The Canadian conductor, tenor and compser/arranger, David Arnot-Johnston, obtained his Master of Music degree in Music History and Performance from the University of Toronto. He completed the graduate program in Early Music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory) of The Hague, The Netherlands,
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.
As a tenor soloist, David Arnot-Johnston has performed with several early and contemporary ensembles, including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir, 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 W.A. Mozart, George Frideric Handel, J.S. Bach, Lully, and Monteverdi. He has recorded as an ensemble soloist on the Naxos, CBC, Marquis, and RCA/BMG labels with Aradia Ensemble (Director: Kevin Mallon), Tafelmusikr, Canadian Brass, Toronto Consort, and Theatre of Early Music (Director: Daniel Taylor).
A dedicated instructor of music, David Arnot-Johnston has been Music Teacher at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto (September 1992-August 2001; Directed the Music Education program at Canada's National Ballet School. Taught voice, music theatre, guitar, percussion); . Conductor / Coach of Early Music Ensembles at Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, University of Toronto (June 2000-July 2003; Coached and conducted early music ensembles of instrumentalists and vocalists); Early Music Ensemble Conductor and Vocal Coach at Lakefield Music for Adults in Lakefield Ontario (August 2010-August 2011; Conducted the Early Music Ensemble. Vocal technique coach); Conductor of Hart House Singers at the University of Toronto (September 2003-Present; A 100-voice choir at the University of Toronto. Highlights include W.A. Mozart's Requiem, J.S. Bach's Magnificat,(BWV 243), Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Dvorak's Stabat Mater and Mass in D, all with orchestra accompaniment with professional musicians and students from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. We also perform much world music in Zulu, Swahili, Russian, Finnish, Japanese, Arabic, Embu, Akan, Hebrew, Mandarin, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil).