Jean-Sébastien Vallée

Academic title(s): 

Ensembles and Conducting, Area Chair

Director of Choral Studies

Ensembles & Conducting
Contact Information
Email address: 
jean-sebastien.vallee2 [at]
Area Chair
Strathcona Music Building C610

D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.Mus University of California, Santa Cruz

Graduate Diploma Université de Sherbrooke

B.Mus Université Laval


Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée is an internationally recognized conductor, 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. 

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 renowned choir of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul in Montreal, and Music Director of the Ottawa Choral Society. His work has been broadcast by CBC and PBS, and can be heard on several recordings, including his new recordings entitled LUX (ATMA 2017) and REQUIEM (ATMA 2018).

Upcoming guest conducting activities include performances at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest with the academy chamber choir (April 2020), with the National Youth Choir of Canada (May 2020), and at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York (June 2020). Dr. Vallée will also present lectures a the World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2020


M.Mus in Choral Conducting

D.Mus in Choral Conducting

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