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 April 24th, 2022, 3 pm


Singers 2021-2022 Limited

Due to concerns about COVID-19 Pandemic the Singers functions will be limited and different check the Join Us section periodically for details and for updates on Winter 2022 (last update December 31st, 2021).

The tentative repertoire for Winter 2022 is as follows:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (last movement, with choir, soloists, orchestra); this is going to be a concert (we hope) for the spring of 2023. We need to start rehearsing it now, as it must be done for memory (!). We will sing it in the original German. We hope to perform it at Hart House in 2023 with our own group of orchestra players, and we have also been asked to perform it with another orchestra outside the UofT community. Details to be announced later.
  • Beethoven: Mass in C (also hoped to be performed with orchestra next season)
  • Choral pieces from around the world, including non-western countries (exact titles to be announced, soon)

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

  • 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


Hart House Singers and prospective members:
Hello, Hart House Singers and those who would like to join us! Here are some announcements concerning the upcoming winter term, 2022 (keep checking back here for more updates as information becomes available): 

Update for Hart House Singers, as at Jan. 30th, 2022:
Announcement of Jan. 29/2022
Dear Hart House Singers and those who would like to join us:

We have learned that the university will allow us to rehearse in-person again during the winter-spring term, starting Monday, Feb. 7. Here are more details:



(Fall 2021) Here is a list of pieces with Youtube links:

We studied these last year (2020-2021), but no one could hear the other singers while we rehearsed on-line; now you will be able to hear the others. (You do not need to know these pieces to join us this year.) All pieces will be provided in both hard copy and digital download formats, probably free of charge (tbc). 


For details for Winter 2022 see above. Please contact us if you wish to join our rehearsal either virtually or in person (space permitting).


Fees for Winter 2022 are free if you are a student but it is necessary to register. For regular non-students (aged 30-64) fees are $25 and for senior non-students 65 and over and non-students 29 and under fees are $15. Fees for Winter 2022 are still to be decided.

Again pay fees 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.

Questions? Please ask through our Facebook page.

Registration: while we are engaged in virtual choir normal registration has been suspended (see above for procedures during virtual choir):

FEES! (normal fees suspended during virtual choir see above)


Notes Fall Sept-Nov 2020 Winter Jan-Mar 2021 Summer May-July 2021
First Rehearsal Date Monday Sept. 14, 7:30 pm Monday, Jan. 11, 7:30 pm TBA
Concert No concert. No concert planned. No concert planned at this time.
Membership Fee* Special virtual choir fee. See announcement above. Virtual choir fee, see above. TBA
Proof of payment of Singers club fee (must be ready by next rehearsal) Everyone Everyone Everyone
(waiting list only)
Opens Sept. 9 Opens Jan. 5 Opens May 31st
REPERTOIRE See Repertoire section. See Repertoire section. See Repertoire section.
REHEARSALS Mondays, 7:30-9:00 PM Mondays, 7:30-9:00 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.