Meet the Conductor

JON ARTERTON moved to the St. Petersburg area in January 2016. In addition to starting the One City Chorus he was recently appointed the conductor of Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota. Jon began his musical journey as a choirboy at Washington DC's National Cathedral. He holds a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and was twice a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He also holds an MFA in Acting from Smith College, and has performed in hundreds of plays and musicals, including The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall on Broadway. He was the founder and musical arranger of The Flirtations, the proudly gay a cappella singing group which performed in venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, and which was seen in the film Philadelphia and on HBO, Good Morning America and MTV. In 2002 he founded The Outer Cape Chorale, a community chorus based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. By the time he left the Cape in 2015 the chorus had grown to 150 voices, and had performed such works as Requiems by Brahms, Mozart, Cherubini and Fauré, several Bach cantatas, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Haydn’s Creation and Mass in the Time of War, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man; as well as concerts of music by George Gershwin, Gilbert & Sullivan, Stephen Sondheim, the Beatles, folkies from the 60’s and more.  In Provincetown he also served as the Director of Music at The Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. He and his husband James Mack sing together frequently and have released a CD entitled “Legally Married… and the Sky Didn’t Fall!”.  In keeping with his philosophy that singing is good for one’s health and good for the world, Jon gives popular vocal workshops called “Singing with Courage.”