Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One, and Assistant Conductor of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra at Johns Hopkins University. Smith was recently named Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra at Susquehanna University. Jordan recently received 2nd Place in The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting.
Smith was lauded for being "an attentive partner" by the Baltimore Sun. Jordan's leadership of Mahler's fourth symphony was praised by the Sun's Tim Smith: "The third movement, in particular, was quite sensitively molded." According to the Ft. Worth Music Examiner, Jordan, "drove an intensity in the air," leading the festival’s ensemble in residence, Ars Nova Dallas, in a series of performances of Schoenberg's landmark Pierrot Lunaire. Conductor Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, “impressive.” Smith was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Gr. Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theater at the Peabody Conservatory.
In 2016, Jordan was named a Baltimore Social Innovation Fellow for his work with Symphony Number One. He was the recipient of a Bruno Walter Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2010 where he studied with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, and Jennifer Higdon and conducted the festival orchestra in concert. An active supporter of new music, Jordan has a discography spanning six commercial releases and a history of commissions, leading over 50 world premieres. Jordan is also a student of early music, having formerly served as Apprentice Conductor of the Dallas Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus.
More recently, Jordan has been involved with blossoming public and scholarly interest in composer Florence Price and is a Co-Founder and Creative Director of the International Florence Price Festival.
Smith has mentored hundreds of young musicians in ensembles across the country including the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra.
A Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, Smith was a student of Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop. He received a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at Texas Tech University under Gary Lewis.