James Jordan

Host, Sounds Choral

Grammy™-nominated conductor James Jordan, Artistic Director and Conductor of The Same Stream is recognized and praised throughout the musical world as one of America’s pre-eminent conductors, recording artist, writer, music psychologist and innovators in choral music. He was described as a “visionary” by The Choral Journal, which cited his book Evoking Sound as a “must read.” His more than 45 books explore both the philosophical and spiritual basis of musicianship, as well as aspects of choral rehearsal teaching and learning and are considered to be essential books in the conducting profession. His book Evoking Sound has been praised by the Choral Journal as a “must read.” At Westminster Choir College he is professor and senior conductor, and he conducts Westminster Schola Cantorum and the critically acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices. He is also director of the Westminster Conducting Institute and co-director of the Choral Institute at Oxford.

Jordan’s career and publications have been devoted to innovative educational changes in the choral art, which have been embraced around the world. 2017-18 marks the publication of six new books. Inside the Choral Rehearsal is a landmark book applying the Music Learning Theory of Edwin Gordon to the choral rehearsal. Conductor as Prism, Conductor as Architect, The Complete Choral Warm-Up Exercises and The Anatomy of Tone and The Moral Acoustics of Sound will also be released. His residencies, master classes and guest conducting have taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015, conducting the New York premiere of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. He is also the conductor/artistic director of a new professional choir, The Same Stream which begins its touring schedule in 2018. In November 2015, Jordan conducted the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s First Symphony: Passiontide in Scotland. In 2016, the Westminster Williamson Voices was the first college choir to appear in the MetLiveArts series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art performing the virtuosic Kanon Pokajanen by Arvo Pärt.

James Jordan has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of Temple University, where he has been inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the distinguished alumni medal from Susquehanna University. He was awarded the distinguished Doctor of Music degree by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 2014 to honor his artistry and contributions to choral music throughout the world. The University, established in 1485, has awarded degrees throughout its history to only two Americans: James Jordan and Morten Lauridsen. He shares this honor with Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten and Joan Sutherland.

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Sounds Choral: Feb. 21

Feb 21, 2021

This week's Sounds Choral host, James Jordan, features selections from a new CD by The Aeolians of Oakwood University, conducted by Jason Max Ferdinand. Listen Sunday (2/21) at 2 pm. 

James Jordan hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (11/15) with a "sneak hear" of the new CD by The Same Stream choir, "The Fire of Love & Songs of Innocence," featuring music by Patrick Hawes. Tune in at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral presents a special three-week series focusing on the way the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the choral world. Our regular roster of Sounds Choral hosts joins David Osenberg for a Zoom roundtable discussion about the way the pandemic has shut down choral performances and how their ensembles have reacted.

Host James Jordan shares selections from the latest CD from Westminster Choir College's Westminster Williamon Voices this Sunday (8/30) on Sounds Choral at 2 pm.

Great works of music are determined by the timeless quality of their human messages that can speak to new generations. Sounds Choral host James Jordan this week looks at Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" and the way it resonates in our present times. Listen Sunday (6/28) at 2 pm.

Host James Jordan shares music of composer James Whitbourn that's relevant to our time and remembering the people lost to Covid-19 and the tragic death of George Floyd. Listen Sunday (6/7) at 2 pm.

Host James Jordan explores the spiritual world of the music of Arvo Part on Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/31 at 2 pm), sharing works that draw from the lessons of Part's life tragedies and how music can help and heal us in today's time of uncertainty.

Host James Jordan celebrates the life of Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor and long-time director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College- this the second in a three-part series- on this week's Sounds Choral, Sunday (4/19) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/1 at 2 pm) is hosted by James Jordan, professor at Westminster Choir College and Artistic Director and conductor of The Same Stream choir. The program includes selections from the choir's new CD Serenity, which features works by Paul Mealor.

Host James Jordan presents a selection of Swedish Christmas Carols from St. Jakub Choir in Stockholm, directed by Gary Graden. Listen to Sounds Choral Sunday (12/29) at 2 pm.

Sounds Choral this week launches an occasional series of programs devoted to the legacy of Westminster Choir College hosted by James Jordan, Director of the Westminster Conducting Institute. This Sunday (10/20) features a symphonic choir prepared by Elaine Brown conducted by Leonard Bernstein. in music of Francis Poulenc and Leos janacek.

Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor and long-time director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College, passed away in March at the age of 82, and Sounds Choral this Sunday (5/19 at 2 pm) celebrates his life  and legacy through his music.

James Jordan, professor and senior conductor at Westminster Choir College, hosts Sounds Choral this Sunday (4/14 at 2 pm), presenting Howard Goodall's Invictus: A Passion.

Sounds Choral this Sunday (3/17 at 2 pm) features the South Dakota Chorale, led by founder and conductor Brian A. Schmidt, as host James Jordan surveys from its CD, Sacred Songs of Life and Love.

James Jordan presents selections from the latest CD by the Westminster Williamson Voices on Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/3 at 2 pm) featuring Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass and other choral works.