latin word, meaning ‘highest’. Through the music which it sings, the choir aims to achieve the highest musical standards, in order to give praise to the Highest.
Excelsis is a traditional four-part mixed choir (Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass). Choristers range from the very young, to the very young at heart, and all singers share a love of inspiring people and entertaining them through the gift of music. A great deal of the repertoire which Excelsis sings is unique within the Catholic experience, and offers both the singers of Excelsis, and their audiences, the opportunity to continually explore and discover the vast body of sacred choral music which exists today.
Excelsis does not sing for a single parish, instead maintaining a monthly rotation of parishes in which it sings the Sunday mass. For details of where Excelsis is singing each week, please see the Masses page on this site.
Excelsis is a very friendly community choir and always welcomes new choristers. If you are interested in joining, please do not hesitate to contact us – we would be very pleased to welcome you to one of our rehearsals!