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educator , Television personality

Jonathan Swift, British television personality, educator. Member advisory board American Middle-East Christian Congress, since 2003; board trustees Michigan Opera; Member of Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Descendants Knights of Garter, Society Friends of St. George.

Background

Swift, Jonathan was born on April 26, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland. Arrived in the United States, 1948, naturalized, 1954. Son of John Francis and Catherline Little (McGowan) Swift.

Education

Master of Arts, Wayne State University, 1957. Postgraduate, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, 1955. Studied with Georges Jouatte, 1956.

Certified, Conservatoire National de Musique, France, 1955. Postgraduate, University Michigan, 1959. Postgraduate, Cambridge University, 1981.

Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 1983.

Career

On-camera teacher French Station WTVS, Detroit, 1955-1956, teacher American literature, 1960-1962. Instructor French Wayne State University, 1955-1960. Teacher English, French and social studies Detroit Public Schools, 1957-1964.

Teacher English and history Glasgow Corporation Schools, 1967. Teacher English and French Livonia (Michigan) Public Schools, 1967. Chairman English department Stevenson High School, 1970-1978, director School Global Education, 1978-1998.

Director Center International Studies Madonna University, since 1998. Senior lecturer Michigan State University.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Debut in opera as Alfredo in La Traviata, 1961. Host Public Broadcasting Service television and community television series Global Connections, Time Out for Opera, Dining Out With Jonathan Swift. Leading tenor with Detroit Piccolo Opera Company, 1981-1996, Detroit Grand Opera Association, 1965, Michigan Opera Company, 1961-1964.

      Concert soloist with major symphonies in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, 1961-1981. Appeared as tenor soloist in various radio and television programs, 1961-1981. Recording artist with Scotia and Andis, United Kingdom.

      Contributor articles and poems to professional and literature journals.

Membership

Member advisory board American Middle-East Christian Congress, since 2003. Board trustees Michigan Opera. Member of Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Descendants Knights of Garter, Society Friends of St. George.

Connections

father:
John Francis Swift

mother:
Catherline Little (McGowan) Swift