In this interview, I sit down with Jonathan Palant of the Dallas Street Choir to speak about the true purpose and mission of choral music and how it touches the lives of the disadvantaged just as much as those fortunate enough to be listening here today.
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Jonathan Palant teaches vocal music at both the University of Texas at Dallas and Richland College. He is also Minister of Music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, adult choir director at Temple Shalom, and founder and conductor of Credo, a 115-member community choir, and the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. From 2007-2011, he served as Artistic Director of Dallas’ Turtle Creek Chorale. Prior to that, 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.
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 his Brothers, Sing On! Choral Series are published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Dr. Palant holds degrees from Michigan State University, Temple University and the University of Michigan.