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Biography (500 Words)

Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One, Music Director at Hunt's Church, and Assistant Conductor of Hopkins Symphony Orchestra at Johns Hopkins University. Smith was recently named Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Susquehanna University. Also Principal Conductor of Opus Concert Theatre, Smith was formerly the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor at Peabody Opera Theater.

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 performances of Schoenberg's landmark Pierrot Lunaire. Conductor Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, “impressive.”

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. He frequently writes about new Florence Price developments on his blog.

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 joined the other fellows and the festival orchestra in concert.

An active promoter and performer of new music, Jordan has a discography that encompasses four critically-acclaimed commercial releases. “Conductor Jordan Randall Smith whips up a fine head of urgency, as the music veers from gesture to near-primal cry,” said Colin Clarke about Symphony Number One's More from 2016. Tim Smith wrote in The Baltimore Sun that “...Smith draws playing of considerable expressive character from the ensemble.” Jordan's history of commissions spans over 50 world premieres, garnering a Finalist nod in the 2018-19 American Prize in Conducting (results pending).

Jordan is also a student of early music, having formerly served as Apprentice Conductor of the Dallas Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus. Smith has mentored hundreds of young musicians in ensembles across the country including the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra, and the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra.

Jordan is a trained percussionist, placing in the 2003 Percussive Arts Society's keyboard percussion (marimba) competition, among others. Smith remains active in the percussion community and in the commissioning of new works for marimba.

Smith is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, a student of Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, and Markand Thakar. He received a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at Texas Tech University under Gary Lewis.

An enthusiastic advocate for classical music, Jordan was invited to give a TED Talk at TEDxMidatlantic 2017 and is regularly engaged to give clinics and presentations across the country, including at the 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.  Jordan also writes as a contributor to Baltimore Magazine.


Biography (300 Words)

Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One, Music Director at Hunt's Church, and Assistant Conductor of Hopkins Symphony Orchestra at Johns Hopkins University. Smith was recently named Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Susquehanna University. Also recently appointed Principal Conductor of Opus Concert Theatre, Smith was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theatre. Smith was lauded for being "an attentive partner" by the Baltimore Sun. His leadership of Mahler's fourth symphony was praised by the Sun's Tim Smith: "The third movement, in particular, was quite sensitively molded." Conductor Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, “impressive.”

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 and a Finalist for the 2018-19 American Prize in Conducting. An active supporter of new music, Jordan has a discography spanning four 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. Jordan is also a Creative Director of the International Florence Price Festival.

Smith has mentored hundreds of young musicians in ensembles across the country including the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra, and the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra.

A Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, Smith was a student of Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, and Markand Thakar. Jordan was invited to give a TED Talk at TEDxMidatlantic 2017 and is a contributor to Baltimore Magazine.


Biography (150 Words)

Jordan Randall Smith is the Director of Orchestras at Susquehanna University, Music Director of Symphony Number One, Conductor of the Hopkins Concert Orchestra, and Creative Director of the International Florence Price Festival. Jordan's leadership of Mahler's fourth symphony was praised by the Baltimore Sun: "The third movement, in particular, was quite sensitively molded." Conductor Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting, “impressive.”

A 2010 Bruno Walter Fellow at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Smith was recently named a Finalist of the 2018-19 American Prize in Conducting. Jordan has recorded four critically-acclaimed commercial releases and led over 50 world premieres.

Smith has mentored hundreds of young musicians across the country as a conductor of youth orchestras and in-demand clinician for school orchestras. A Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, Jordan gave a TED Talk at TEDxMidatlantic 2017 and is a contributor to Baltimore Magazine.


Biography (50 Words)

Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Director of Orchestras at Susquehanna University, Music Director of Symphony Number One, Conductor at Johns Hopkins University, and Creative Director at Price Fest. Jordan has led 50 world premieres, recorded four albums, spoken at TEDxMidatlantic, and has contributed to Baltimore Magazine.

 
 
Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One.