CAELIS ACADEMY ENSEMBLE | We are one of Canada’s newest additions to a vibrant and diverse choral scene. We offer performances of choral masterworks in the “cathedral” tradition of trebles choirs with professional and youth singers in support.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at the Canadian War Museum, on November 6, 2018.
We were thrilled to present a commissioned and staged new work, A Christmas Carol, by noted Canadian composer, Andrew Ager. December 18, 2019.

What’s in a name?

CAELIS | A derivation of the Latin word for heaven, it reminds us that our efforts to make music are rooted in the spiritually informed pursuit of excellence and beauty.

ACADEMY | Honours our mission to be a place of learning, where respect for tradition lives along our quest for new forms of expression, creativity, and outreach.

ENSEMBLE | Reflects our shared commitment to community: Where no singer is an island, but a member of a team, and where everyone’s contribution is needed and valued.

Our story

Formed in August 2017 by Matthew Larkin and a community of like-minded artists, CAELIS offers young people an opportunity to learn in an environment which values and seeks to promote excellence in performance and in pedagogy. The trebles are drawn from the community and beyond, and have in many cases worked together for several years. They are ably supported by an outstanding ensemble of adult singers.

With the emphasis on youth – members are mostly elementary and secondary school age – over its nearly three years of existence, Caelis has offered over thirty presentations, including Bach’s Magnificat, several Cantatas, and St. Mark Passion, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and three performances of Messiah, Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli, Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli, Victoria’s St. Matthew Passion, and a very large number of anthems, motets, madrigals, part songs, and arrangements.

And so much more music for 2020, check out our concert season.

Matthew Larkin, Founding Artistic Director

A native of Kingston, Matthew Larkin has been at the forefront of liturgical music-making for over thirty years, and is a well-established composer and concert artist, both as recitalist and conductor.

In Ottawa, he has served as Director of Music at St. Matthew’s Church (1995-2002) and at Christ Church Cathedral (2003-17), Music Director of the Ottawa Choral Society (2005-12), and on adjunct staff at both Carleton and Ottawa universities.

A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, he has performed in North America, Europe and China, and has appeared with several of Canada’s orchestras, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony.

In 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and in 2017 he received a doctorate in sacred theology (DST) from Thorneloe University at Laurentian.