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.


Winter Concert 2020


Winter Repertoire 2020: Modern Choral Classics

March 15th at 4 pm in the Great Hall.

  • I. Beati quorum via (by Charles Stanford)
  • II. Invictus (by Joshua Rist)
  • III. Peze kafe (trad. Haiti, arr. S. Källman)
  • IV. Fre o (trad. Haiti, arr. S. Källman)
  • V. Wangol (trad. Haiti, arr. S. Källman)
  • VI. Dusk (by Dan Walker)
  • VII. Senzenina (trad. South African)
  • VIII. The Ether of Infinity (by Dan Walker)

Music Files (midi practice files): On Google Drive

The dress rehearsal for Winter 2020 will be Friday, March 13th from 7 to 10 p.m.

Past Concerts

  • 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


There are THREE WAYS that you can register for the Singers:

  1. Come out and join us at one of two registration dates, before rehearsal (see below). Registration is on a first come first served basis. Also, you must register again for each term, even if you were a member the previous term and have paid an annual fee (see below for the fee schedule).
  2. Have a friend register on your behalf, bringing your fees (if applicable) and identification. Note: One person can only register either him/herself OR one other individual in their absence, but CANNOT register both or multiple individuals.
  3. If you are unable to do either (1) or (2), contact us by email (see below for opening dates), provide us with your name and voice part, and we will put you on the appropriate waiting list. Note: If on the waiting list, you are encouraged to attend rehearsals weekly and share music off your neighbour. We will take people off the waiting list as space becomes available in the choir.

The Hart House Singers' 2020 Fall session begins on Monday, January 6th, 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Rehearsals are on each Monday evening, 7:45-9:45 p.m., from January 6th to March 15th, 2020, except for Family Day. The winter concert will be on Sunday, March 15th, 4:00 p.m. Registration will be on January 6th and 13th, before rehearsal at Hart House 6:30 p.m. The first two rehearsals (January 6th and 13th) are also "open rehearsals" - you may attend either rehearsal and decide if you would like to join afterwards.

There is also a dress rehearsal before each concert. The dress rehearsal for Winter 2020 will be Friday, March 13th from 7 to 10 p.m. Also there is a warm-up before the concert, this will be 2 p.m. for both the Fall and Winter concerts this year.


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 (2019) or winter (2020) term, you are already covered for Summer fees and do not need to pay a fee for the Summer (2020) term.The new fee structure for the Hart House Singers is as follows:

Student/Member* Non-Member 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 Summer May-July 2019 Fall Sept-Nov 2019 Winter Jan.-Mar 2020
First Rehearsal Date Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 pm Monday Sept. 9, 7:45 pm TBA
Concert Thursday July 11, TBA Sunday, Nov. 17, 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 15, 4:00 p.m.
Membership Fee* see table above as Summer as Summer
Proof of payment of Singers club fee (must be ready by next rehearsal) Everyone Everyone Everyone
(waiting list only)
Opens May 31st Opens Sept. 9 Opens Jan. 5
REPERTOIRE See Repertoire section. See Repertoire section. See Repertoire section.
REHEARSALS Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM Mondays, 7:45-9:45 PM Mondays, 7:45-9:45 PM


*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.