Officers with the Turtle Creek Chorale board of directors confirmed this evening that the chorale’s artistic director, Jonathan Palant, has resigned. The Rev. Dawson B. Taylor, chair of the TCC board, said in a press release that he will in the coming days name a search committee to conduct a nationwide search for Palant’s replacement.
Palant has been artistic director of the chorale for the last four years, following Timothy Seelig who was artistic director for 20 years. Palant, who became minister of music at Kessler United Methodist Church in May, did not return a phone call from Dallas Voice this afternoon seeking comment.
The press release also said that the board will be naming a new executive director for the chorale sometime this week to replace Stephan Tosha who announced in May that he would be leaving July 30 to take a position with Morgan Stanley.
In the written statement released shortly before 9 p.m. today, Taylor said, “”A change in leadership is always a challenge, yet and I am reminded that the Turtle Creek Chorale is bigger than any one of us. As a non-profit arts organization committed to our community, we must assemble the best possible leadership team and staff to continue to build the chorale membership, donor relationships, revenues and ticket sales.”
The press release also noted that auditions and rehearsals will begin in August for the 32nd anniversary season entitled “M Is For Magnificent. Merriment. Movement. Majestic.”