Director of Choral Studies
Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Sébastien Vallée is one of the nation’s leading new figures in the world of choral music. Dr. Vallée is Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles where he teaches conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to conducting the University's three choral ensembles. Prior to his appointment at CSULA, Sébastien was on the music faculty of the University of Redlands.
Sébastien has conducted over thirty ensembles in Canada and the United States including the Canadian National Youth Choir and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Dr. Vallée's ensembles have received the highest acclaim and have performed for the California Music Educators Association state conference in 2009 and were recently awarded a first place in the folksong competition and a second place in the required pieces and in the choir's choice competitions at the California International Choral Festival held in San Luis Obispo.
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 of 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 has also been invited to present his research on Michael Tippett's oratorical works at the 2011 National ACDA convention in Chicago.
D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
Graduate Diploma in Conducting, Université de Sherbrooke
B.M., Université Laval