Jonathan Palant is a conductor, music educator, and writer. In addition to being minister of music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, he is an active guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and around the world, and has served as visiting professor of music at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and at Richland College, Dallas, Texas.
Recent engagements include performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall, presentations on American choral music hosted by the Korean Federation of Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea, lectures under the auspices of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) at the biennial National Conference, and a week-long retreat with Hawaii’s Puna Men’s Chorus. In 2014, Palant will conduct the Alabama All-State High School Men’s Chorus, and present interest sessions at ACDA divisional conferences in both Des Moines, Iowa and Cincinnati, Ohio.
From 2007 to 2011, Palant served as Artistic Director of Dallas’ Turtle Creek Chorale. Under his leadership, the Turtle Creek Chorale enjoyed milestones including the formation of the Partners In Harmony Massed Chorus, the Texas premiere of Night Passage, a one-act opera by Robert Moran based on the arrest of Oscar Wilde in London, and the premiere of the Turtle Creek Chorale commissioned work, Our Better Angels, composed by Andrea Clearfield, with text by Robert Espindola. Another first was the Chorale’s performance with the United States Army Chorus and the Dallas Wind Symphony—marking the first GALA-affiliated chorus appearance with a United States military music ensemble.
Dr. Palant sits on the board of directors of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses and has served on the state board of the Michigan chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and Youth First Texas where he was founder and conductor of Dallas PUMP!, a choir serving at-risk youth.
Hal Leonard Corporation will release Palant’s book, Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir, in the fall of 2013.
Dr. Palant holds degrees from Michigan State University, Temple University and the University of Michigan.