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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 currently Visiting Professor of Music / Director of Choral Activities at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. Palant also remains active as guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and around the world.
In 2012, engagements included a presentation on American choral music at the Korean International Choral Workshop, a weeklong retreat with Hawaii’s Puna Men’s Chorus and conducting the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in a choral-orchestral sing-along in Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall.
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 release Palant’s book, Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir, in the spring of 2013.
Dr. Palant holds degrees from Michigan State University, Temple University and the University of Michigan.