Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée is a rapidly rising conductor on today’s concert music stage and an internationally recognized scholar, and pedagogue. Dr. Vallée is Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montréal. Prior to his appointment at McGill University, he served as Director of Choral Studies at California State University in Los Angeles, and was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands.
Ensembles under his direction have sung for the American Choral Directors Association and California Music Educators Conferences, and were awarded first and second places at the San Luis Obispo International Choral Competition in 2011. In 2015, Maestro Vallée was the runner-up for the American Prize in Choral Conducting.
Jean-Sébastien Vallée holds degrees from Laval University, Sherbrooke University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in conducting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
In addition to his interest in choral, operatic, and orchestra music, Jean-Sébastien Vallée is an advocate for contemporary music, making one of his priorities to premiere and commission works by young composers and program rarely performed repertoire. As a scholar, his research interests are varied and focus primarily on Renaissance French music, the oratorical works of Michael Tippett, and conducting pedagogy, more specifically the connection between audiation and gestural communication. Dr. Vallée has been invited to present his research at several national and international conferences including the American Choral Directors Association Conventions, Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada, the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference, Podium, the national convention of Choral Canada, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona.
Maestro Vallée is also director of the renown choir of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul in Montreal, and artistic director of the Ottawa Choral Society. Upcoming performances include Pärt’s Passio, Bach’s Magnificat and B minor mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and the Annual CBC Christmas Sing-In with the choir of St. Andrew & St. Paul; Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Cantata BWV 80, Charpentier’s Te Deum, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the McGill University ensembles; the Requiem masses of Fauré, Mozart, and Goodall with the Ottawa Choral Society; and finally, Duruflé’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall in February 2018..