Jonathan Palant teaches choral music at the University of Texas at Dallas and is founder and conductor of Credo, a 115-member community choir, and the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. In addition, Dr. Palant is minister of music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, adult choir director at Temple Shalom Dallas and is employed by the Dallas Independent School District to mentor middle and high school vocal music teachers.
On June 14, 2017, Dr. Palant will make his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in a concert featuring both Credo and the Dallas Street Choir, with guest soloists Frederica von Stade, Harolyn Blackwell, Stephen Schwartz, and Jake Heggie. Other upcoming conducting engagements include all-state choirs in Kansas and North Carolina, and clinics in Arkansas and Kentucky. In 2016, Dr. Palant presented lectures at the American Choral Directors Association Divisional Conference in Sioux Falls, and at state music conferences in Minnesota, Texas and Wyoming. This past June, he lead 54 members of Credo on a cross-cultural mission and performance tour to Australia.
In 2016, Musical America named Palant one of their “Innovators of the Year” for establishing the Dallas Street Choir.
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..