The Hart House Singers is a non-auditioned choir at the University of Toronto that provides an opportunity for first-time and experienced singers to share in the joy of choral singing, to learn the art of song, to have fun, and to sing culturally and historically diverse repertoire.

Hart House Singers

Dec 31-2017


The Hart House Singers is a non-auditioned choir at the University of Toronto that provides an opportunity for first-time and experienced singers to share in the joy of choral singing, to learn the art of song, and to sing historically and culturally diverse repertoire. Typically, the choir performs music from around the world in its summer or fall terms, and one of the great choral works in the winter term. The Hart House Singers has performed at Toronto’s “Nuit blanche,” and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Holst’s The Planets with the Hart House Orchestra. In the past few seasons, we have performed such famous choral works as Bruckner’s Mass in e minor, Dvorak’s Mass in D and Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and Beethoven's Mass in C with orchestras made of students and recent graduates from the Faculty of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and local professionals.


DAVID ARNOT-JOHNSTON has directed many vocal and instrumental groups, including at Canada's National Ballet School and Tafelmusik's Baroque Summer Institute at the University of Toronto. He completed the graduate program in early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands, and holds a Masters degree in music history and performance from the University of Toronto.

As a tenor soloist, David has performed with several early and contemporary ensembles, including Tafelmusik, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Opera Atelier, Dancemakers, Utrecht Barok Consort, La Capriola of Amsterdam, Utrecht Bach Society, Ottawa Choral Society, and The Toronto Consort. He has sung as a soloist under Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Parrott, William Christie, and with Emma Kirkby in works by Mozart, Handel, Bach, Lully, and Monteverdi.

David has recorded as a soloist and ensemble performer on the Naxos, CBC, Marquis, RCA/BMG, and Analekta labels with the Aradia Ensemble, Tafelmusik Orchestra, Toronto Consort, Canadian Brass, and the Theatre of Early Music. A dedicated instructor of music, David directed the music education program at the National Ballet School for ten years. He has been conductor of the Hart House Singers since 2003.


CONRAD GOLD, holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from McGill University. He undertook additional keyboard performance studies in Italy. Mr. Gold also serves as the accompanist for the Brampton Festival Singers, and has collaborated with the Tallis Choir and the Cantabile Chamber Singers of Toronto, and the Laudate Dominum Choir of Chatham. Currently living in Toronto, Mr. Gold plays organ regularly at Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga, St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, and several other Toronto area churches. His other musical activities include playing organ recitals and teaching piano.


Concert 4:30 PM, November 20, 2022, 3 pm


Singers 2022-2023

Keep updated on the Fall 2022 session of Singers in the Join US section (Most recent Updated current as of August 29th, 2022). It is confirmed we will perform a concert this fall on November 20 (4:30 - 6:00 p.m.) with HMCS York Band (which is a band of the Royal Canadian Navy). Below are the names of some of the pieces for the concert with this band, and sometimes there is a link to a Youtube performance of the piece. [For our second / winter term, we are still on track to sing Beethoven's glorious Symphony 9 with a full orchestra. More details will be announced at the end of September.] Here is some of the repertoire for the fall term:

  • 1. “O Clap Your Hands” by Ralph Vaughan Williams (for choir and brass band): Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, with London Brass Ensemble:
  • 2. "Sing Me At Dawn" by David Arnot-Johnston (words by Siegried Sassoon; for choir, piano, and some band instruments)
  • 3. "Invictus" by Joshua Rist (for choir, piano, cello or tenor saxophone): University of Wisconsin Concert Choir
  • 4. "Hymn to the Fallen" by John Williams (for band or orchestra and choir): Munich Radio Orchestra and Choir
  • 5. "Psalm of Life" by Joshua Rist (for choir, piano): Oregon State University Choir, words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • 6. "Meridian" by Ola Gjeilo (for band and choir): Emory University Chorus and Wind Ensemble (Atlanta, Georgia):

Music Files (midi practice files): On Google Drive

Hello Hart House Singers: Some annoucements:

  • 1) We ask Singers who still have music from the winter 2020 term to either:
    a) hold onto the pieces until Hart House reopens either in the fall of 2021, OR
    b) mail your music to
    Hart House Singers
    ATTN: Rick Palidwor
    Hart House, University of Toronto
    7 Hart House Circle
    Toronto ON
    M5S 3H3
  • 2) See the Join Us section for updates on plans for Winter 2022, this will be updated as information becomes available.
  • 3) Please stay safe.

Past Concerts

  • Burst into Song (April 2022) joint performance with Hart House Chorus
  • Modern Choral Classics (March 2020 Canceled
  • Verdi's Requiem (November 2019)
  • Journeys (July 2019)
  • Zadok the Priest and others (March 2019)
  • Through the Eyes of a Child (November 2018)
  • Love Life! R&B and Music Theatre songs on Life (July 2018)
  • Music for Choir and Brass: A Concert! (March 2018)
  • This Land: In Music and Song (November 2017)
  • Oh, Freedom!: Spirtuals and Classical works. (July 2017)
  • Beethoven: Mass in C (March 2017)
  • Darkness and Light (November 2016)
  • The Greatest Duets in the World (July 2016)
  • Bruckner: Mass in e minor (March 2016)
  • L'Extase (November 2015)
  • Let the Games Begin (July 2015)
  • Beethoven and Haydn, including Haydn's Mass in Time of War (March 2015)
  • Songs of Passion, Songs of Grace (November 2014)
  • oyful Choral Works by J.S. Bach (July 2014)
  • Mozart: Requiem (March 2014)
  • Pax: Songs on Peace (December 2013)
  • The REAL Glee (July 2013)
  • Dvorák: Mass in D (March 2013)

Performance Samples

    "Kyrie" from Mozart Requiem
    "Dies irae" from Mozart Requiem
    "Célébrons" trad. French


Update for Hart House Singers, as of August 29th, 2022:
Hello Hart House Singers and those who may like to join us for all or part of our 2022-2023 season!

Our first rehearsal in the fall term of 2022 will be on Monday, September 12, 7:45 -9:30 pm, at Hart House. (The rehearsal will probably be in the beautiful Great Hall of Hart House.)

Here is more information:

Thank You!
Hart House Singers


Registration begins an hour before the first rehearsal on Monday, September 12, 7:45 pm at Hart House.


You may pay fees either at the Hart House Hub (front desk) or on-line at the Universiy of Toronto Recreation website at and follow the link for Hart House Club - Singers. The first two rehearsals of the term are open and no payment of fee is required to attend. If you have problems with the recreation site contact Hart House Hub.


Anyone who wishes to join the Hart House Singers now has both an ANNUAL and a TERM payment option. The annual option represents the least overall cost. The term options allow participants to have flexibility and to manage their registration costs differently if they wish. If you have paid a registration fee for either the fall (2022) or winter (2023) term, you are already covered for Summer fees and do not need to pay a fee for the Summer (2023) term.

The fee structure for the Hart House Singers is as follows:

Student/Member* Non-Member Under 29 & Over 65

*“Student” means any student who has paid ancillary fees s part of their academic program; "member” refers to those who also have a full Hart House fitness centre membership.


Notes Fall Sept-Nov 2022 Winter Jan-Mar 2023 Summer May-July 2023
First Rehearsal Date Monday Sept. 14, 7:45 pm Monday, Jan. 9, 7:45 pm TBA
Concert Concert Sunday, Nov. 20, 4:30pm TBA TBA
Membership Fee* Normal fees, see above. Normal fees, see above. TBA
Proof of payment of Singers club fee (must be ready by next rehearsal) Everyone Everyone Everyone
(waiting list only)
Opens Sept. 12 Opens Jan. 9 TBA
REPERTOIRE See Repertoire section. See Repertoire section. See Repertoire section.
REHEARSALS Mondays, 7:45-9:30 PM Mondays, 7:45-9:30 PM TBA


*Cash, debit or credit card are all acceptable forms of payment. **To join the Singers, you must provide proof that you have paid the club fee for the term or covering year. Even if you were a member of the Singers last term, you are still required to register for this term! Registration will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Note: If you are a soprano or alto, come especially early! Spots in the choir for these voices tend to fill up quickly. There is no audition. Singers of all levels are welcome to join!


We no longer collect music deposits.