About Jordan (450 Words)
Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith, known for his devotion to the music of our time, is the Music Director of Baltimore chamber orchestra Symphony Number One, Music Director at Hunt's Church, and was recently appointed Assistant Conductor at Hopkins Symphony Orchestra at Johns Hopkins University. He was formerly Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theater. Later this year, Jordan will return to the pit to make his debut with Opus Concert Theatre.
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.”
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 promoter and performer of new music, Jordan has a discography that encompasses six 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.
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 and the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra. He is currently the conductor of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra Symphonia.
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 quality new works for Marimba.
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.
An enthusiastic advocate for classical music, Jordan was invited to give a TED Talk at TEDxMidatlantic 2017. Aside from a range of academic topics, Jordan also writes for popular consumption as a contributor to Baltimore Magazine.