Jonathan MacArthur

Jonathan MacArthur (BMus’12) believes the arts are the lifeblood of any community. “Having spaces where we can meet, create, and share in artistic expression is vital,” he says. “I didn’t really have access to that growing up in a small town in PEI. But I knew Dalhousie was a hub for creativity and I wanted to be part of it, so I could explore my passion for music and opera.”

MacArthur says the experience was everything he hoped it would be. “I found a phenomenal curriculum,” he says. “My professors helped me learn the necessary skills to become a professional opera singer while exposing me to different styles of music that I continue to draw on as a vocalist and performer. So, my Dalhousie education is like a gift that keeps on giving.”

Now based in Toronto where he is the general manager of Against the Grain Theatre, MacArthur is excited to see the how the Dalhousie Performing Arts Campaign will build on the university’s tradition of excellence in artistic education and programming. “Having a state-of-the-art facility will not only infuse programs with renewed vigour and ideas, it will also offer the community a new, more welcoming space for connection and cultural expression.”