Jonathan Palant is a conductor, music educator, and writer. He teaches vocal music at Richland College in Dallas, Texas, is Minister of Music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, directs the Temple Shalom Adult Choir, and is the founder and conductor of both the Credo Community Choir and the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. Previously, Palant held collegiate teaching positions at Western Kentucky University and Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan. He taught secondary choral music at University School, an all-boys independent school in Cleveland, Ohio, and San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California.
Upcoming conducting engagements include a choral-orchestral evening with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, all-state choirs in Kansas and North Carolina, and clinics in Wyoming and North Dakota. In 2016, Dr. Palant presented lectures at the American Choral Directors Association Divisional Conference in Sioux Falls, and at state music conferences in Arizona, Ohio. Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin. This past June, he lead 54 members of Credo on a cross-cultural mission and performance tour to Australia.
From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Palant served as Artistic Director of Dallas’ Turtle Creek Chorale. Under his leadership, the Turtle Creek Chorale enjoyed milestone events including 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.
Both Palant’s book, Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir and Brothers, Sing On! The Jonathan Palant Choral Series are published by Hal Leonard Co..