Jonathan Palant is a conductor, music educator, and writer. He currently teaches at Richland College in Dallas, Texas and serves as Minister of Music at Dallas’ Kessler Park United Methodist Church and is the founder and conductor of CREDO, an ecumenical mixed choir whose mission is to individuals of varying faith traditions through song. Previously, Palant held collegiate teaching positions at Western Kentucky University and Madonna University. He taught secondary choral music at University School, an all-boys independent school in Cleveland, Ohio, and San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California.
In 2014, Palant will conduct the Alabama All-State High School Men’s Chorus, present interest sessions at ACDA divisional conferences in Des Moines, Iowa and Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been invited to be Artist-in-Residence in the Surrey School System, Surrey, British Colombia. In June, Dr. Palant will lead 50 members of CREDO on a cross-cultural mission and performance tour to Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. 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 was clinician for a week-long retreat with Hawaii’s Puna Men’s Chorus.
From 2007 to 2011, 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.
Hal Leonard Corporation will soon release Palant’s book, Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir.
Dr. Palant holds degrees from Michigan State University, Temple University and the University of Michigan.