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.