Jordan Randall Smith
Jordan Randall Smith
Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One (2019 Winner of the American Prize) and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Susquehanna University. Smith was formerly the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Gr. Assistant Conductor at Peabody Opera Theater, Assistant Conductor of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor of the Hopkins Concert Orchestra.
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.
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. Smith was named to the Executive Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity at SUNY-Fredonia in January 2020.
Jordan is a trained percussionist, placing third in the 2003 Percussive Arts Society’s keyboard percussion (marimba) competition. Smith remains active in the percussion community and in the commissioning of new works for marimba.
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. Recent presentations have included talks and panels at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME – Eastern Division), The College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), the International Conductors Guild, and the Music Educators Associations in Pennsylvania (PMEA), New Jersey (NJMEA), and Vermont (VMEA), as well as New Music DC. Jordan has also written as a contributor for Baltimore Magazine. More information is available at jordanrsmith.com