About John

John Glenn Paton lives in Granada Hills, in the part of Los Angeles called the San Fernando Valley.  He and Joan Thompson have been married since 1987.  They are both retired from full time teaching and continue to teach privately at home.

Paton received his bachelor of music in voice from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1955.  He studied voice with Sonia Essin (student of Anne-Marie Schoen-René), piano with Melba Smith, and organ with Parvin Titus (student of André Marchal).

After two years in the U.S. Navy, he studied at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (NY) with Julius Huehn (another student of Anne-Marie Schoen-René).  He received the Master of Music in Music Literature with an applied voice emphasis in 1959.  His master’s essay was a commentary and performance edition for Psalm 39 by Benedetto Marcello, an excellent preparation for his later career as an editor of Italian Baroque vocal music.

Paton remained at the Eastman School one more year to earn the Performer’s Certificate.  He sang a newly composed work, “Fern Hill” by Richard Lane, with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Howard Hanson.

On a Fulbright scholarship, Paton studied German lieder in Stuttgart, Germany.  With his mentor, Prof. Hermann Reutter, at the piano, Paton recorded for Südwestfunk (Southwest German Radio) and subsequently made seven annual recital tours, performing lieder and compositions of Prof. Reutter.


10 Responses to About John

  1. Laurine Celeste Fox says:

    Hi, Professor Paton,

    I am currently studying your book “Gateway to French Diction” and thank you for such a great, helpful book.

    As a matter of fact, one of the reasons I’m studying this book is because, in addition to being a conductor, I’m preparing to publish several 18th century scenas for voice and orchestra which are in French. As I do so, it would be great to be able to consult with an expert such as yourself to make sure that I set the text correctly (the composer is often unclear about this). So I’m wondering… would you have the inclination and time to undertake such a consultation? If so, it would really be great to go over my questions with you!

  2. Corey Ja'Mont Alexander Smith says:

    Hello Sir,

    Two years ago, I was terribly interested in studying the music of Robert Franz. Since then, I have given two performances of his Lieder; I will attach one in this message from YouTube. However, I have to confess that I have a greater desire to be an entertainment lawyer and study at UCLA. I still practice, study, and learn his Lieder diurnally. I want to thank you for allowing me to have the music books and I want you to know that I will always cherish them along with our correspondences. I wish you the best and will update you as time progresses.

    GOD bless,


    Post Script: Please feel free to critique. I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

  3. Pamela Cody says:

    So nice to see your face after all this time! My best to you & Joan, Merry Christmas!

  4. A M. Huebner says:

    Dr. Patton

    Can you please tell me how you determined the true composer of Caro mio ben?

    Thank you,

    M. Huebner

  5. Dear John:

    A very fine German singer who is in the process of recording a great deal of Fanny Hensel’s songs and duets just sent me an email to say that Furore has snatched some of your editions, as they have mine. She wondered if you knew this?

    Suzanne in Fairbanks, Alaska

  6. Serena Kanig Benish says:

    Dear Dr. Paton,
    I had the pleasure of meeting you this summer at NATS in SLC and I have been an enthusiastic teacher with your music editions, in particular the second volume of the Italian arias and the Gateway edition. I have a student who is in love with “Un boccacin d’amante” and wants to use this for our concerto/aria audition with our university orchestra. We need to ascertain if there is indeed an orchestral score available for this aria before she auditions. We did contact music distribution service that the orchestra routinely uses to order music, and they did not have anything on record for an orchestra score for this aria. Can you help us with this? It is such a charming aria and so good for the younger voice, but we need the orchestra part.
    Thank you.
    Serena Kanig Benish seventhwife@gmail.com
    Utah Valley University
    Music Department
    Orem, Utah

  7. Edward Terpilowski says:

    I copied a list of your books and I tell my friends [both of them}that I graduated with you. Thank You for sending me your website it is now on my list of favorites. “E.T.”

    • Dhiraj says:

      Congratulations, John and Joan! The Parents, Families and Friends is a remarkable ogtanizarion. I am so glad to hear the good things that are happening at PFLAG Simi! Since we joined PFLAG in 1990, it has transformed our lives!

      • admin says:

        So nice to find a genuine response in among all of the spam that comes to my site. PFLAG Simi is still small but almost every meeting is blessed with some new visitor who really needs a place to tell and story and hear others’ stories. We are proud to be there.

  8. nicoleta and eduard kmen says:

    Hello John and Joan

    After many, many years I have the opportunity to welcome.

    All the best to you and all your friends.

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