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.
Upcoming conducting engagements include the Colorado All-State High School Men’s Chorus, the North Carolina Middle School Honor Choir, the North Central ACDA divisional conference in Sioux Falls, and appearances in Columbus, Minneapolis, and Madison. This past June, he lead 65 members of CREDO on a cross-cultural mission and performance tour to Iceland. Also in 2015, Dr. Palant presented lectures at the American Choral Directors Association national conference in Salt Lake City and at state music conferences in both Texas and Arizona. He also conducted the American premiere of Street Requiem, a 45-minute work to remember those who died homeless. Composed by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, Jonathon Welch, Street Requiem featured opera superstar, Frederica von Stade.
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.