Director of Choral Studies
Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Sébastien Vallée is Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles where he teaches conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, directs the Three-Summer Master of Music in Choral Conducting and the CSULA Summer Choral Festival, and conducts the University’s choral ensembles and opera productions. Prior to his appointment at CSULA, Dr. Vallée was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands. Ensembles under his direction have sung for the American Association of Choral Conductors, California Music Educators Conferences and were awarded first and second place at the San Luis Obispo International Choral Competition in 2010.
Vallée has studied under such renowned conductors as Chester Alwes, Eduardo Diazmunoz, Iwan Edwards, Agnes Grossman, Chantal Masson-Bourque, Nicole Paiement, Raphaele Ponti, Miroslav Papsavov, Donald Schleicher, and Jon Washburn. Dr. Vallée holds degrees from the Université Laval, the Université de Sherbrooke, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In addition to his interest in choral, operatic, and orchestra music, 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, Dr. Vallée has presented his work on Renaissance French music at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Oklahoma City, and at Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada. Vallée was also invited to present his research on Michael Tippett's oratorical works at the 2011 National ACDA convention in Chicago and at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in 2012.
Dr. Vallée is Artistic Director of the Mountainside Master Chorale, Artistic Director of INSPIRAVI, a 20-voice professional choir, Director of Music at Glendale City Church, and Director of Music at Pasadena First United Methodist Church.
D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.M., University of California, Santa Cruz
Graduate Diploma in Conducting, Université de Sherbrooke
B.M., Université Laval