Jean-Sébastien Vallée

OCS Artistic Director & Conductor

Jean-Sébastien Vallée is an internationally recognized conductor, scholar, and pedagogue. He is Artistic Director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; and Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, and Coordinator of the Ensembles and Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. This is his final season as Artistic Director of the Ottawa Choral Society. Prior to his return to Canada, he was Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands.

In addition to his interest in choral, operatic, and orchestral music, Dr. Vallée is an advocate for contemporary music; he regularly premieres and commissions works by young composers. As a scholar, he has been invited to present his research at national and international conferences in North America, Europe and Asia.

Maestro Vallée’s work is broadcast internationally and can be heard on his albums Lux (ATMA, 2017), Requiem (ATMA, 2018 – requiems by Fauré and Duruflé), and Distance (ATMA, 2021).

Upcoming engagements include concerts at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, a tour with the National Youth Choir of Canada, concerts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and workshops as part of the World Expo on Choral Music in Lisbon, Portugal.