David Arnot-Johnston

Voice, Violin Teacher

David Arnot-Johnston

SAA Member


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Music Training:
1) Master of Music (M.Mus.—voice performance and music history courses; University of Toronto)
2) Koninklijk Conservatorium Certificaat—Kamermuziek / Barokzang (Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands; a two-year graduate course in chamber music and baroque singing)
3) Bachelor of Education—Music (B.Ed.; University of Toronto)
4) Suzuki Violin Teacher Training: Every Child Can!; Violin Unit 1 (Institut Suzuki Montréal, July 2016); Violin Unit 2 (Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute, August 2017)

1) Hart House Singers with orchestras at the University of Toronto (2003-present)
2) Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute at the University of Toronto (chamber ensembles)
3) Lakefield Summer Music for Adults (Early Music Ensemble)
4) National Ballet School of Canada (music concerts with professional pit-orchestra)

1) Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)
2) Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)


1) Toronto French School (strings, band, percussion, jazz ensemble, guitar), 2004-present
2) Canada’s National Ballet School (voice, music theatre, percussion, guitar)
3) Etobicoke School of the Arts (voice, music theatre, jazz band)

Tenor Soloist with:
Toronto Consort, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Theatre of Early Music, Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal, Utrecht Barok Consort, Amsterdams Begeleidings Orkest, Haarlems Bach Ensemble, La Capriola of Amsterdam, Utrecht Bach Society, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach-Elgar Choir, Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Ottawa Choral Society, Niagara Symphony, Pierrot Ensemble, and many more groups

Caldara: Vaticini di Pace (tenor soloist); Aradia Ensemble; Naxos
Bach: Sacred Motets (tenor duets and chorus); Tafelmusik; CBC Records
Praetorius: Christmas Vespers (tenor ensemble soloist); Toronto Consort; Marquis
Schuetz: Musikalische Exequien (tenor ensemble soloist); Theatre of Early Music; Analekta
Allegri, Palestrina, etc: Sacred Brass (tenor ensemble soloist); The Canadian Brass; RCA/BMG
Lully, Monteverdi, Praetorius, Charpentier, etc.; Tafelmusik, Toronto Consort; CBC Radio

The singing verged on the divine. Tenor David Arnot performed frequently throughout the concert and was the standout of the evening.
- The Globe and Mail , Deidre Kelley (Britten: Canticle I, Monteverdi: Nigra sum, etc; with Dancemakers)

Tenor David Arnot’s spirited, stylish performance brought energy and focus to this celebratory work, which inspired the most engaging performance of the evening. 
- The Globe and Mail , Tamara Bernstein (Mondonville: Jubilate Deo)

Tenor David Arnot’s light sound and facile voice are perfectly suited to Handel. His performance was full of life and drama, while remaining clean and accurate.
- The Hamilton Spectator , Elaine Schmidt (Handel: Messiah, with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra)

Another pleasure was tenor David Arnot’s singing of the French air…an excellent tenor… 
- The Globe and Mail , Ken Winters (The Worlds of Salamone Rossi, with Emma Kirkby and Tafelmusik)

David Arnot’s wonderfully facile and rich voice was the highlight of the evening…his marvellous use of dynamics and exquisite art of decoration made gorgeous music of every phrase. 
- The Hamilton Spectator , Hugh Fraser (Grandi: O quam tu pulchra es)

Versatile tenor David Arnot was good in several roles and best in his last, as a bright Jupiter, king of the gods. 
- The Globe and Mail , Ken Winters (L. Rossi: Orfeo, with Toronto Consort)

Clean and precise, with a good line-up of soloists, especially David Arnot.
- Classic CD Magazine (England), Graham Dixon (A. Caldara: Vaticini di Pace, with Aradia Ensemble)

Canadian tenor David Arnot was a strong partner in the duets…the florid, virtuoso passages were beautifully shaped. 
- The Globe and Mail , Tamara Bernstein (Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers, with The Toronto Chamber Choir)

The dancers were sometimes accompanied by the remarkable David Arnot. 
- Toronto Star , Susan Walker (Monteverdi, Britten; with Dancemakers)