Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

Conductor

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Biography Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Co-founder of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and the festival's sister ensemble, Ars Nova Dallas, serving as Conductor and Artistic Director. The festival has offered Dallas and online audiences exciting and unique performances over the past four years, receiving rave reviews. According to the Ft. Worth Music Examiner, “There was a clean brilliance in instrumental execution from Mr. Smith's tight control... [In Pierrot Lunaire,] Smith adhered faithfully to Schoenberg's foreword and thus the sounds of the spirit soared.” Having seen excerpts of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, New York Philharmonic Music Director Allen Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting, “impressive.” Jordan is highly regarded for his innovative approaches to programming, thoughtful interpretations, and for using his interpersonal skills to serve as an advocate for classical music, with with attention to music of the modern era. As an advocate, Jordan says, “Perhaps the best analogy would be that I try to serve as simply a translator between two different musical languages; both are vibrant and beautiful, each of them in their own way. I believe that it is my job to help people to find that there is a relevance, a kind of electricity in the music that speaks directly to our modern values. Much of the time, it can be as simple as helping people to see the humor in a certain chord, or the optimism behind a particular musical gesture.” No stranger to the music of the great masters, Jordan Randall Smith formerly served as Apprentice Conductor of the Dallas Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus, assisting Maestro James Richman in rehearsals and performances. Mr. Smith is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral and operatic conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a student of Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop. With a firm commitment to developing the next generation of young musicians, Jordan has mentored hundreds of students in ensembles across the country, currently serving the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, among others. With deep connection to America's rich choral music heritage, Jordan Randall Smith formerly sang with the Highland Park Chorale and the Dallas Bach Society. The Dallas Morning News said of a 2010 Bach Society Messiah performance under James Richman, “the 24-voice chorus was admirably balanced and blended, with diction so clear that, for once, printed texts weren't missed.” Mr. Smith began his musical career as a percussionist and is still an active performer as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed for General Norman Schwartzkopf and several Dallas Mayors, among others. Jordan has worked with worldrenowned artists including Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, Peter Ettrup Larsen, and James Setapen.
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