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

Concerts

Hart House Singers concert with Orchestra Mozart's Requiem; rehearsals Mondays 7:45-9:30 p.m. Open Rehearsal Jan. 8, 15, 2024.

About Us

The Singers

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.

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Conductor

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.


Piano Accompanist

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.

Repertoire

Singers 2023-2024

Winter Term: Repertoire for the winter term will be Mozart's famous Requiem, with full orchestra. A public domain pdf of the vocal score consistent with what the choir will be using is available here. Here are some Youtube links:

  1. excerpt from the movie "Amadeus"; Mozart composing the "Confutatis" with Salieri: https://youtu.be/dJ0AkP_BFhs
  2. the famous "Lacrymosa": https://youtu.be/MafAZeag1_0
  3. the famous "Dies irae" with an energetic Leonard Bernstein conducting: https://youtu.be/1Tb9HmlPuVI
  4. All of Mozart's Requiem at a BBC Proms concert with the National Youth Choir of Scotland: https://youtu.be/S_e7K7io92g?t=295

More information is available below.

Recent Concerts

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  • Frè O (November 2023) joint performance with Samba Squad
  • Folk Song Festival 3 (July 2023)
  • Beethoven's 9th Symphony (March 2023)
  • Sing Me At Dawn (November 2022), joint performance with HMCS York Band
  • 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)
  • Performance Samples

    1. "Sing Me At Dawn" arr. David Arnot-Johnston
    2. "Dies irae" from Mozart Requiem
    3. "Célébrons" trad. French

    Join Us

    Update for Hart House Singers, as of July 24th, 2023:
    Hello Hart House Singers and those who may like to join us for the 2023 Fall term!

    Summer Singers! If you are interested in joining us for a fall session, please email us at hhsingers@gmail.com

    Here are some details:

    1. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings in the fall and winter terms, 7:45-9:30 p.m. at Hart House. There are no rehearsals on statutory holidays (e.g.: Thanksgiving, Family Day). You may join the Hart House Singers for just one term or both the fall and winter terms. There is a summer term, but this is usually not confirmed until March. (It is voluntary.)
    2. Open Rehearsals: The first two rehearsals of each term are "open rehearsals'' - you can come and see if you like the choir, and decide later if you'd like to join for the term or the academic year.
    3. Winter term: Our first rehearsal in the winter term is on Mon., Jan. 8, 7:45-9:30 p.m. at Hart House.

    All dress rehearsals and performances are in the Great Hall of Hart House. We get a very large audience for our concerts.
    1. Mozart's Requiem: (Winter Term) dress rehearsal is on Friday, March 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; performance is on Sunday, March 17, 4:00-5:30 p.m. (with a warm up at 2:30-3:30 p.m.)

    Winter Term: Repertoire for the winter term will be Mozart's famous Requiem, with full orchestra. A public domain pdf of the vocal score consistent with what the choir will be using is available here. Here are some Youtube links:

    1. excerpt from the movie "Amadeus"; Mozart composing the "Confutatis" with Salieri: https://youtu.be/dJ0AkP_BFhs
    2. the famous "Lacrymosa": https://youtu.be/MafAZeag1_0
    3. the famous "Dies irae" with an energetic Leonard Bernstein conducting: https://youtu.be/1Tb9HmlPuVI
    4. All of Mozart's Requiem at a BBC Proms concert with the National Youth Choir of Scotland: https://youtu.be/S_e7K7io92g?t=295

    1. Registration: You can register either just before or after the first rehearsals in January by going to the main reception desk at Hart House.
    2. Membership Fees: Membership is $10 for UofT students and those with a membership at Hart House for the two terms of the normal academic year or $5 for a single term. (A membership is typically a "fitness / athletic membership.") There is a somewhat more significant fee for those who are not students or who do not have a fitness membership. See below for amounts.

    Please email us at hhsingers@gmail.com to tell us if you are interested or to ask questions. There is NO audition. (We are a non-auditioned choir.) Please also state if you are soprano, alto, tenor, or bass.

    Here is a photo of our last concert, March 25/2023, with an orchestra:
    Hart House Singers with Orchestra 25 March 2023

    We are a non-auditioned choir. Our membership includes those who sight-read well, and those who do not read music well. Some of our members have had a lot of experience singing in choirs, while many are just starting to sing in a choir or haven't sung in one for several years. Membership to the Hart House Singers is open to everyone; you can be a student at UofT, a student from another university, or a non-student. You may join for only one term, or both terms. We may have a summer term, which of course is optional.

    All members will receive hard copies of the music, which they may take home. Most of the music will also be provided in an online format for those who wish to practise at home between rehearsals. We use an excellent streamed software called “MatchMySound,” which enables you to hear only your voice part or all voice parts together, while showing the notes on the computer screen. You may change the speed of the music as you require. This service is optional; many members find it very helpful, while others find they don't need to use it. It's your choice! The cost of the service is covered by our budget. Members do not pay separately for it.

    Fees!

    You may pay fees either at the Hart House Hub (front desk) or on-line on the Hart House website at https://harthouse.ca/clubs/singers 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. We are in the process of determining summer fees, but they will be lower than the term fees.

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

    Student/Member* Non-Member Under 29 & Over 65
    ACADEMIC YEAR REGISTRATION FEE** $10 $235 $175
    FALL REGISTRATION FEE $5 $120 $90
    WINTER REGISTRATION FEE $5 $120 $90
    SPRING/SUMMER REGISTRATION FEE*** $5 $60 $45

    *“Student” means any student who has paid ancillary fees as part of their academic program; "member” refers to those who also have a full Hart House fitness centre membership.
    **Academic Year is the period from September 1 through April 30.
    *** SPRING/Summer sessions are not included in the Academic Year registration fee and must be purchased separately.